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This Day in Colonial History -- October 20th:
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 •  1528-Treaty of Gorinchem between Holy Roman Emperor Charles V and Duke Charles of Guelders
 •  1536-Danish/Norwegian king Christian III leads reform in Catholic possessions 
 •  1576-Spanish troops occupies and plunder Maastricht 
 •  1587-Battle of Coutras: Henri van Navarra beats Catholic League
 •  1603-Chinese uprising in Philippines fails after 23,000 killed 
 •  1634-English King Charles I disbands new "Ship Money" tax 
 •  1714-Georg Ludwig of Hannover crowned as King George I 
 •  1740-Maria Theresa becomes ruler of Austria, Hungary and Bohemia 
 •  1751-Royal ship Duc de Bourgogne launched at Rochefort 
 •  1774-Congress creates the Continental Association, implementing a trade boycott with Great Britain.
 •  1786-Harvard University organizes first astronomical expedition in U.S. 
 •  1803-U.S. Senate ratifies Louisiana Purchase
 •  1813-German Kingdom of Westphalia abolished 
 •  1817-First Mississippi "Showboat," leaves Nashville on maiden voyage 
 •  1818-49th parallel forms as border between U.S. and Canada 
  -U.S. and Britain agree to joint control of Oregon country 
 •  1819-Future Union General Daniel Sickles is born
 •  1820-Spain sells part of Florida to U.S. for $5 million 
 •  1822-First edition of London Sunday Times 
 •  1827-Battle of Navarino: Engl/Russian/French fleet beat Turk/Egyptian fleet
 •  1833-Charles Darwin reaches river mouth of Parana 
 •  1835-HMS Beagle leaves Galapagos Archipelago/sails to Tahiti 
 •  1842-Fugitive slave George Latimer captured in Boston
 •  1843-First Chinese immigrant arrives in Suriname 
 •  1847-Little William Nelman poisons his grandpa 
 •  1853-Poet Arthur Rimbaud is born
 •  1856-Arnhem-Oberhausen railway in Netherlands opens 
 

 
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posted on Colonial Sense: 10/19/2014
Panic over Ebola echoes the 19th-century fear of cholera
October 17, 2014, The Conversation by Sally Sheard
On October 19 an inspector sent north from London to Sunderland reported a long-awaited arrival: the first British case of cholera. It was 1831 and as part of a second pandemic cholera had again progressed from its Bengal heartland through Europe, before reaching the Baltic ports. It was only a matter of time.

The British public, informed by newspaper reports, were acquainted with the symptoms: profuse watery diarrhoea, severe abdominal pain and often death within a matter of hours. In advance of its arrival in Russia thousands fled from the cities. In Poland it was killing one in two victims. And unlike today, where oral rehydration solution can prevent dehydration and shock, there was no effective treatment.

posted on Colonial Sense: 10/19/2014
The (Still) Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe
October 07, 2014, Smithsonian Magazine by Natasha Geiling
It was raining in Baltimore on October 3, 1849, but that didn't stop Joseph W. Walker, a compositor for the Baltimore Sun, from heading out to Gunner's Hall, a public house bustling with activity. It was Election Day, and Gunner's Hall served as a pop-up polling location for the 4th Ward polls. When Walker arrived at Gunner's Hall, he found a man, delirious and dressed in shabby second-hand clothes, lying in the gutter. The man was semi-conscious, and unable to move, but as Walker approached the him, he discovered something unexpected: the man was Edgar Allan Poe. Worried about the health of the addled poet, Walker stopped and asked Poe if he had any acquaintances in Baltimore that might be able to help him. Poe gave Walker the name of Joseph E. Snodgrass, a magazine editor with some medical training. Immediately, Walker penned Snodgrass a letter asking for help.

posted on Colonial Sense: 10/09/2014 -- Followup
U.N. experts say Haiti wreck is not Columbus' flagship, Santa Maria
October 07, 2014, CNN by Laura Smith-Spark
An American explorer's claim to have found the long-lost Santa Maria, Christopher Columbus' flagship from his first voyage to the Americas, has been dismissed by a group of U.N. experts. Underwater explorer Barry Clifford made headlines when he said in May that he believed a shipwreck on a reef off Haiti's northern coast could be the fabled ship, which went down in 1492.

posted on Colonial Sense: 10/09/2014
AMC Revolutionary War Drama 'Turn: Washington's Spies' Begins Production on Season Two in Colonial Williamsburg
October 01, 2014, TV by the Numbers by Sara Bibel
The second season of AMC’s Revolutionary War drama “TURN: Washington’s Spies” began production this week in and around Richmond, Virginia, including at two historic locations in Williamsburg; Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area and on the campus of the College of William & Mary. The filming in Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area will take place at the Governor’s Palace, which was the official residence for the Royal Governors of the Colony of Virginia, as well as home to two of Virginia’s post-colonial governors, Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson, and marks only the second time a large-scale production has been allowed to film in the historic location, which previously hosted the filming of “John Adams.” The scenes taking place at the College of William & Mary will be filmed in the Sir Christopher Wren Building, which is the oldest college building in the United States and the oldest of the restored public buildings in Williamsburg. Additional production locations in Virginia for the second season include Tuckahoe, the Old Town area of City of Petersburg which will double for New York and Philadelphia; as well as various historic sites and parks in Hanover County, Henrico County, and Charles City County.

