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This Day in Early Modern History -- December 8th

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 •  1542-Mary Stuart (aka Mary, Queen of Scots) is born at Linlithgow Palace in Scotland
 •  1710-Battle of Brihuega: English General James Stanhope captured
 •  1775-Americans begin siege of Quebec
 •  1776-George Washington's retreating army crosses Delaware River from New Jersey 
 •  1777-Captain James Cook leaves Society Islands 
 •  1792-First formal cremation in U.S., Henry Laurens
 •  1794-First issue of Herald of Rutland, VT is published
 •  1813-Ludwig van Beethoven's 7th Symphony in A premieres
 •  1849-Giuseppe Verdi's opera Luisa Miller premieres in Naples
 •  1852-Gustav Freytag's Die Journalisten premieres in Breslau 
 •  1854-Pope Pius IX proclaims Immaculate Conception, makes Mary free of Original Sin
 •  1857-First production of Dion Boucicault's The Poor of New York


 •  1542-  Mary Stuart -- GovernanceWriters
 •  1605-  Francois Vavasseur -- Writers
 •  1608-  Vendela Skytte -- Writers
 •  1685-  Johann Maria Farina -- Inventors
 •  1708-   Francis I -- Governance
 •  1724-  Claude Balbastre -- Composers
 •  1751-  Heinrich Fuger -- Artists
 •  1753-  William Cole -- Writers
 •  1756-  Jacob Georg Christian Adler -- WritersEducators
 •  1765-  Eli Whitney -- Inventors
 •  1795-  Peter Andreas Hansen -- Astronomers
 •  1814-  Sarah T. Bolton -- Writers
 •  1829-  Henry Timrod -- Writers


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posted on Colonial Sense: 12/06/2019
Elizabeth I unmasked as author of mysterious manuscript
November 29, 2019, Fox News by James Rogers
A researcher in the U.K. has uncovered a mysterious 16th-century manuscript written by Queen Elizabeth I — the first discovery of its type in more than a century.

The manuscript, which is in the Lambeth Palace Library in London, was discovered by John-Mark Philo Ph.D., an honorary fellow in English studies at the U.K.’s University of East Anglia. Philo made the amazing find in January 2019, when he was searching for manuscript translations of the Roman historian Tacitus.

posted on Colonial Sense: 12/04/2019
St. Patrick’s Battalion
November 15, 2010, Now I Know by Dan Lewis
When Americans think of traitors, Benedict Arnold springs to mind. But seventy years later, a much larger group of soldiers defected to the enemy. Meet Saint Patrick’s Battalion.

In 1835, Texas was still part of Mexico. That year, it seceded, forming the Republic of Texas, which includes all of the modern-day state of Texas and parts of five other western states. While the United States recognized the new country, Mexico did not; war broke out between Texas and Mexico. Texas prevailed, but Mexico was not yet through. Plans of reconquering Texas were still bubbling up, and in 1845, Texas accepted the United States’ offer to annex the Republic and make it a state. Mexico ended diplomatic relations with the U.S. over the act, and a year later, war broke out between these two North American nations.

posted on Colonial Sense: 12/02/2019
The Secret Battle Over Mona Lisa’s Prettier ‘Twin’
October 25, 2019, The Daily Beast by Barbie Latza Nadeau
When the long-awaited Leonardo da Vinci exhibition celebrating the Italian master’s life opened in the Louvre in Paris this week, two paintings were noticeably missing from the exhibit hall—and they are both of the same woman.

Despite being one of Leonardo’s most famous works, the Louvre decided not to relocate the “Mona Lisa” from her recently renovated viewing room to the exhibit space created to mark the 500th anniversary of the artist’s death. Visitors will instead have to traipse across a hall through the selfie-taking crowds to see her where she normally hangs.

The second painting that Leonardo aficionados will miss is what many believe is an earlier version of the “Mona Lisa,” which shows a much younger—and dare we say—prettier version of Lisa Gherardini del Giocondo, the wife of Francesco del Giocondo, who commissioned the work in the early 1500s.

posted on Colonial Sense: 11/30/2019
What George Washington was thankful for might shock you
November 28, 2019, Fox News by Lathan Watts
In October 1789, long before Americans made it a national holiday, President George Washington issued a proclamation calling for a National Day of Thanksgiving.

