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There are two Passions which have a powerful Influence in the Affairs of Men. These are Ambition and Avarice; the Love of Power, and the Love of Money. Separately each of these has great Force in prompting Men to Action; but when united in View of the same Object, they have in many Minds the most violent Effect. Place before the Eyes of such Men a [Post] of Honor that shall at the same time be a Place of Profit, and they will move Heaven and Earth to obtain it.
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This Day in Early Modern History -- October 16th

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 •  1492-Christopher Columbus' fleet anchors at "Fernandina" (Long Island, Bahamas?) 
 •  1502-Storm ravages Friese coast 
 •  1551-English Edward Seymour duke of Somerset re-arrested 
 •  1600-Olivier van Noort's ships reach Philippines 
 •  1651-Ex-King Charles II of England lands in France
 •  1674-Emperor Leopold I fires chancellor Furst Wenzel Lobkowitz 
 •  1690-New England ships attack Quebec; repulsed by Governor Louis de Buade
 •  1710-British troops occupy Port Royal, Nova Scotia
 •  1757-Austrian troops (with the Holy Roman Empire) occupy Berlin
 •  1773-Philadelphia Resolutions criticize Tea Act
 •  1793-Marie Antoinette is guillotined at the height of the French Revolution
 •  1795-Georg Bohm's "Oorlogscantate" (War Cantata) premieres 
 •  1813-Battle of Leipzig begins (Napoleon Bonaparte vs Prussia, Austria and Russia)
 •  1829-Tremont House, first U.S. modern hotel opens in Boston
 •  1834-London parliament catches fire, historic documents burn
 •  1841-Queens University in Kingston is chartered
 •  1846-Now-famous demonstration of ether -- Dr. John Collins Warren painlessly removes a tumor from the neck of Edward Gilbert Abbott at Massachusetts General Hospital
 •  1847-Charlotte Bronte's book Jane Eyre published
 •  1848-First U.S. homeopathic medical college opens in Pennsylvania 
 •  1849-Avery College established in Allegheny, Pennsylvania 
  -British seize Tigre Island in Gulf of Fonseca from Honduras 
 •  1851-Psychopathic gunfighter "Wild Bill" Longley is born in Texas
 •  1852-Dutch Government recognize Catholics right to organize 
 •  1854-Lincoln speaks out against slavery
  -Oscar Wilde is born in Dublin, Ireland
 •  1859-John Brown leads 20 in raid on federal arsenal, Harper's Ferry, Va


 •  1605-  Charles Coypeau d'Assoucy -- Writers
 •  1620-  Nicolaes Pietersz Berchem -- Artists
  -  Pierre Paul Puget -- ArtistsSculptorsArchitects
 •  1652-  Johannes Munnicks -- WritersPhysicians
 •  1684-  Peter Walkden -- ClergyWriters
 •  1697-  Nicholas Amhurst -- Writers
 •  1726-  Daniel Chodowiecki -- Artists
 •  1729-  Pierre van Maldere -- Composers
 •  1752-  Adolph Freiherr Knigge -- Writers
 •  1754-  Morgan Lewis -- MilitaryGovernanceLegal
 •  1758-  Noah Webster -- GovernanceWritersEducators
 •  1779-  Noah Cushing -- Inventors
 •  1784-  Theron Metcalf -- GovernanceLegal
 •  1799-  Tanaka Hisashige -- Inventors


 •  1523-  Luca Signorelli -- Artists
 •  1553-  Lucas Cranach the Elder -- Artists
 •  1555-  Hugh Latimer -- Clergy
  -  Nicholas Ridley -- Clergy
  -  Nicholas Ridley -- Clergy
 •  1591-   Gregory XIV -- Clergy
 •  1607-  Henry Lyte -- WritersScientists
 •  1621-  Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck -- Composers
 •  1628-  Francois de Malherbe -- Writers
 •  1669-  John Trapp -- ClergyWritersEducators
 •  1676-  Adam Vaclav Michna z Otradovic -- ComposersWriters
 •  1680-  Raimondo Montecuccoli -- Military
 •  1700-   Adrian I -- Clergy
 •  1730-  Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac -- ExplorersMilitaryGovernance
 •  1748-  Franz Joachim Beich -- Artists
 •  1774-  Robert Fergusson -- Writers
 •  1790-  Daniel Rowland -- Clergy
 •  1793-  Marie Antoinette -- Governance
 •  1796-  Antoine-Joseph Pernety -- Writers
 •  1801-  Johann Joseph Thalherr -- Architects
 •  1802-  Joseph Strutt -- ArtistsWriters
 •  1852-  George Evans -- Explorers

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posted on Colonial Sense: 10/15/2019 -- Followup
16th-Century ‘Pirate Bones’ Found Under School Playground In Scotland
January 05, 2016, The Huffington Post by Ed Mazza
Kids often dream of stumbling upon a pirate treasure, but a group of children in Scotland have for years been playing right on top of an actual pirate.

The remains of a man who is believed to have been a pirate centuries ago were excavated from the playground of a school in Edinburgh. The bones were found at the Victoria Primary School when plans were being made to extend the school, which was built in 1844 and sits near the harbor of Newhaven, a fishing village.

posted on Colonial Sense: 10/13/2019
Ornate colonial era musket part discovered in Michigan
July 31, 2019, Fox News by James Rogers
Archaeologists have unearthed part of an 18th-century musket at a colonial-era fort in Michigan.

