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 •  1543-Nicolaus Copernicus dies
 •  1653-German Parliament selects Ferdinand IV as king of Austria 
 •  1660-English king Charles II of England visits Netherlands 
 •  1667-French troops attack into Southern Netherlands 
 •  1689-English Parliament guarantees freedom of religion for Protestants 
 •  1697-English king William III travels through northern Europe 
 •  1726-People's revolt due to increase in gin/brandy tax 
 •  1738-Aldersgate Day: Methodist Church forms when when John Wesley experiences assurance of his salvation
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 •  1830-Mary Had A Little Lamb is first published
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 •  1834-Portuguese Civil war ends, Dom Miguel capitulates
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 •  1846-General Zachary Taylor captures Monterey in Mexican War
 •  1854-Anthony Burns, escaped slave, arrested by U.S. Deputy marshals in Boston
  -Lincoln University, Penn, first Black college in U.S. forms by Presbyterians 
 •  1856-In Kansas, John Brown and a small band of abolitionists murder five pro-slavery men in the Pottawatomie Massacre

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posted on Colonial Sense: 05/06/2017
Italian Art Dealer Swindled Out of Paintings by Rembrandt and Renoir Worth $30 Million
April 28, 2017, ArtNet by Alyssa Buffenstein
The Carabinieri is currently hunting down two men who stole €27 million (nearly $30 million) worth of artwork by Rembrandt and Renoir from an art dealer in northern Italy, by posing as legitimate art buyers.

Italian newspaper Il Giorno first broke the story, before the German news agency DPA picked it up on Thursday.

Reportedly, the poseur clients and the dealer had been in contact on multiple occasions.

posted on Colonial Sense: 05/06/2017
The island with £100 million hidden
April 27, 2017, BBC (UK) by Helen Soteriou
According to legend, pirate treasure reportedly worth £100 million is buried on an Indian Ocean island.

Although the region is thought to be littered with hidden treasure, this one is said to be the Holy Grail, the world’s biggest booty haul. The story, which reads like a Hollywood script, has been passed down through generations on the islands of the Seychelles and La Réunion.

...John explained that the fascinating tale of the treasure started in 1716 when Frenchman Olivier Levasseur, otherwise known as ‘La Buse’ (The Buzzard) because of the speed with which he would attack his enemies, was given a letter of marque to operate as a privateer. But within a few months, Levasseur turned to the more lucrative career of pirating.

posted on Colonial Sense: 05/05/2017
Site Unseen: Remote Sensing at Fort Frederica
April 28, 2017, Southeast Archeological Center by Staff
Five archeologists from the Southeast Archeological Center (SEAC) spent twelve days in March conducting a remote sensing survey at Fort Frederica National Monument (FOFR) as part of a project to identify and document subsurface cultural features at the park. Remote sensing allows SEAC to conduct non-invasive mapping of archeological sites to determine where cultural deposits may exist. Once the survey data has been completely analyzed, it will provide new insights into portions of the site that are not as well documented archeologically as other portions of the site.

If you are unfamiliar with Fort Frederica, it was established in 1736 along the southeast coast of present-day Georgia. The fort was built on St. Simons Island, along the Frederica River, by General James Oglethorpe to help defend the British colony of Georgia from attack by the Spanish in Florida. The town of Frederica was established next to the fort and both were surrounded by an outer defensive wall. As military needs changed, the fort was abandoned in the mid-18th century and the town would follow suit in the late 18th century.

posted on Colonial Sense: 05/05/2017
Frozen in Time: DNA May ID Sailors Looking for Northwest Passage in 1845
April 24, 2017, LiveScience by Megan Gannon
Scientists have extracted DNA from the skeletal remains of several 19th-century sailors who died during the ill-fated Franklin Expedition, whose goal was to navigate the fabled Northwest Passage.

With a new genetic database of 24 expedition members, researchers hope they'll be able to identify some of the bodies scattered in the Canadian Arctic, 170 years after one of the worst disasters in the history of polar exploration.

posted on Colonial Sense: 05/04/2017
How Did a Copy of US Declaration of Independence Get to Southern England?
April 27, 2017, Reuters by Staff
British experts will carry out tests to try to determine how a rare copy of the U.S. Declaration of Independence found its way to an archive in southern England.

The handwritten manuscript, only the second such parchment in existence, had been stored for more than 60 years in a strong-room among miles of documents in the West Sussex Record Office, until its significance was revealed by Harvard University researchers, Danielle Allen and Emily Sneff.

posted on Colonial Sense: 05/04/2017
Why Vermeer’s paintings are less ‘real’ than we think
April 25, 2017, BBC (UK) by Alastair Sooke
Sitting in front of The Milkmaid (c1658-59), Johannes Vermeer’s exquisite, enigmatic masterpiece, which is currently on display in a stunning exhibition at the Louvre, Blaise Ducos, the show’s curator, leans back and smiles. “Actually,” he says, “Vermeer isn’t an original artist. Most of his ideas, his compositions, even his tricks, come from other painters.” He shrugs. “Still, he dwarfs them all.”

To many people, for whom Vermeer is a byword for artistic perfection, a statement about his lack of originality will sound startling. But, then, the Louvre’s revelatory blockbuster, Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting, which will travel later this year to both the National Gallery of Ireland and Washington’s National Gallery of Art, is attempting to overturn some of the oldest and most steadfast ideas about the 17th Century Dutch master. “Overturning those ideas?” Ducos asks, rhetorically. “Killing them, you could say.”

posted on Colonial Sense: 04/30/2017
Colonial America Was Built on Lottery Revenue
April 21, 2017, Atlas Obscura by Sarah Laskow
In the late 19th century, Ainsworth Rand Spofford, the sixth Librarian of Congress, went looking through America’s early newspapers for the the earliest notice of a lottery he could find. What he found had been published in February 1720, in the American Weekly Mercury. This lottery was not the colonies’ first, Spofford cautions—only the first for which he could find a printed notice. The ad promised 350 tickets would be sold, for 20 shillings a piece.

The prize? “A new brick house, corner of Third and Arch,” in Philadelphia.

posted on Colonial Sense: 04/30/2017
Woman Returns To Her Slave Cabin Childhood Home In The Smithsonian
April 14, 2017, NPR by Ari Shapiro
The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C, has many artifacts connected to slavery. For one woman, visiting the museum this week was a literal homecoming.

Isabell Meggett Lucas was born and raised in a wooden house in coastal South Carolina. Slaves lived in that house during the 1800s.

The Smithsonian bought the structure and moved it plank by plank to the new African-American museum where it is now on display.

posted on Colonial Sense: 04/29/2017
Founding generation, not just fathers, focus of new museum
April 17, 2017, The Associated Press by Staff
Alongside a display of the Declaration of Independence at the Museum of the American Revolution, a separate tableau tells the story of Mumbet, an enslaved black woman in Massachusetts who, upon hearing the document read aloud, announced that its proclamation that “all men are created equal” should also include her.

In response, her master hit her with a frying pan. Mumbet sued him, won her freedom in court, changed her name to Elizabeth Freeman and became a nurse. Her case set a precedent prohibiting slavery in the state.

posted on Colonial Sense: 04/29/2017
Remains of five 'lost' Archbishops of Canterbury found
April 16, 2017, BBC (UK) by Staff
Builders renovating the Garden Museum, housed at the deconsecrated church of St Mary-at-Lambeth, found a hidden crypt containing 30 lead coffins.

Site manager Karl Patten said: "We discovered numerous coffins - and one of them had a gold crown on top of it".

The remains date back to the 1660s.


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