posted on Colonial Sense: 09/22/2014
Fantastically Wrong: Magellan’s Strange Encounter With the 10-Foot Giants of Patagonia
September 17, 2014, Wired by Matt Simon
In 1520, Ferdinand Magellan took time out of his busy schedule of sailing around the world to stop in what is now Patagonia, where he found a naked giant dancing and singing on the shore. Magellan ordered one of his men to make contact (the unwitting emissary’s no doubt hilarious reaction to this sadly has been lost to history), and to be sure to reciprocate the dancing and singing to demonstrate friendship.

posted on Colonial Sense: 09/22/2014
Castaways
September 15, 2014, Archaeology.org by Samir S. Patel
On the night of July 31, 1761, Jean de Lafargue, captain of the French East India Company ship L’Utile (“Useful”), was likely thinking of riches. In the ship’s hold were approximately 160 slaves purchased in Madagascar just days before and bound for Île de France, known today as Mauritius. It had been 80 years since the dodo had gone extinct on that Indian Ocean island, and the thriving French colony had a plantation economy in need of labor. However, though slavery was legal at the time, de Lafargue was not authorized by colonial authorities to trade in slaves.

According to the detailed account of the ship’s écrivain, or purser, as L’Utile approached the vicinity of an islet then called Île des Sables, or Sandy Island, winds kicked up to 15 or 20 knots. The ship’s two maps did not agree on the small island’s precise location, and a more prudent captain probably would have slowed and waited for daylight. But de Lafargue was in a hurry to reap his bounty. That night L’Utile struck the reef off the islet’s north end, shattering the hull. Most of the slaves, trapped in the cargo holds, drowned, though some escaped as the ship broke apart. The next morning, 123 of the 140 members of the French crew and somewhere between 60 and 80 Malagasy slaves found themselves stranded on Île des Sables—shaken and injured, but alive.

posted on Colonial Sense: 09/21/2014
How to Reassemble a 300-Year-Old Lost Ship
September 17, 2014, Popular Mechanics by Jacqueline Detwiler
In a winter storm in 1686 a 54-foot French frigate carrying a skeleton crew on an exploratory mission off the Texas coast sank in Matagorda Bay, halfway between Galveston and Corpus Christi. For more than 300 years it sat and decomposed, but portions of its keel and hull were mummified in 6 feet of mud. When those diminished but very important remains were raised in 1996, preservationists had an astonishing piece of good luck almost unheard of in the world of shipwreck rescue: Every important plank of wood had been marked with a Roman numeral, like a model in a box. Jim Bruseth, one of the research archaeologists leading the $17 million effort to recover and rebuild the frigate's remains—which are currently in some 600 pieces—calls it a ship kit.

posted on Colonial Sense: 09/21/2014
Uncovering Hidden Text on a 500-Year-Old Map That Guided Columbus
September 15, 2014, Wired by Greg Miller
Christopher Columbus probably used the map above as he planned his first voyage across the Atlantic in 1492. It represents much of what Europeans knew about geography on the verge discovering the New World, and it’s packed with text historians would love to read—if only the faded paint and five centuries of wear and tear hadn’t rendered most of it illegible.

But that’s about to change. A team of researchers is using a technique called multispectral imaging to uncover the hidden text. They scanned the map last month at Yale University and expect to start extracting readable text in the next few months, says Chet Van Duzer, an independent map scholar who’s leading the project, which was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

posted on Colonial Sense: 09/20/2014
Mystery Surrounds Skeletons in Mass Grave
September 12, 2014, Popular Archaeology by Staff
Further tests will be conducted on skeletons initially recovered from a centuries-old mass grave in Durham City, in the UK, in 2013.

...The remains of two individuals have been radiocarbon dated and the results point to a date of death sometime within 1440-1630.

posted on Colonial Sense: 09/20/2014
Ship From Doomed Franklin Expedition Found in Arctic After 169 Years
September 09, 2014, NBC News by Gil Aegerter
A ship that figures in one of the greatest mysteries in Arctic exploration — the 1840s disappearance of the Franklin Expedition — has been found, Canadian authorities said Tuesday.

It’s not known yet whether the ship found in Canada’s Arctic is the HMS Erebus or HMS Terror, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in a statement, but the discovery was confirmed Sunday using a remote underwater vehicle.

 

 
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