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This Day in Early Modern History -- September 19th

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 •  1523-Emperor Charles I and England sign anti-French covenant 
 •  1559-Five Spanish ships sink in storm off Tampa, about 600 die 
 •  1602-Grave surrenders to earl Maurice of Orange 
 •  1656-Treaty of Labiau: Sweden gives Prussia, Brandenburg
 •  1657-Brandenburg and Poland sign Treaty of Bromberg
 •  1676-Rebels under Nathaniel Bacon set Jamestown Virginia on fire
 •  1755-England and Russia sign military agreement (Anglo-Russian Convention of 1755)
 •  1777-Benedict Arnold and Horatio Gates argue at First Battle of Saratoga, aka Battle of Freeman's Farm (Bemis Heights)
 •  1795-Tula, leader of Curacao slave opposition, imprisoned
 •  1796-George Washington's farewell address as president published
 •  1799-Battle of Bergen: English/Russian invasion army routed by French/Dutch forces
 •  1827-James Bowie stabs a Louisiana banker with his famous knife
 •  1833-Charles Darwin visits Guardia del Monte, Argentina 
 •  1838-Ephraim Morris patents railroad brake
 •  1854-Henry Meyer patents sleeping rail car 


 •  1551-  Henry III -- Governance
 •  1662-  Jean-Paul Bignon -- ClergyWriters
 •  1684-  Robert Maynard -- Naval
 •  1737-  Charles Carroll III -- Governance
 •  1749-  Jean Baptiste Joseph Delambre -- AstronomersWriters
 •  1772-  Vicente Lopez y Portana -- Artists
 •  1796-  Hartley Coleridge -- WritersEducators
 •  1805-  John Stevens Cabot Abbott -- ClergyWriters
 •  1806-  William Dyce -- Artists
 •  1811-  Orson Pratt -- Writers
 •  1813-  Christian Heinrich Friedrich Peters -- Astronomers
 •  1815-  Louise von Gall -- Writers


 •  1568-  Sunan Gunungjati -- ClergyGovernance
 •  1581-  Frans Pourbus the Elder -- Artists
 •  1589-  Jean-Antoine de Baif -- Writers
 •  1660-  Matthieu van Plattenberg -- Artists
 •  1678-  Christoph Bernhard von Galen -- ClergyGovernance
 •  1710-  Ole Christensen Romer -- AstronomersInventors
 •  1761-  Pieter van Musschenbroek -- InventorsScientists
 •  1851-  Carl Fredrik af Wingard -- ClergyGovernance

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posted on Colonial Sense: 09/18/2020
Haul of Rare Items Found Under the Floorboards of Tudor House
August 17, 2020, HeritageDaily by Staff
A rare haul of historic items has been discovered beneath the floorboards of Oxburgh Hall in Norfolk, England.

The discovery was made during a project to reroof Oxburgh Hall, a moated manor house constructed by Sir Edmund Bedingfeld after he inherited the estate in 1476.

Researchers studying the items said that the variety, age, and significance of the items found, gives a unique insight into the history of the Oxburgh Hall. Independent archaeologist Matt Champion agreed to continue researching the finds through lockdown on his own, and carried out a careful fingertip search.

posted on Colonial Sense: 09/16/2020
The Lost Palace of Henry The VIII
May 18, 2020, HeritageDaily by Diarmaid Walshe
In a small rural village in West Kent England, remains a relatively unknown jewel of Tudor design and architecture – Otford Palace

In its heyday, Otford Palace was one of the main centres of both Royal and Ecclesiastical power in England. The palace was witness to many of the key events of the turbulent Tudor period and is a physical expression of the rivalry between two major players in the court of Henry VIII – The Archbishop of Canterbury, former Lord Chancellor of England, William Warham and Archbishop Wolsey, Henry’s right-hand man and Lord Chancellor of England.

The site of Otford palace lies in the parish of Otford, Kent, a few miles south-east of Greater London and adjacent to the Pilgrims Way, which tradition maintains was the road taken by pilgrims to the shrine of Thomas Becket at Canterbury.

posted on Colonial Sense: 09/14/2020
Sunken Temple Resurfaces in Mahanadi River
June 22, 2020, HeritageDaily by Staff
Archaeologists from the Indian National Trust for Art (INTACH) have announced the re-appearance of a submerged temple in the Odisha region of India.

The temple was dedicated to Lord Gopinath, an avatar of Vishnu and dates from the 15th-16th century.

posted on Colonial Sense: 09/12/2020
Oliver Cromwell – The siege of Clonmel
May 17, 2020, HeritageDaily by Diarmaid Walshe
When we look back on the career of Oliver Cromwell, we see a man who is famed for being a genius as a statesman, general and administrator.

