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posted on Colonial Sense: 01/27/2015 -- Followup Experts examine bones as Spain hunts for Cervantes' remains January 24, 2015, The Associated Press by Jorge Sainz and Harold Heckle Forensic experts began excavating graves and examining bones Saturday in a tiny chapel in Madrid, hoping to solve the centuries-old mystery of exactly where the great Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes was laid to rest.
The author of "Don Quixote" was buried in 1616 at the Convent of the Barefoot Trinitarians in Madrid's historic Barrio de las Letras, or Literary Quarter, but the exact whereabouts of his grave within the convent chapel are unknown.
posted on Colonial Sense: 01/27/2015 Broken Promises On Display At Native American Treaties Exhibit January 18, 2015, NPR by Hansi Lo Wang For centuries, treaties have defined the relationship between many Native American nations and the U.S. More than 370 ratified treaties have helped the U.S. expand its territory and led to many broken promises made to American Indians.
A rare exhibit of such treaties at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., looks back at this history. It currently features one of the first compacts between the U.S. and Native American nations – the Treaty of Canandaigua.
posted on Colonial Sense: 01/26/2015 Fleeing To Dismal Swamp, Slaves And Outcasts Found Freedom December 28, 2014, NPR by Sandy Hausman Most Americans know about the Underground Railroad, the route that allowed Southern slaves to escape North. Some slaves found freedom by hiding closer to home, however — in Great Dismal Swamp.
The swamp is a vast wetland in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. In George Washington's time, it was a million acres of trees, dark water, bears, bobcats, snakes and stinging insects. British settlers, who first arrived in 1607, believed the swamp was haunted.
Jews prospered in medieval Spain, under Muslim and Christian rule. But that changed in 1492, when the Catholic monarchs, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, expelled them.
posted on Colonial Sense: 01/25/2015 How the Choctaws Saved the Irish January 17, 2015, Indian Country Today by Staff We're overstating the case there—the Choctaws didn't save the Irish, but they sure tried to help. The year was 1847, and the the Great Irish Famine (sometimes called the Irish Potato Famine by non-Irish) was in its second year. Individuals in the Choctaw Nation—with the hardships of The trail of Tears, 16 years earlier, perhaps still in mind—learned of the catastrophe in Ireland and sent copy70 of their own money to help.
The year was 1846, and our would-be hero was a Hungarian doctor named Ignaz Semmelweis.
posted on Colonial Sense: 01/23/2015 Battle of Waterloo: Search for UK soldiers' descendants January 11, 2015, BBC (UK) by Staff A search is being launched for Britons whose ancestors fought at Waterloo, on the 200th anniversary of Britain and its allies' victory over Napoleon.
Hundreds of thousands of people in the UK are estimated to have relatives who fought in June 1815.
posted on Colonial Sense: 01/23/2015 On the trail of Hernán Cortés December 20, 2014, The Economist by Staff THE state of Veracruz, on the Gulf coast, is Mexico at its most fertile. Along the tropical coastline, vast sugar-cane plantations shimmer in the heat. Climb the mountains towards the balmier state capital of Jalapa and the landscape changes into a canopy of coffee plants and orange trees, with cattle and horses grazing. Mexicans will tell you that this natural bounty is the essence of their country. What many fail to realise, though, is that until 500 years ago none of these crops or animals existed in Mexico. Veracruz was the gateway through which they entered, and it was Spaniards who brought them.
The unusual rhythms found in some of Beethoven's most iconic works may be linked to the heart condition cardiac arrhythmia, which he is suspected to have had, research from the University of Michigan and University of Washington suggests.
posted on Colonial Sense: 01/14/2015 6 Myths About the Battle of New Orleans January 08, 2015, History.com by Christopher Klein Outside New Orleans on January 8, 1815, a badly outnumbered, motley collection of regular soldiers, backcountry riflemen and lawless pirates led by Major General Andrew Jackson scored a lopsided victory against the mighty British army. The surprising triumph not only boosted American pride and transformed Jackson into a national hero, it also quickly became shrouded in mythology. On the bicentennial of the Battle of New Orleans, learn the truth behind six common misconceptions about one of the most famous showdowns of the War of 1812.