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 •  1493-Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I also becomes Archduke of Austria
 •  1524-Emperor Charles V's troops besieges Marseille 
 •  1561-Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, arrives in Leith Scotland to assume throne after spending 13 years in France
 •  1587- Sigismund III Vasa nominated to be king of Poland
 •  1591-French king Henry IV occupies Rouen 
 •  1627-Prince Frederick Henry conquers fort Groenlo
 •  1691-Battle of Szalankemen: Austrians beat Turks
 •  1692-5 people, including a clergyman, executed after being convicted for witchcraft in Salem, Mass
 •  1698-Russian czar Peter the Great begins term 
 •  1702-Battle of Santa Marta Venz: English fleet beat French
 •  1772- Gustav III seizes effective control of Swedish government and restores full power of monarchy, which had been subordinate to parliament since 1720
 •  1779-Americans raid Paulus Hook, New Jersey
 •  1791-Benjamin Banneker sends a letter and his first Almanac to Thomas Jefferson
 •  1796-Spain and France sign the Second Treaty of San Ildefonso, combining forces in an anti-English alliance
 •  1812-U.S. warship Constitution defeats British warship Guerriere
 •  1816-Java again in Dutch hands 
 •  1821-Failed liberal coup against French King Louis XVIII 
 •  1826-Canada Company chartered to colonize Upper Canada (Ontario)
 •  1839-Details of Louis Daguerre's first practical photographic process are released in Paris
 •  1849-New York Herald reports gold discovery in California 


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posted on Colonial Sense: 08/19/2019
Clotilda: Last US slave ship discovered among gators, snakes
May 24, 2019, by Jay Reeves
The old wooden ship hull didn't look like much when researchers first saw it: just broken, waterlogged boards and a few pieces of rusted metal, all stuck in the muddy bottom of a bug-infested Alabama bayou where an alligator and poisonous water moccasins swam nearby.

Months later, after hundreds of hours of study and testing, historians say the wreck is the Clotilda , the last ship known to transport African captives to the American South for enslavement.

The question now becomes what to do with the remnants of a ghostly vessel that's a testament to the horror of human bondage.

posted on Colonial Sense: 08/18/2019
The Liechtensteinian Lady Burglar and Her Mysterious Trunk
May 06, 2019, Atlas Obscura by Sabrina Imbler
BARBARA ERNI’S SECRET WAS THAT she never had junk in her trunk. According to her, it held a potpourri of precious treasures. In reality, it held a tiny man, or possibly a large child.

Born to homeless parents in 1743 in the town of Feldkirch, Austria, which sits on the border between Switzerland and the tiny principality of Liechtenstein, Erni eventually made the best of her impoverished upbringing. Liechtensteinian legend has it that she was quite beautiful, boasting a mop of strawberry blond hair that earned her the nickname the “Golden Boo,” writes Barbara Greene in her book Liechtenstein: Valley of Peace. Erni also possessed what townspeople saw as nearly superhuman strength that allowed her to tramp through the European countryside with an enormous satchel or treasure chest strapped to her back. She walked from inn to inn, where she would spend her nights.

Before turning in for bed, Erni would insist that her chest was far too valuable to leave out unattended in a bedroom with minimal security. Instead, she would demand that the innkeeper store her chest in their best, most secure room, perhaps even one that held valuables of their own. Innkeeper after hapless innkeeper fell for Erni’s tale, squirreling away the hefty trunk into a room that contained their own precious possessions, Greene writes. They would leave the room—which, of course, had no other exits—lock the door from the outside, and go to bed.

posted on Colonial Sense: 08/17/2019
A symbol of slavery — and survival
April 29, 2019, The Washington Post by DeNeen L. Brown
By the time Angela was brought to Jamestown’s muddy shores in 1619, she had survived war and capture in West Africa, a forced march of more than 100 miles to the sea, a miserable Portuguese slave ship packed with 350 other Africans and an attack by pirates during the journey to the Americas.

“All of that,” marveled historian James Horn, president of the Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation, “before she is put aboard the Treasurer,” one of two British privateers that delivered the first Africans to the English colony of Virginia.

