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Captain John Smith was forced to return to England after being injured by what?
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This Day in Colonial History -- August 21st:
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 •  1560-Tycho Brahe becomes interested in astronomy 
 •  1598-Deed of Transfers proclaims Netherlands independence 
 •  1673-Sea Battle of Texel (aka Battle of Kijkduin): De Ruyter defeats English and French fleet
 •  1680-Pueblo Indians takes possession of Santa Fe from Spanish 
 •  1703-Turkish army removes sultan Mustafa II 
 •  1707-The Siege of Toulon ends as French and Spanish force defeat Austrian, Dutch, Savoy and British armies
 •  1718-Emperor Karel VI, Turkey and Venice sign peace treaty 
 •  1754-Banastre Tarleton born in Liverpool
 •  1831-Slave revolt erupts in Virginia
 •  1841-John Hampton patents venetian blind 
 •  1858-First Lincoln-Douglas debate (Illinois)
 

 
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posted on Colonial Sense: 08/20/2014
Still 'drinkable': 200-year-old booze found in shipwreck
August 18, 2014, LiveScience by Agata Blaszczak-Boxe
A 200-year-old stoneware seltzer bottle that was recently recovered from a shipwreck at the bottom of the Baltic Sea contains alcohol, according to the results of a preliminary analysis.

Researchers discovered the well-preserved and sealed bottle in June, while exploring the so-called F53.31 shipwreck in Gdansk Bay, close to the Polish coast. Preliminary laboratory tests have now shown the bottle contains a 14-percent alcohol distillate, which may be vodka or a type of gin called jenever, most likely diluted with water.

posted on Colonial Sense: 08/20/2014
This Art Form Disappeared for 300 Years. Meet the Man Who Brought It Back
August 12, 2014, Indian Country Today by Harlan McKosato
Joshua Madalena believes that Jemez black-on-white pottery is the original art form of the Jemez Pueblo people. This unique form of ceramic pottery is tempered with volcanic tuff or rock, slipped with white clay, painted with carbon (vegetable) paint, and fired in an oxygen-free atmosphere. The pottery was used, based on archaeological findings, from about 1300 to 1700 AD throughout the Jemez (pronounced hey-mess) Mountain range and surrounding areas, before being extinguished by Spanish occupation of modern day New Mexico.

posted on Colonial Sense: 08/15/2014
Mona Lisa Mania: Our Bizarre Infatuation with That ‘Happy Woman’
August 06, 2014, Biographile by Dianne Hales
Presidents and princes lauded her. Poets penned sonnets to her. Singers crooned of her. Admirers reproduced her image in beads, bread, bulbs, jellybeans, Legos, seaweed and just about every other material imaginable.

But Leonardo da Vinci’s model has stirred more than adulation. A vandal threw acid at the lower part of the painting. A young Bolivian flung a rock, chipping the left elbow. A Russian woman distraught over being denied French citizenship hurled a souvenir mug. The portrait, barricaded behind bulletproof glass, was unharmed

posted on Colonial Sense: 08/15/2014
Shipwrecked and kidnapped: a tale of two castaways on the Great Barrier Reef
July 25, 2014, ABC by Iain McCalman
This is a story of shipwreck, near death, rescue and unexpected friendship. In the mid-19th century, two European youths were separately lost at sea off the Great Barrier Reef, 1000 kilometres apart. Both were rescued and nurtured by Aborigines and by a strange coincidence, each lived with their separate rescuers for 17 years.

At the end of those 17 years, the English sailor chose to leave his adopted people and join the invading British colonists around Bowen, while the other was kidnapped by British trepang (sea cucumber) hunters near today’s Lockhart River on Cape York and returned to his native France. The British men, brandishing guns, believed they were rescuing him. He regarded himself as kidnapped.

posted on Colonial Sense: 08/01/2014
Family finds 300-year-old sunken treasure off Florida's east coast
July 30, 2014, Reuters by Barbara Liston
A Florida family scavenging for sunken treasure on a shipwreck has found the missing piece of a 300-year-old gold filigree necklace sacred to Spanish priests, officials said on Tuesday.

Eric Schmitt, a professional salvager, was scavenging with his parents when he found the crumpled, square-shaped ornament on a leisure trip to hunt for artifacts in the wreckage of a convoy of 11 ships that sank in 1715 during a hurricane off central Florida's east coast.

posted on Colonial Sense: 08/01/2014 -- Followup
Origins of mysterious World Trade Center ship revealed
July 29, 2014, LiveScience by Megan Gannon
In July 2010, amid the gargantuan rebuilding effort at the site of the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan, construction workers halted the backhoes when they uncovered something unexpected just south of where the Twin Towers once stood.

At 22 feet (6.7 meters) below today's street level, in a pit that would become an underground security and parking complex, excavators found the mangled skeleton of a long-forgotten wooden ship.

posted on Colonial Sense: 07/29/2014
Oldest recorded near-death experience discovered
July 27, 2014, The Times of India by Staff
The oldest medical description of a "near-death" experience has been discovered in a report from a French physician in 1740, scientists say.

The description was found by Dr Phillippe Charlier, a medical doctor and archeologist in France, in a book he had bought in an antique shop.

posted on Colonial Sense: 07/29/2014
Exhibit on real Johnny Appleseed will hit the road
July 19, 2014, The Associated Press by Lisa Cornwell
If you picture Johnny Appleseed as a loner wearing a tin pot for a hat and flinging apple seeds while meandering through the countryside, experts say you're wrong.

They're hoping that a traveling exhibit funded by an anonymous donation to a western Ohio center and museum will help clear misconceptions about the folk hero and the real man behind the legend.

posted on Colonial Sense: 07/25/2014
The Myth of the Perpetual Motion Machine
July 22, 2014, Disinformation.com by Marcie Gainer
History is rife with intriguing stories of conmen and their ploys. The pathetic, but interesting, story of Charles Redheffer is a testament to the fact that smart men will always expose the dumb man (especially when they are as arrogant as Charles Redheffer).

In 1812, Mr. Redheffer arrived in Philadelphia claiming that he had invented a “perpetual motion machine.” He claimed that it required nothing to run. Quickly Redheffer became something of a celebrity in Philadelphia, where he charged the locals to witness his fantastical machine at work.

posted on Colonial Sense: 07/25/2014
The Descendants of Abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison Donate Family Heirlooms to the Smithsonian
July 18, 2014, Smithsonian by Max Kutner
Growing up, the descendants of abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison knew the attic was off-limits. The Victorian house near Boston had been in their family since the turn of the 20th century, and as family members passed away, heirlooms accumulated on the top floor. When the Garrisons decided to sell the house four years ago, they moved those heirlooms into storage. Last week, the family donated ten of them, including stunning photographs, a watch and Civil War weaponry, to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, set to open in 2016.

Garrison, who was white, helped found the American Anti-Slavery Society, the first abolitionist society to include both blacks and whites. “It’s really the bedrock for where white America begins to demonstrate inequality with African Americans,” says museum curator Nancy Bercaw. In 1831, Garrison founded The Liberator, an anti-slavery publication that Bercaw says likely inspired the Nat Turner slave rebellion.

 

 
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