If we explore Cromwell’s military record when faced with an experienced and competent adversary, his lack of tactical ability is glaringly exposed.

Cromwell’s reputation as a master of military tactics was earned as one of the main commanders of the New Model Army in the English Civil War, where he played a key role in the defeat of the forces of Charles I. However, when we compare his record at the siege of Clonmel, Ireland, we need to reassess this belief.

posted on Colonial Sense: 09/10/2020
The story of three African slaves during Spanish colonialism, as told by their bones
April 30, 2020, HeritageDaily by Staff
Despite the infamy of the transatlantic slave trade, scientific research has yet to fully explore the history of the enslaved Africans brought into Latin America.

In a study appearing April 30th in the journal Current Biology, scientists tell the story of three 16th century African slaves identified from a mass burial site in Mexico City. Using a combination of genetic, osteological, and isotope analyses, the scientists determined from where in Africa they were likely captured, the physical hardships they experienced as slaves, and what novel pathogens they may have carried with them across the Atlantic. This study paints a rare picture of the lives of African slaves during early Spanish colonization and how their presence may have shaped disease dynamics in the New World.

posted on Colonial Sense: 09/08/2020
19th-century dock, built to accommodate the HMS Beagle designated a scheduled monument
May 11, 2020, HeritageDaily by Staff
A 19th-century dock that served the HMS Beagle when it was patrolling British waters as a maritime coastguard vessel to be given heritage protection.

...The dock was built around 1847 and was a cut mooring dock, in which vessels could rest during low tide. It remained in use until around 1870, where documentary evidence tells us the Beagle and dock were dismantled and repurposed.

posted on Colonial Sense: 09/06/2020
April 22nd 1778 – The day America raided England
April 05, 2020, HeritageDaily by Staff
On April 22nd, 1778, a lone USS Naval ship carried out a daring raid during the American Revolutionary War on the town of Whitehaven in England.

It was a clear night and the frost had begun to settle across the west coast of Cumbria. Two boats were lowered around 11.00pm from the USS Ranger, a 308 long ton (313 t) sloop-of-war in the Continental Navy, armed with 18 × 6-pounder guns.

posted on Colonial Sense: 09/04/2020
Port Royal – The Sodom of the New World
August 02, 2020, HeritageDaily by Staff
Port Royal, originally named Cagway was an English harbour town and base of operations for buccaneers and privateers (pirates) until the great earthquake of 1692.

The region around Port Royal was first occupied by the Taino, an indigenous people of the Caribbean who Christopher Columbus encountered during his voyage to the New World in 1492.

With the arrival of Europeans to the new continent, the Spanish landed in Jamaica in 1494, who planned to use Jamaica as a supply base for both New Andalusia and Nicuesa and take advantage of the natural resources. Having discovered little to no riches, the Spanish instead started to cultivate the land and established a colony for the processing of sugar cane.

posted on Colonial Sense: 09/02/2020
19 Bizarre Facts About Benjamin Franklin, A Genius, A Founding Father, And A Delightful Weirdo
November 08, 2019, Ranker by Noelle Talmon
Benjamin Franklin was one of America's founding fathers as well as a scientist, statesman, author, printer, activist, postmaster, and diplomat. He is renowned for his discoveries and theories on electricity and is credited with inventing swimming fins, bifocals, the lightning rod, a flexible catheter, and many other inventions we use today.

Franklin was born in 1706, and was a middle child. His parents, who were soap and candle makers, could not afford to send him to school longer than two years so, by the age of 10, young Benjamin began working alongside his father. By the age of 12, he had became his brother James's apprentice at a printing shop. Franklin did not let his lack of access to a formal education prevent him from becoming one of America's most influential and famous figures.

While his major scientific accomplishments are widely known to most Americans, there are still some other rather unusual facts about Franklin that many were never taught in school.

posted on Colonial Sense: 08/31/2020
Agents recover stolen 500-year-old copy of Columbus letter
January 24, 2020, The Associated Press by Staff
Federal agents in Delaware have recovered a more than 500-year-old copy of a letter penned by Christopher Columbus that vanished from an Italian library decades ago.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware and Homeland Security investigators, who specialize in the recovery of stolen rare books and historic artifacts, announced the find on Wednesday. The letter is one of a few dozen authentic, reprinted copies of Columbus’ original letter, which was handwritten in Spanish in April 1493 and almost immediately reprinted in Latin by the Rome printer Stephan Plannck.

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