In recent years I have expanded my practice of reading this proclamation personally to include reading it aloud to my family before we say grace and sit down to our Thanksgiving meal.

posted on Colonial Sense: 11/28/2019
‘I Was Teaching a Lot of Misconceptions.’ The Way American Kids Are Learning About the 'First Thanksgiving' Is Changing
November 21, 2019, Time Magazine by Olivia B. Waxman
On a recent Saturday morning in Washington, D.C., about two dozen secondary-and-elementary-school teachers experienced a role reversal. This time, it was their turn to take a quiz: answer “true” or “false” for 14 statements about the famous meal known as the “First Thanksgiving.”

Did the people many of us know as pilgrims call themselves Separatists? Did the famous meal last three days? True and true, they shouted loudly in unison. Were the pilgrims originally heading for New Jersey? False.

But some of the other statements drew long pauses, or the soft murmurs of people nervous about saying the wrong thing in front of a group. Renée Gokey, Teacher Services Coordinator at the National Museum of the American Indian and a member of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, waited patiently for them to respond.

posted on Colonial Sense: 11/26/2019
Revolutionary War British shipwreck from the siege of Yorktown discovered
June 28, 2019, Fox News by James Rogers
The wreck of what appears to be a British ship destroyed during the siege of Yorktown in 1781 has been discovered in Virginia.

Experts from JRS Explorations spotted the wreck, which is believed to be the armed transport ship ‘Shipwright,’ in the York River last week.

The siege of Yorktown was the last major battle of the Revolutionary War and saw British forces commanded by Lord Charles Cornwallis trapped by Continental Army troops commanded by George Washington and French units under the command of the Comte de Rochambeau. The beleaguered British defenders surrendered on Oct. 19, 1781.

posted on Colonial Sense: 11/24/2019
The Madness of King Donald? Thomas Jefferson Called It.
November 23, 2019, The Daily Beast by Clive Irving
“Future ages will scarcely believe that one man adventured… to lay a foundation so broad and so undisguised for tyranny over a people fostered and fixed in principles of freedom.”

Or, put it another way, future ages won’t find it easy to understand how the hell a system specifically designed to eject the tyranny of kings has now allowed one into the White House. This week’s events have made it clearer than ever that President Trump has become King George III—without the taxes.

To rub home the irony, my opening quotation is from Thomas Jefferson’s draft of the Declaration of Independence, the definitive rejection of the rule of the British despot.

posted on Colonial Sense: 11/22/2019
‘Witch hunt' launched in Scotland as officials seek remains of 'witch' who died 315 years ago
September 03, 2019, Fox News by James Rogers
Officials in Scotland want to locate the remains of a woman accused of witchcraft who died in prison 315 years ago.

Lilias Adie, a woman from the village of Torryburn in Eastern Scotland, died in prison in 1704. Adie, who is believed to have been in her 60s at the time of her death, had “confessed” to being a witch and having sex with the devil, according to researchers.

On Aug. 31, which marked the 315th anniversary of her death, local government officials from Fife Council in Scotland placed a wreath at her burial site and launched a campaign to find her remains.

posted on Colonial Sense: 11/20/2019
17th-Century Tunnel Decorated with Pre-Hispanic Carvings Discovered in Mexico
November 06, 2019, LiveScience by Yasemin Saplakoglu
Archaeologists have uncovered a 17th-century tunnel filled with indigenous rock carvings in the city of Ecatepec in Mexico. The tunnel likely served as part of a floodgate for a dike — through which water entered on one side and exited on the other — that was created to control the constant flooding that ravaged the lands.

The carvings decorating the east end of the 27.6-foot-long (8.4 meters) tunnel include 11 pre-Hispanic images — or those that date back to the Native Americans that lived in the area before 1521 when it was conquered by the Spanish — in the form of etchings into the rock called "petroglyphs" and stucco reliefs. The reliefs were created by sculpting an image and then painting it with limestone, said Raúl García Chávez, coordinator of the salvage and enhancement project for the dike.

posted on Colonial Sense: 11/18/2019
Must Reads: Archaeologists explore a rural field in Kansas, and a lost city emerges
August 19, 2018, The Los Angeles Times (CA) by David Kelly
Of all the places to discover a lost city, this pleasing little community seems an unlikely candidate.

...Using freshly translated documents written by the Spanish conquistadors more than 400 years ago and an array of high-tech equipment, Blakeslee located what he believes to be the lost city of Etzanoa, home to perhaps 20,000 people between 1450 and 1700.

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