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But what do we mean by the American Revolution? Do we mean the American war? The Revolution was effected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments, of their duties and obligations...This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people was the real American Revolution.
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 •  1500-Pedro Alvarez Cabral discovers Brazil and claims it for Portugal 
 •  1521-French king Francois I declares war on Spain 
 •  1529-Treaty of Zaragoza: Spain and Portugal divide eastern hemisphere
 •  1648-English army claims king Charles I responsible for bloodshed 
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 •  1676-Battle of Augusta (aka Battle of Agosta or Battle of Etna) - Netherlands/Spain vs France, Michiel de Ruyter fatally wounded by cannonball
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 •  1692-Edward Bishop is jailed for proposong flogging as cure for witchcraft 
 •  1722-19 VOC "komplotteurs" in Batavia executed 
 •  1728-Pierre de Marivaux' Le Triomphe de Plutus premieres in Paris 
 •  1745-Austria and Bavaria sign Treaty of Füssen, ending Bavaria's participation on the French side in the War of the Austrian Succession.
 •  1769-Madame du Barry becomes King Louis XV's "official" mistress 
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 •  1804-Gioacchino Rossini, age 12, performs in Imola, Italy 
 •  1809-Battle of Eckmühl completed - Napoleon beats Austria arch duke Karl
 •  1817-Curacao prohibits use of white paint due to fierce sunlight 
 •  1823-Baltic Club (Exchange) forms in London 
  -R. J. Tyers patents roller skates
 •  1836-General Santa Anna captured by Sam Houston 
 •  1838-English steamship Sirius docks in New York City after Atlantic crossing, begining transatlantic steam passenger service
 

 
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posted on Colonial Sense: 04/17/2015
Artifacts lost in shipwreck 191 years ago returned to Hawaii
April 10, 2015, The Associated Press by Staff
A footnote in Recollections and Private Memoirs of Washington, written largely by George Washington Parke Custis and edited by Benson J. Lossing, passes on this story: It is related of the Honorable Gouverneur Morris, who was remarkable for his freedom of deportment toward his friends, that on one occasion he offered a wager that he could treat General [George] Washington with the same familiarity as he did others. This challenge was accepted, and the performance tried.

...A footnote in Recollections and Private Memoirs of Washington, written largely by George Washington Parke Custis and edited by Benson J. Lossing, passes on this story: It is related of the Honorable Gouverneur Morris, who was remarkable for his freedom of deportment toward his friends, that on one occasion he offered a wager that he could treat General [George] Washington with the same familiarity as he did others. This challenge was accepted, and the performance tried.

posted on Colonial Sense: 04/17/2015
Did Gouverneur Morris Slap Washington on the Shoulder?
April 10, 2015, Boston 1775 by J. L. Bell
A footnote in Recollections and Private Memoirs of Washington, written largely by George Washington Parke Custis and edited by Benson J. Lossing, passes on this story:

It is related of the Honorable Gouverneur Morris, who was remarkable for his freedom of deportment toward his friends, that on one occasion he offered a wager that he could treat General [George] Washington with the same familiarity as he did others. This challenge was accepted, and the performance tried....

posted on Colonial Sense: 04/16/2015
Complete camel skeleton unearthed in Austria
April 01, 2015, ScienceDaily by Staff
Archaeologists working on a rescue excavation uncovered a complete camel skeleton in Tulln, Lower Austria. The camel, which was dated to the time of the Second Ottoman War in the 17th century, most likely died in the city of Tulln. Genetic analyses showed that the animal was a male hybrid of a dromedary in the maternal line and a Bactrian camel in the paternal line. The find is unique for Central Europe.

posted on Colonial Sense: 04/16/2015
Bearing the Flag
March 31, 2015, Snopes.com by Staff
Claim: The design of the California state flag was based on a mistake.

Status: True

posted on Colonial Sense: 04/15/2015
16 Dating Pointers from Casanova
April 02, 2015, Mental Floss by Caitlin Schneider
Today is the 290th anniversary of Giacomo Casanova’s birth. Although the legendary lover did all of his womanizing in the 18th century, many of the lessons in his multi-volume autobiography are still useful for men and women alike in the age of Tinder.

posted on Colonial Sense: 04/15/2015
Colliding stars explain enigmatic 17th century explosion
March 26, 2015, SpaceDaily by Staff
New observations made with APEX and other telescopes reveal that the star that European astronomers saw appear in the sky in 1670 was not a nova, but a much rarer, violent breed of stellar collision.

It was spectacular enough to be easily seen with the naked eye during its first outburst, but the traces it left were so faint that very careful analysis using submillimetre telescopes was needed before the mystery could finally be unravelled more than 340 years later. The results appear online in the journal Nature on 23 March 2015.

posted on Colonial Sense: 04/14/2015
Rare and lost masterpiece of 18th century Mexican Colonial art found under couch
April 02, 2015, Fox News Latino by Staff
An extremely rare and thought lost masterpiece from the Mexican Colonial era was found in the most unlikely of places.

A painting by Miguel Cabrera, considered the greatest painter of his era, was found neatly rolled up and well-preserved under the couch of retired corporate attorney Christina Jones Janssen, the Los Angeles Times reported.

“My dad always told me it was old and probably from Spain,” she told The Times. “He though it had some mates there. He wanted me to look into it someday.”

posted on Colonial Sense: 04/14/2015
Archaeological dig planned for Glouco site of 1777 battle
March 31, 2015, The Philadelphia Inquirer (PA) by Edward Colimore
The Hessians were out for blood that autumn day in 1777. They marched 10 miles from Haddonfield to Red Bank, hoping to surprise the American defenders of Fort Mercer on the Delaware River.

Instead, they fell into a trap.

Many of Britain's German allies passed over the abandoned earthen walls topped with pointed logs, and then cheered, thinking they'd breached the fort and were close to victory.

posted on Colonial Sense: 04/13/2015
What’s in a Name? 5 People Behind New York City Street Names
April 09, 2015, The Epoch Times by Arleen Richards
During colonial times, streets in New York City more often than not, got their names from the people who became landowners, served in local government, or those who would go on to become historically significant for some other reason. From landowners to Founding Fathers, the city’s streets have been named and renamed, but many have remained the same, honoring their original namesakes.

The first street names in Manhattan were plotted on the Commissioner’s Plan of 1811, the original design plan for the streets of Manhattan. Initially a proposal by the New York State Legislature, it was adopted in 1811 in order to organize the land between 14th Street and Washington Heights for sale. Historians consider this design to be among the most famous uses of grid plans, calling it far-reaching and visionary.

posted on Colonial Sense: 04/13/2015
This Is What the Framers Said About the Senate’s Power to Offer Advice and Consent
April 06, 2015, History News Network by Ray Raphael
Loretta Lynch, President Obama’s choice to succeed Eric Holder as Attorney General, has been awaiting senatorial confirmation for almost five months. The second clause of Article II, Section 2, of the Constitution states that presidential appointments of “public Ministers and Consuls” depend on “the Advice and Consent of the Senate,” and Republicans in the Senate are jealously guarding their power by denying consent.

The same clause also states that presidential treaty-making powers are subject to “the Advice and Consent of the Senate.” Forty-seven Senate Republicans place such stock in their constitutional power that they pointed it out to “The Leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran.” In weeks to come, this corps will be offering President Obama a full dose of advice as it withholds consent for the nuclear deal with Iran.

“Advice and Consent”—what, exactly, did the framers have in mind?

 

 
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