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John Davies of Hereford
a writing-master and an Anglo-Welsh poet. He is usually known as John Davies of Hereford (after the city where he was born) in order to distinguish him from others of the same name. Davies wrote very copiously on theological and philosophical themes. He also wrote many epigrams on his contemporaries which have some historical interest. John Davies died in London.

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Why did the British burn Washington DC during the War of 1812?
  1. To stop U.S. privateer attacks

  2. To dry their boots

  3. To warn the U.S

  4. In retaliation for attacking Canada

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 •  1638-Swedish Lutherans establish the first permanent white settlement in Delaware 
 •  1673-English king Charles II of England accept Test Act: RC excluded of public functions 
 •  1776-Putnam named commander of New York troops
 •  1778-Nootka Sound, Vancouver, is discovered by Captain James Cook
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 •  1798-Republic of Switzerland forms 
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 •  1849-Britain formally annexs Punjab after defeat of Sikhs in India 
 •  1852-Ohio makes it illegal for children under 18 and women to work more than 10 hours a day 

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posted on Colonial Sense: 03/29/2017
Marquis de Lafayette and His Affair with Aglaé of Hunolstein
March 23, 2017, All Things Georgian by Staff
Today we are delighted to welcome back the author, Geri Walton. Geri has long been interested in history and fascinated by the stories of people from the 1700 and 1800s. This led her to get a degree in History and resulted in her website, which offers unique history stories from the eighteenth- and nineteenth-centuries.

Her first book, Marie Antoinette’s Confidante: The Rise and Fall of the Princesse de Lamballe, looks at the relationship between Marie Antoinette and the Princesse de Lamballe and has just been released in the U.S and Canada.

posted on Colonial Sense: 03/29/2017
Three Sheets to the Wind: The Rum-Soaked Voyage of the USS Constitution
March 23, 2017, Snopes by David Emery
CLAIM: The crew of the USS Constitution ("Old Ironsides") consumed more than 250,000 gallons of liquor and no water at all during a six-month voyage in 1798. RATING: False

posted on Colonial Sense: 03/25/2017
A Turning Point in the American Revolution — the Battle of Guilford Courthouse and Washington’s Unknown Immortal
March 15, 2017, Breitbart by Patrick O'Donnell
This year, the Ides of March marks the 236th anniversary of one of the most important — yet widely unknown — battles of the American Revolution: The Battle of Guilford Courthouse.

Near present-day Greensboro, North Carolina, Robert Kirkwood and his men lined up facing the Redcoats, including the dreaded Banastre Tarleton, a cavalry officer known for his ruthlessness. A light breeze carried the sound of fifes and Highlander pipes across the field in front of the county courthouse. With blood dripping from his sword, the Patriot cavalry officer, Light Horse Harry Lee, father of General Robert E. Lee, delivered a stirring address to prepare his men for battle: “My brave boys, your lands, your lives and your country depend on your conduct this day – I have given Tarleton hell this morning, and I will give him more of it before night.”

posted on Colonial Sense: 03/25/2017
Scientists Decode the Mysterious ‘Mona Lisa’ Smile Once and for All
March 13, 2017, ArtNet by Sarah Cascone
The world has long been captivated by Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and the subject’s enigmatic expression. Part of the famous painting’s widespread appeal is said to be its ambiguity, but participants in a new scientific study almost universally agreed that the portrait’s subject is unequivocally happy.

posted on Colonial Sense: 03/24/2017
The Duel That Kind of Wasn’t
March 07, 2017, Now I know by Dan Lewis
On July 11, 1804, the Vice President of the United States, Aaron Burr, shot Alexander Hamilton in a duel in Weehawken, New Jersey. Hamilton died the next day. Burr, though, was never tried for his fellow stateman’s death; instead, he finished his term as Vice President without much in the way of further scandal — at least not relative to killing someone. Dueling, while hardly a nice way to solve a problem, wasn’t seen as the barbaric act as it is today. It’s probably too far afield to call it civilized, but it wasn’t chaos, either; dueling was governed by a loosely-defined set of rules and guidelines which were generally applied without question.

But what happens when someone breaks those rules? Well, things get a bit weird.

posted on Colonial Sense: 03/24/2017
The Scandalous Flap Books of 16th-Century Venice
March 03, 2017, Atlas Obscura by Sarah Laskow
Imagine you were a rich European in the 16th century, and you wanted to travel. Top on your bucket list might be Venice, a cosmopolitan, free-wheeling city, known for its diversity, romance, and relaxed mores. Venice was a wealthy place, where Titian, Tintoretto, and other famous artists were at the height of their powers. As a republican port city, it was tolerant of all sorts of people and all sorts of behavior in ways that other European cities were not.

While in Venice, you might purchase a flap book to help you remember the good times you had there. Above is one example of an illustration from Le vere imagini et descritioni delle piv nobilli citta del mondo—“the true images and descriptions of the most noble city in the world.”

This image is part of a new exhibition at the New York Public Library, Love in Venice, which includes two flap books from the late 16th century that depict a lascivious kind of love.

posted on Colonial Sense: 03/23/2017
Read a Rare Alexander Hamilton Love Letter to Elizabeth Schuyler
March 09, 2017, Time Magazine by Olivia B. Waxman
In a world in which some people are willing to shell out up to $1,300 for tickets to see Hamilton on Broadway, it is perhaps unsurprising that interest in the real Alexander Hamilton is also high.

Or at least that's the hope of Seth Kaller, a historical document dealer who is currently offering a collection of original letters, documents and imprints penned by Alexander Hamilton, which Kaller says is valued at $2.7 million. The collection is now online and on display Thursday through Sunday at the New York Antiquarian Book Fair.

posted on Colonial Sense: 03/23/2017
Prepare to be amazed by this 340-year-old smart lock
March 08, 2017, The Verge by Thomas Ricker
Do you think technology from circa 1680 can still surprise and delight in the age of the iPhone and Alexa? I didn't, but boy was I wrong.

...I often forget this when looking at the human timeline from my 21st century vantage point. Then last weekend I discovered the "detector Lock" in the Rijksmuseum, created by British locksmith John Wilkes. The lock (and those like it) is a triumph of 17th century technology and a precursor to the so-called “smart locks” we see flooding the market today.

posted on Colonial Sense: 03/22/2017
Did a historian from Ecuador find the lost ‘treasure’ of the Incas — in a book?
March 02, 2017, The Miami Herald (FL) by Jim Wyss
The historian carefully leafs through pages of a 400-year-old, leather-bound book until she finds the shaky signature. It’s a faint scrawl that has consumed Tamara Estupiñan for more than 30 years, led her to find forgotten Inca ruins and sparked an academic firestorm.

The signature, she says, is the key to unlocking two of archeology’s greatest mysteries: What happened to the body of Atahualpa, the last king of the Incas? And what became of his fabled treasure?

posted on Colonial Sense: 03/22/2017
The Failed Attempt to Create a Ten Hour Day
February 24, 2017, Now I Know by Dan Lewis
There are 24 hours in a day, seven days in a week, and (roughly) 365 days in a year. There are 60 minutes in an hour and 60 seconds in a minute. You probably knew all that. But you know it because you’ve committed it to memory — it’s not something you can reason out. A lot of measurements — at least in areas that haven’t switched to the Metric system — suffer from that design flaw. Instead of there being a base unit (say, a meter) with other units simply being some power of ten larger or smaller (kilometers, centimeters, to further our example), we end up with 7s and 24s and 60s and all sorts of other numbers which do not match the number of fingers we have.


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