Now, as the country marks the 400th anniversary of the arrival of those first slaves, historians are trying to find out as much as possible about Angela, the first African woman documented in Virginia. They see her as a seminal figure in American history — a symbol of 246 years of brutal subjugation that left millions of men, women and children enslaved at the start of the Civil War

posted on Colonial Sense: 08/16/2019
More than 150 years after her death, a former slave finally has the memorial she deserved
May 10, 2019, CNN by Madeline Holcombe
A former slave who lay in an unmarked grave now has a headstone, thanks to a class of high school students in Massachusetts.

Last fall, Dr. Linda Meditz tasked the students in her "Out of the Shadows" class with uncovering the story of a woman who was held in slavery in early New England and was buried in an unmarked grave, according to a statement from the school, The Academy at Penguin Hall.

They found Lucy Foster.

posted on Colonial Sense: 08/15/2019
For the first time ever, ‘All the Rembrandts’ are on display in Amsterdam
May 10, 2019, PBS News Hour by Jeffrey Brown
An extraordinary new exhibition in Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum marks the first time the museum’s entire collection of Rembrandts is available to the public. Titled “All the Rembrandts,” the show commemorates the 350th anniversary of the Dutch master’s death and sheds new light on his personal life. Jeffrey Brown speaks to art historians and walks the streets that fostered Rembrandt’s creative vision.

posted on Colonial Sense: 08/14/2019
600-year-old 'world's most mysterious text' finally decoded by UK genius
May 15, 2019, Fox News by Sean Keach
A mysterious 600-year-old manuscript that has been deemed "unreadable" by the world's top cryptographers has finally been deciphered.

That's the claim by one Bristol academic who has cracked the legendary Voynich manuscript and revealed its secrets.

Dr. Gerard Cheshire believes that the document is written in a dead language called proto-Romance.

posted on Colonial Sense: 08/13/2019
The Dancing Plague
April 30, 2019, Now I Know by Dan Lewis
In the mid-1300s, the Black Death ravaged Europe, Northern Africa, and the Middle East and neighboring parts of Asia, claiming as many as 200 million lives. The Cocoliztli Epidemic of 1545–1548 reduced Mexico’s population by 80%. And about a century ago, roughly 75 million died from the Spanish flu pandemic over about a two year period. Epidemics are no laughing matter.

Except, maybe, for the Dancing Plague of 1518.

No, it wasn’t a joke either. It just looked like one.

posted on Colonial Sense: 08/12/2019
Did Thomas Jefferson Say ‘The Government Will One Day Be Corrupt and Filled With Liars’?
May 10, 2019, Snopes by David Emery
Claim: U.S. President Thomas Jefferson said: "The government will one day be corrupt and filled with liars, and the people will flock to the one that tells the truth."

Rating: False

It’s a truism that politicians lie, and an even more tightly-clung-to truism that the politicians with whom we disagree are the worst liars of the bunch.

Given that, we were not surprised to find that a widely promulgated statement concerning liars in the government attributed to Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the U.S., has been embraced by people from one end of the political spectrum to the other.

posted on Colonial Sense: 08/11/2019
'The Favourite' Is The Craziest, Sexiest Royal Scandal Ever Filmed
November 10, 2018, The Daily Beast by Clive Irving
She seems to be a basket case of a British Queen, a corpulent woman borne around in a sedan chair, her girth concealed under the ballooning garments of her rank, often encumbered by a long train. By court protocol, lesser mortals may not look at her.

This is Queen Anne, who took her nation into the 18th century as Scotland joined England in union and it became Great Britain. Anne is the most underrated of British monarchs. If history were fair, her legacy should rank with that of the woman who by far outshines her, Elizabeth I.

You can see why this misjudgment came about in The Favourite, the new movie in which Olivia Colman leaps to international stardom as Anne—but this is not the queen in full, just the whackiest side of her.

posted on Colonial Sense: 08/10/2019
Village offers reward to anyone who can decipher 'mystery' rock inscription
May 10, 2019, CNN by Emily Dixon
A village in France is offering a reward to anyone who can decipher a mysterious inscription on a local rock.

Experts in Plougastel-Daoulas, a village in Brittany, northwest France, have been unable to decrypt the inscription on a rock outside the village, estimated to be centuries old, the Agence France-Presse (AFP) news agency reports.

And so the authorities are turning the mystery over to the public, appealing to historians, academics, linguists, students and hobbyists to crack the code in exchange for a €2,000 ($2,240) reward.

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