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John Frederick Lewis
an Orientalist English painter. He specialized in Oriental and Mediterranean scenes in exquisitely detailed watercolour or oils. Lewis lived for several years in a traditional mansion in Cairo, and after his return to England in 1851 he specialized in highly detailed works showing both realistic genre scenes of Middle Eastern life and more idealized scenes in upper class Egyptian interiors with no traces of Western cultural influence yet apparent.

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Cheerful, merry, gay. A common word, especially favored by poets, since Chaucer's TO ROSEMOUNDE (1380) : Therewith ye ben so mery and so jocunde. The o came into the word by association with Latin jocus, joke, jest; the word is from Latin jucundus, pleasant, from juvare, to help, to please. Hence also the rare English forms jucund, jucundity (16th, 17th, 18th centuries). Jocund was used by Shakespeare (ROMEO AND JULIET, 1592: Jocond day Stands tiptoe on the misty mountains' tops) , by Milton (L'ALLEGRO, 1632: And the jocond rebecks sound) , by Scott and more. Also jocundary; and the nouns jocundity, jocundness, jocundry. With Milton let us call the Muses to favour our close jocondrie -- or if we must, say with Byron We'll wear our fetters jocundly.

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At the Battle of Bunker Hill, what did the colonists use for cover and gain an advantage over the British?
  1. A stone wall

  2. A ditch

  3. A fence

  4. A hillside

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 •  1523-English troops occupy Montalidier France 
 •  1627-English assault on French Il de Re
 •  1644-Second Battle at Newbury: King Charles I beats parliamentary armies
 •  1651-English troops occupy Limerick Ireland
 •  1659-Two Quakers are executed for their religious beliefs in the Massachusetts Bay Colony
 •  1688-King James II fires premier Robert Spencer
 •  1702-English troops plunder St. Augustine, Florida 
 •  1775-King George III speaks to Parliament of American rebellion
 •  1780-An expedition from Harvard and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences misses a solar eclipse, with still no explanation of how they miscalculated the path of totality
 •  1787-The "Federalist Papers" begins publication,the first in a series of 85 essays (published serially, until May 28, 1788) by "Publius," the pen name of Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay, appears in the New York Independent Journal , calls for ratification of Constitution
 •  1795-Pinckney's Treaty (aka Treaty of San Lorenzo) between Spain and U.S. is signed, establishing southern boundary of U.S. and giving Americans right to send goods down Mississippi
 •  1810-U.S. annexes West Florida from Spain
 •  1830-Major-General Baron David Hendrik Chassé bombs Antwerp (Belgian revolution)
 •  1858-Future US president Theodore Roosevelt is born

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posted on Colonial Sense: 10/02/2016
Documents detail government damage of Trail of Tears
September 19, 2016, The Associated Press by Travis Loller and Erik Schelzig
The U.S. Forest Service has ripped up a portion of the Trail of Tears in the Appalachian Mountains, reopening wounds for Native Americans who consider sacred the land where thousands of their ancestors died during their forced migration westward.

...The portion of the damaged trail lies near Fort Armistead, one of the stops where Cherokees were held during their forced migration West in the 1830s. This part of the trail follows the first commercial road across the mountains in that region, the Unicoi Turnpike, which in turn followed the course of an ancient Native American trail.

posted on Colonial Sense: 10/02/2016
The Mary Rose artefact scans are a new way of analysing history
September 08, 2016, The Conversation by Nicholas Owen and Sarah Aldridge
As a sports and exercise biomechanist who has traditionally worked with professional athletes, it came as something of a surprise when the Mary Rose Trust contacted me back in 2011. The charity asked me to analyse the skeletons of men who drowned aboard the Mary Rose battleship in 1545. But these were no ordinary men, they were professional archers, and so could also be considered elite, or even ultra athletes, trained to go into battle for the then King of England, Henry VIII.

The research involved scanning the bones to produce very precise, virtual replicas. We analysed these replicas, minimising the need to handle bones directly. Our aim was to determine if, by precisely measuring the bones, we could identify which of the remains were the archers. This work – which was later used to put together a reconstruction of one archer’s face from a skull scan – was the very beginning of research which we now hope will unlock the past for scientists and historians all over the world.

posted on Colonial Sense: 09/30/2016
Slave to the Facts
September 24, 2016, Snopes by David Emery
CLAIM: Early in America's history, white Irish slaves outnumbered black slaves and endured worse treatment at the hands of their masters.

