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[T]o exclude foreign intrigues and foreign partialities, so degrading to all countries and so baneful to free ones; to foster a spirit of independence too just to invade the rights of others, too proud to surrender our own, too liberal to indulge unworthy prejudices ourselves and too elevated not to look down upon them in others; to hold the union of the States on the basis of their peace and happiness; to support the Constitution, which is the cement of the Union, as well in its limitations as in its authorities; to respect the rights and authorities reserved to the States and to the people as equally incorporated with and essential to the success of the general... as far as sentiments and intentions such as these can aid the fulfillment of my duty, they will be a resource which can not fail me.
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Second Inaugural Address, March, 1813

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 •  1515-Anna of Bohemia (12) marries Karel van Ferdinand of Austria 
  -Louis of Hungary (9) marries Maria of Bohemia and succession to Hungarian throne; Congress of Vienna settles issues between Poland and Holy Roman Empire 
 •  1533-Ferdinand of Austria and Suleyman I (Ottoman Empire) sign the Treaty of Constantinople
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 •  1582-Willem van Orange moves from Antwerp to Delft 
 •  1587-Second English colony forms on Roanoke Island off North Carolina 
 •  1598-The Merchant of Venice is entered on the Stationers' Register
 •  1632-Foundation laid in Madrid for Buen Retiro-palace for king Philip IV 
 •  1648-10,000 Jews of Polannoe murdered in Chmielnick massacre 
 •  1686-City of Albany, New York chartered 
 •  1691-Battle of Aghrim: English/Dutch army beats France 
 •  1729-Diamonds found in Minas Geras, Brazil 
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 •  1775-George Washington takes command of U.S. troops 
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 •  1796-Cleveland, Ohio, founded by General Moses Cleaveland
 •  1812-Duke of Wellington defeats French at Battle of Salamanca, Spain
 •  1844-Reverend William Archibald Spooner (of "spoonerism" fame) is born
 •  1859-V E Walker takes 10-74 in an innings for England vs. Surrey 

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posted on Colonial Sense: 07/16/2014
The atlas of King George
July 05, 2014, The Economist by Staff
WHEN King George III proclaimed in 1763 that Canada’s indigenous peoples had rights to their ancestral lands, it bought peace with the locals who outnumbered and sometimes outfought the British colonists. But as the balance of inhabitants shifted—indigenous people now account for only 4.3% of the population—governments took an increasingly narrow view of that promise. In some cases they ignored it completely. On June 26th the Supreme Court of Canada provided a sharp reminder that King George’s word is still law.

posted on Colonial Sense: 07/16/2014
Phil Collins gives collection of Alamo artefacts to Texas
June 26, 2014, The Guardian (UK) by Tom Dart
Phil Collins, the British pop star, is in the limelight again for donating his private collection of about 200 artefacts from the Texas revolution and the Battle of the Alamo to the state of Texas so they can be stored and displayed at the historic site of the Alamo in San Antonio.

posted on Colonial Sense: 07/07/2014
State to renounce Trail of Tears at Friday event
July 25, 2014, The Tennessean by Andy Humbles
Lawmakers will publicly renounce Tennessee’s role in the Indian Removal Act of 1830 known as the Trail of Tears at a ceremony on Friday, in the chamber of the House of Representatives.

The ceremony follows a resolution passed by the state legislature and now signed by Gov. Bill Haslam that states regret over the state’s involvement.

posted on Colonial Sense: 07/07/2014
The Bizarre Mechanical Messiah of John Murray Spear
June 24, 2014, Mysterious Universe by Micah Hanks
Clergyman, abolitionist, secret-society founder, 1850's women’s rights and free-love advocate… and eventually a steam-punk “godsmith” seeking to create a kind of holier-than-holy, copper-bound mecha-messiah.

Needless to say, John Murray Spear must have been a sight to be held in his day.

posted on Colonial Sense: 07/06/2014
Long-lost shipwreck found in Lake Michigan, explorer says
June 24, 2014, The Associated Press by Staff
A debris field at the bottom of Lake Michigan may be the remains of the long-lost Griffin, a vessel commanded by a 17th-century French explorer, said a shipwreck hunter who has sought the wreckage for decades.

Steve Libert told the Associated Press that his crew found the debris this month about 120 feet from the spot where they removed a wooden slab a year ago that was protruding from the lake bottom. Libert believes that timber was the bowsprit of Rene-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle's ship, although scientists who joined the 2013 expedition say the slab more likely was an abandoned fishing net stake.

posted on Colonial Sense: 07/06/2014
The mystery of where Plymouth got its start
June 21, 2014, The Boston Globe (MA) by David Filipov
Every American schoolchild knows the story of the Pilgrims’ settlement of Plymouth. But even the most exacting US historian cannot say for sure precisely where that settlement stood.

Now, a team of archeologists is digging through the sand at the bottom of Burial Hill in Plymouth center, their hopes set on unlocking a mystery that has intrigued researchers for generations: the location of the early 17th-century palisades that would define the original borders of the town that calls itself America’s Hometown.

posted on Colonial Sense: 07/05/2014 -- Followup
Haiti: UNESCO to send experts to examine possible wreck of 'Santa Maria'
June 23, 2014, UN News Centre by Staff
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced today that it will provide technical assistance requested by the Government of Haiti and send a mission to the site of an underwater shipwreck, which may be that of the Santa Maria, the flagship of Christopher Columbus’s first voyage to America.

In a letter dated 12 June, Haitian Culture Minister Monique Rocourt asked for the support of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Body of UNESCO’s 2001 Convention on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage, requesting that a mission of experts be sent to the site.

posted on Colonial Sense: 07/05/2014
Power company clashes with US history in Virginia
June 21, 2014, The Associated Press by Steve Szkotak
A power company's plan to build high-rise transmission towers within sight of Jamestown Island has stirred opposition from historic preservationists who say they'll be a visual blight from the swampy shore where America sprouted.

Dominion Virginia Power is awaiting permits from the Army Corps of Engineers to construct 17 towers across 4 miles of the James River. The towers would rise above the river to a height ranging from 160 feet to 295 feet, nearly the same height of the Statue of Liberty.

posted on Colonial Sense: 07/04/2014
Are We Reading One of the Declaration of Independence’s Most Iconic Lines Wrong?
July 03, 2014, The Blaze by Liz Klimas
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”


It is that period in the official transcript and on the 1823 engraving held by the National Archives and Records Administration that is being called into question on the Declaration of Independence, drafted by Thomas Jefferson and signed on July 4, 1776, by the Second Continental Congress.

posted on Colonial Sense: 07/04/2014
The Price They Paid
July 03, 2014, Snopes by Staff
Claim: Essay outlines the fates of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.

Status: Mixture Of True And False Information


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