The serpent-shaped sideplate was found this week during an excavation at Colonial Michilimackinac in Mackinaw City, Michigan.

posted on Colonial Sense: 10/11/2019
Da Vinci bridge design stuns researchers 500 years later
October 11, 2019, Fox News by Chris Ciaccia
Perhaps the most famous painter, inventor and sculptor ever, Leonardo da Vinci's name resonates in the annals of history. While he may be best known for works such as the "Mona Lisa" and "Salvator Mundi," a bridge design he created for the Ottoman Empire could be his most awe-inspiring work.

The newly analyzed design, written about in a yet-to-be-published study by MIT researchers, shows that da Vinci's concept used a flattened arch tall enough to let sailboats pass underneath the bridge. It would also have been wide enough to use a single arch.

posted on Colonial Sense: 10/09/2019
That Time The British Rioted For Three Months Over The Cost Of Theater Tickets
September 27, 2019, Today I Found Out by Karl Smallwood
In September of 1808 Covent Garden Theatre in London burned to the ground. The exact cause of the fire has never been established but due to the extensive amount of flammable items throughout combined with an amazing number of flaming light fixtures, fires of some sort at theaters were relatively common, even inspiring a London fire code requiring several wet blankets be kept near the stage to help put out any fire before it could spread- the 18th century version of a fire extinguisher.

Unfortunately, on September 19, 1808, the water on the street the theater was on was shut off to fix an issue with the system. The next morning, a fire started at around 4AM. With little means to effectively fight the blaze, it took just 3 hours to destroy the historic building and, along with more mundane things, a fair number of manuscripts that would today be given the always inaccurate moniker of “priceless”, as well as the late George Frideric Handel’s organ he had donated to the theater. On top of this, over 20 people lost their lives, and many dozens more were injured.

posted on Colonial Sense: 10/08/2019
Remains of 19th-century ‘vampire' found
August 05, 2019, Fox News by Chris Ciaccia
It sounds like something straight out of a horror movie, but the remains of a 19th-century "vampire" have been properly identified.

Formerly known as "JB-55," the Connecticut man has been identified as John Barber, according to genealogical databases that helped identify the man. According to LiveScience, Barber was likely a poor farmer who died from tuberculosis, citing a presentation from a representative of the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Silver Spring, Md., last month.

posted on Colonial Sense: 10/07/2019
Herman Melville is 200, but 'Moby-Dick' is very 2019
August 01, 2019, CNN by David Shaerf
Along with so many, I was first subjected to "Moby-Dick" when I was still a teenager, being forced to read it as part of an American literature survey course. I was not a fan of it-- I certainly could never have anticipated I would one day make a film about it. I thought it was a laborious read. Its narrative was glacially slow, and the titular antagonist doesn't even make an appearance until the final pages of the novel. I resented the book and was quite glad to put it down and (hopefully) never touch it again.

I didn't get it, but looking back, I wanted to. I picked up a tattered copy of the book some years later, determined to understand what all the fuss was about, and it had an immediate impact on me. Even by the opening paragraph of the book spoke to me in ways it could not have possibly in years prior. The narrator, in a fit of ennui, tells of his desire to head to sea as a remedy to his depression. I get this. What better medication for boredom or anxiety could there be than to run off to an adventure on the romantic high seas? There is a universality to the glumness that Melville spoke of - even he says, "almost all men in their degree, some time or other, cherish very nearly the same feelings towards the ocean with me."

posted on Colonial Sense: 10/06/2019
Gentleman Jack Was a Gay Role Model—and a Terrible Snob
July 29, 2019, The Daily Beast by Clive Irving
While gay men charged with sodomy were hanged in public, damned by priests and jeered by mobs, gay women could live discreetly as couples without fear.

This is pointed out with graphic clarity in a scene in the HBO drama Gentleman Jack, set in Georgian England, as Anne Lister, the central character of the story, seeks to reassure a wavering lover.

posted on Colonial Sense: 10/05/2019
'Lost' book of exquisite scientific drawings rediscovered after 190 years
April 22, 2019, National Geographic by Czerne Reid
Lost for 190 years, a three-volume manuscript blooming with vivid color drawings of Cuban flora has resurfaced in upstate New York.

Nondescript marbled cardboard covers and a title page in cursive handwriting announce Specimens of the Plants & Fruits of the Island of Cuba by Mrs. A.K. Wollstonecraft. This simplicity belies the contents of the slim, well-worn volumes. Pages and pages contain 121 illustrated plates showing plants such as red cordia sebestena, deep purple Lagerstroemia, and white angel’s trumpet in consummate detail.

posted on Colonial Sense: 10/04/2019
Centuries old DeKalb County cave holds Cherokee Indian’s secrets
July 16, 2019, WHNT News (AL) by Ivy Anderson
Almost 200 years after Cherokee Indians lived in DeKalb County, archaeologists and Cherokee scholars have transcribed the writings they left behind in a cave that many have forgotten.

Manitou Cave holds history that many learn about early on in life.

posted on Colonial Sense: 10/03/2019
Human remains and musket balls found at battle site marking Napoleon Bonaparte's final defeat
July 18, 2019, CNN by Allen Kim
Archaeologists digging at a site where the 1815 Battle of Waterloo was fought have turned up human remains and musket balls, they say, which may help paint a clearer picture of what went down in what was to be the French military leader's final stand.

The remains were found during the first excavation of the primary Allied field hospital at Mont-Saint-Jean in Belgium, and experts believe that the bones were from amputated limbs.

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