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This Day in Colonial History -- November 24th:
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 •  1542-Battle of Solway Moss: English beat Scottish King James
 •  1587-Battle of Auneau: Henri de Guise wins 
 •  1601-Earl Mauritius ceases siege of De Bosch due to strict monarchy 
 •  1628-John Ford's The Lover's Melancholy premieres in London
 •  1639-First observation of transit of Venus by Jeremiah Horrocks in England 
 •  1642-Abel Janzoon Tasman discovers Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) 
 •  1643-Battle of Tuttlingen: Beiers army under General Mercy beats France
 •  1655-English Lord Protector Cromwell bans Anglicans 
 •  1688-General strategist John Churchill meets Willem III 
 •  1703-First Lutheran pastor ordained in America, Justus Falckner in Philadelphia 
 •  1715-Thames River freezes 
 •  1744-British Secretary of State John Carteret resigns
 •  1759-Destructive eruption of Vesuvius 
 •  1784-Future US president Zachary Taylor is born
 •  1800-Weber's opera Das Waldmadchen premieres in Freiburg
 •  1807-Mohawk Chief Joseph Brant dies
 •  1832-South Carolina passes Ordinance of Nullification
 •  1835-Texas Rangers, mounted police force authorized by Texas Prov Government 
 •  1849-John Froelich, inventor of the gas-powered tractor, is born
 •  1859-Charles Darwin publishes On the Origin of Species

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posted on Colonial Sense: 11/13/2014
Bell of captain’s ship recovered from Franklin Expedition
November 06, 2014, The Globe & Mail (Canada) by Kim Mackrael
arks Canada has retrieved a bronze bell from the wreck of HMS Erebus, one of two ships lost during Sir John Franklin’s doomed expedition in search of the Northwest Passage.

The bell was found resting on the upper deck of the ship, surrounded by underwater plant life but in good condition. An arrow, used to signify property of the British Royal Navy, is still visible on the exterior along with 1845 – the year the Franklin expedition began.

posted on Colonial Sense: 11/13/2014
French museums face a cultural change over restitution of colonial objects
November 03, 2014, The Guardian (GB) by Laurent Carpentier
Ever since explorers, scientists and soldiers started travelling the world and bringing back treasures, France has upheld the principle of the “inalienability” of public heritage. The works that are now in French museums and collections will, supposedly, remain a part of national heritage for ever. This principle was established in 1566, when the edict of Moulins proclaimed that the royal domain was inalienable and imprescriptible. In simpler terms: the sovereign could not give away the assets he or she inherited. Two centuries later, the French revolution based its definition of the public domain on the same principle. It was the only point of reference for explorers sailing round the world in search of possessions and learning.

posted on Colonial Sense: 11/12/2014 -- Followup
Vatican admits Sistine Chapel frescoes 'whitened'
October 30, 2014, The Associated Press by Nicole Winfield
The Vatican revealed a closely kept secret Thursday: The Sistine Chapel's precious frescoes were starting to turn white from the air pollution caused by so many visitors passing through each day to marvel at Michelangelo's masterpiece.

Officials first noticed the whitening patina in 2010 and immediately launched an investigation. The damage wasn't visible from the ground, but close inspection showed pockets of frescoes covered with a powdery patina that caked them like cracked sugar icing.

posted on Colonial Sense: 11/12/2014
The Leonardo hidden from Hitler in case it gave him magic powers
October 29, 2014, BBC (England) by Dany Mitzman
One of the world's most famous self-portraits is going on rare public display in the northern Italian city of Turin. Very little is known about the 500-year-old, fragile, fading red chalk drawing of Leonardo da Vinci but some believe it has mystical powers.

There is a myth in Turin that the gaze of Leonardo da Vinci in this self-portrait is so intense that those who observe it are imbued with great strength.

posted on Colonial Sense: 11/11/2014
'Demon Traps' Found in 17th-Century English House
November 06, 2014, Discovery News by Rossella Lorenzi
English archaeologists have discovered “demon traps” under the floorboards of one of Britain’s most important historic houses.

Consisting of carved intersecting lines and symbols, the witch marks were found in a bedroom at Knole, a huge, stately home in Kent which is considered one of the country’s most precious historic houses.

Acquired by the Archbishops of Canterbury in the 15th century and gifted to Henry VIII and remodeled in the 17th century by the Sackville family, the house was the birthplace of poet and gardener Vita Sackville-West and the setting for Virginia Woolf’s novel Orlando.

posted on Colonial Sense: 11/11/2014
Vessel Buried 20 Feet Under New Jersey Beach Could Be Historical Find
November 03, 2014, Good Morning America by John Fischer
Historians and town officials are eager to excavate the remnants of a vessel more than 100 years old that was discovered on a New Jersey beach by drillers preparing a protective sea wall in the wake of superstorm Sandy.

The discovery could be nothing more than an old barge, but some officials believe it is a much more historical sailing ship from as far back as the 1850s, and at least one has a hunch that it is the skeleton of the Ayrshire, a Scottish brig that crashed on to a New Jersey sandbar in 1850.

posted on Colonial Sense: 11/04/2014
The Charge of the Light Brigade, 160 Years Ago
November 24, 2014, by Jesse Greenspan
On October 25, 1854, the commander-in-chief of British troops during the Crimean War issued an ambiguous order that his subordinates misinterpreted, resulting in the infamous Charge of the Light Brigade against a heavily defended Russian position. Facing artillery and musket fire on three sides, British cavalrymen were slaughtered in droves as they galloped headlong down the so-called “valley of death.” Yet because they maintained discipline amid the chaos and even managed to briefly scatter the Russians, the British public glorified them. One participant would later describe it as “the most magnificent assault known in military annals and the greatest blunder known to military tactics.”

posted on Colonial Sense: 11/04/2014
Rewriting history: 400-year-old battle in County Fermanagh
October 29, 2014, BBC by Julian Fowler
In 1594, soldiers loyal to Queen Elizabeth I, sent to relieve a garrison besieged by Irish chieftain Hugh Maguire in Enniskillen Castle, were ambushed as they crossed the Arney River.

The troops were massacred and their supplies were thrown into the river.

It became known as the Battle of the Ford of the Biscuits.

posted on Colonial Sense: 11/03/2014
Sistine chapel dazzles after technological makeover
October 30, 2014, AFP by Ella Ide
High above the altar in the Vatican's Sistine Chapel, the halo around Jesus Christ's head in Michelangelo's famous frescoes shines with a brighter glow, thanks to a revolutionary new lighting system.

Angels, sybils and prophets in blues, pinks and golds, once lost in the gloom, are brought into sharp relief by 7,000 LED lamps designed specifically for the prized chapel, where red-hatted cardinals have elected new popes since the 15th century.

posted on Colonial Sense: 11/03/2014
Remains of French ship being reassembled in Texas
October 24, 2014, by Michael Graczyk
A frigate carrying French colonists to the New World that sank in a storm off the Texas coast more than 300 years ago is being reassembled into a display that archeologists hope will let people walk over the hull and feel like they are on the ship's deck.

The 1686 wreck of the 54-foot oak frigate La Belle—in an expedition led by famed Mississippi River explorer Rene-Robert Cavelier Sieur de La Salle—is blamed for dooming France's further exploration of what would become Texas and the American Southwest.


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