In 1737, Penn Colony exchanged much of its political goodwill with the Native Lenape for more land. The colonial administrators claimed that they had a deed dating to the 1680s in which the Lenape-Delaware had promised to sell a portion of land beginning between the junction of the Delaware River and Lehigh River (near present Wrightstown, Pennsylvania) "as far west as a man could walk in a day and a half." This purchase has become known as?
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posted on Colonial Sense: 09/01/2015 Cholera victims’ bones from 1830s found on Luas line dig August 29, 2015, The Irish Times (Ireland) by Fiona Gartland The bones of victims of a cholera epidemic in the 1830s have been uncovered as part of preparation works for the Luas cross-city line at Broadstone, Dublin.
The remains were found last week by workers at the Broadstone Bus Éireann Garage on the north side of the city.
That’s a dollar sign. You probably knew that.It’s also an S with a vertical line through it. You probably knew that, too.But: there isn’t an “S” in the word “dollar.” There are vertical lines, maybe? If you count the two “L”s? But there’s no S, regardless.
What’s going on here?
posted on Colonial Sense: 08/29/2015 Rhode Island Church Taking Unusual Step to Illuminate Its Slavery Role August 23, 2015, The New York Times by Katharine Q. Seelye One of the darkest chapters of Rhode Island history involved the state’s pre-eminence in the slave trade, beginning in the 1700s. More than half of the slaving voyages from the United States left from ports in Providence, Newport and Bristol — so many, and so contrary to the popular image of slavery as primarily a scourge of the South, that Rhode Island has been called “the Deep North.”
That history will soon become more prominent as the Episcopal diocese here, which was steeped in the trans-Atlantic slave trade, establishes a museum dedicated to telling that story, the first in the country to do so, according to scholars.
The information contained in the inscriptions, combined with detailed chemical analysis of stalagmites in the cave, together paint an intriguing picture of how societies are affected by droughts over time: the first time that it has been possible to conduct an in situ comparison of historical and geological records from the same cave. The results, published in the journal Scientific Reports, also point to potentially greatly reduced rainfall in the region in the near future, underlying the importance of implementing strategies to deal with a world where droughts are more common.
The ship, which sank in 1665 after a mysterious explosion with at least 300 crew members on board, lies broken up on the seabed and is being further damaged with every tide. But the gun carriage has come to the surface in startlingly good condition, still with a length of rope threaded through a pulley block.
posted on Colonial Sense: 08/28/2015 Price of Britain’s slave trade revealed August 12, 2015, ScienceDaily by Staff Letters and papers revealing in detail how human beings were priced for sale during the 18th century Transatlantic Slave Trade have been made available to researchers and the public.
Letters discussing the value and sale of slaves in the 18th century, which provide a distressing reminder of the powerful business interests that sustained one of the darkest chapters in British history, are to be made available to researchers and the public by St John's College, University of Cambridge.
posted on Colonial Sense: 08/27/2015 Twelve skeletons found beneath Swedish castle August 13, 2015, The Local (Sweden) by Staff Two of the skeletons were preserved in coffins, while the others were buried in soil beneath the wall of Kalmar Castle, which is one of southern Sweden's most famous historical sites.
...He said it remained a mystery how the people had died, but added that his team's best guess was that they were castle staff who became sick in the late 1400s or early 1500s.
posted on Colonial Sense: 08/27/2015 -- Followup Possible 1665 'plague pit' latest unearthed link to London's storied past August 12, 2015, CNN by Laura Smith-Spark and Kellie Morgan If you scratch the surface of a 2,000-year-old city like London, you frequently find clues to its past -- whether Roman, medieval or remnants of the 20th century's greatest conflict.
Three-hundred and fifty years ago, London suffered its last major outbreak of plague. As many as 100,000 people, or a fifth of its population, died as the disease swept through the city.
posted on Colonial Sense: 08/26/2015 Gruesome Great Plague burial pit unearthed by Crossrail August 12, 2015, Wired by James Temperton A mass burial pit thought to contain 30 victims of the Great Plague of 1665 has been discovered by Crossrail workers near Liverpool Street station in London.
The bodies and a gravestone marked "1665" were unearthed during excavations of the Bedlam burial ground, which will one day form the eastern entrance of the new Crossrail station in the City of London.
This is a hand colored copper-plate print, engraved by Sydenham Edwards for William Curtis´ Flora Londinensis published between 177 and 1798. Credit: University of East Anglia
Documents dating back to the 16th Century provide a unique insight into one of Darwin's landmark studies - according to new research from the University of East Anglia.
In 1862, Darwin presented the case that some plant species have two floral forms that differ in height and arrangement of the male and female sexual structures - and adopted the term 'heterostyly'.