STATUS: Mixture

posted on Colonial Sense: 09/30/2016
Lost in the Great Fire: which London buildings disappeared in the 1666 blaze?
August 30, 2016, The Guardian (UK) by Dr Matthew Green
“Oh the miserable and calamitous spectacle!” wrote John Evelyn in 1666, “mine eyes … now saw above 10,000 houses all in one flame.” The conflagration he witnessed from 2-5 September destroyed much of the medieval metropolis, swallowing 400 streets, 13,200 houses, 87 churches, and 44 livery halls.

Many of the City of London’s most iconic buildings were consumed: St Paul’s Cathedral, the Royal Exchange, Newgate Prison, Christ’s Hospital, even Whittington’s Longhouse, one of the biggest public toilets in Europe, in the Vintry. Evelyn was aghast at the destruction of so much of the medieval centre: “London was, but is no more”.

posted on Colonial Sense: 09/25/2016
What Is Shakespeare’s Most Popular Play?
September 22, 2016, Priceonomics by Dan Kopf
William Shakespeare died 400 years ago, but his work is more popular than ever. Every year, hundreds of professional productions of his plays are put on in the United States alone, and there are over seventy Shakespeare festivals around the world. No other playwright comes close.

One of the most astonishing aspects of Shakespeare’s legacy is that no single play dominates his reputation. While most great artists have a seminal work—Leonardo and the Mona Lisa, Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice, Beethoven and Symphony No. 5—this is not true for Shakespeare. Ask people about the play the Bard is best known for, and you will get a variety of answers.

posted on Colonial Sense: 09/25/2016 -- Followup
UWF Archaeologists Find More Evidence Of Daily Life At 1559 Luna Settlement
September 19, 2016, WUWF (FL) by Sandra Averhart
It was nearly a year ago that the location of Tristan de Luna’s 1559 Settlement was discovered. Since then, University of West Florida archaeologists have ramped up their research of the Spanish colony that was doomed by a hurricane that struck on this day, September 19, 457 years ago.

During the past year, there’s been a lot of activity at the site, including the 2016 UWF Archaeology Summer Field School.

posted on Colonial Sense: 09/24/2016
Historic recognition: George Washington's family tree is biracial
September 18, 2016, The Associated Press by Staff
...At the time, George Washington Parke Custis was 16 and attending Princeton, one of several schools he bounced in and out of. Before long, he was back home at Mount Vernon, where he would be accused of fathering children with slaves.

Two centuries later, the National Park Service and the nonprofit that runs Washington's Mount Vernon estate are concluding that the rumors were true: In separate exhibits, they show that the first family's family tree has been biracial from its earliest branches.

posted on Colonial Sense: 09/24/2016
Searchers find 2nd ship from doomed British expedition
September 12, 2016, The Associated Press by Rob Gillies
The second of two British explorer ships that vanished in the Arctic nearly 170 years ago during a storied expedition to find the fabled Northwest Passage has been found.

The Arctic Research Foundation said Monday that the HMS Terror has been located by a research ship. Last seen in the 1840s while under the command of Sir John Franklin, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror have long been among the most sought-after prizes in marine archaeology and the subject of songs, poems and novels. The wreck of the Erebus was found in 2014.

posted on Colonial Sense: 09/23/2016
Deep in the Swamps, Archaeologists Are Finding How Fugitive Slaves Kept Their Freedom
September 15, 2016, Smithsonian Magazine by Richard Grant
...We don’t know much about them, but thanks to the archaeologist hacking through the mire ahead of me, we know they were out here, subsisting in hidden communities, and using almost nothing from the outside world until the 19th century. The Dismal Swamp covered great tracts of southeast Virginia and northeast North Carolina, and its vegetation was far too thick for horses or canoes. In the early 1600s, Native Americans fleeing the colonial frontier took refuge here, and they were soon joined by fugitive slaves, and probably some whites escaping indentured servitude or hiding from the law. From about 1680 to the Civil War, it appears that the swamp communities were dominated by Africans and African-Americans.

posted on Colonial Sense: 09/23/2016
Move Afoot to Preserve Revolutionary War Soldier's Grave
September 14, 2016, The Associated Press by Staff
A federal agency is stepping in to prevent a Revolutionary War soldier's grave from sliding into the Cumberland River in eastern Kentucky.

Local news reports say the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will fix sinking ground at a hilltop cemetery in Loyall where Samuel Howard, his wife and infant son are buried.

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