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posted on Colonial Sense: 08/29/2015 Rhode Island Church Taking Unusual Step to Illuminate Its Slavery Role August 23, 2015, The New York Times by Katharine Q. Seelye One of the darkest chapters of Rhode Island history involved the state’s pre-eminence in the slave trade, beginning in the 1700s. More than half of the slaving voyages from the United States left from ports in Providence, Newport and Bristol — so many, and so contrary to the popular image of slavery as primarily a scourge of the South, that Rhode Island has been called “the Deep North.”
That history will soon become more prominent as the Episcopal diocese here, which was steeped in the trans-Atlantic slave trade, establishes a museum dedicated to telling that story, the first in the country to do so, according to scholars.
The information contained in the inscriptions, combined with detailed chemical analysis of stalagmites in the cave, together paint an intriguing picture of how societies are affected by droughts over time: the first time that it has been possible to conduct an in situ comparison of historical and geological records from the same cave. The results, published in the journal Scientific Reports, also point to potentially greatly reduced rainfall in the region in the near future, underlying the importance of implementing strategies to deal with a world where droughts are more common.
The ship, which sank in 1665 after a mysterious explosion with at least 300 crew members on board, lies broken up on the seabed and is being further damaged with every tide. But the gun carriage has come to the surface in startlingly good condition, still with a length of rope threaded through a pulley block.
posted on Colonial Sense: 08/28/2015 Price of Britain’s slave trade revealed August 12, 2015, ScienceDaily by Staff Letters and papers revealing in detail how human beings were priced for sale during the 18th century Transatlantic Slave Trade have been made available to researchers and the public.
Letters discussing the value and sale of slaves in the 18th century, which provide a distressing reminder of the powerful business interests that sustained one of the darkest chapters in British history, are to be made available to researchers and the public by St John's College, University of Cambridge.
posted on Colonial Sense: 08/27/2015 Twelve skeletons found beneath Swedish castle August 13, 2015, The Local (Sweden) by Staff Two of the skeletons were preserved in coffins, while the others were buried in soil beneath the wall of Kalmar Castle, which is one of southern Sweden's most famous historical sites.
...He said it remained a mystery how the people had died, but added that his team's best guess was that they were castle staff who became sick in the late 1400s or early 1500s.
posted on Colonial Sense: 08/27/2015 -- Followup Possible 1665 'plague pit' latest unearthed link to London's storied past August 12, 2015, CNN by Laura Smith-Spark and Kellie Morgan If you scratch the surface of a 2,000-year-old city like London, you frequently find clues to its past -- whether Roman, medieval or remnants of the 20th century's greatest conflict.
Three-hundred and fifty years ago, London suffered its last major outbreak of plague. As many as 100,000 people, or a fifth of its population, died as the disease swept through the city.
posted on Colonial Sense: 08/26/2015 Gruesome Great Plague burial pit unearthed by Crossrail August 12, 2015, Wired by James Temperton A mass burial pit thought to contain 30 victims of the Great Plague of 1665 has been discovered by Crossrail workers near Liverpool Street station in London.
The bodies and a gravestone marked "1665" were unearthed during excavations of the Bedlam burial ground, which will one day form the eastern entrance of the new Crossrail station in the City of London.
This is a hand colored copper-plate print, engraved by Sydenham Edwards for William Curtis´ Flora Londinensis published between 177 and 1798. Credit: University of East Anglia
Documents dating back to the 16th Century provide a unique insight into one of Darwin's landmark studies - according to new research from the University of East Anglia.
In 1862, Darwin presented the case that some plant species have two floral forms that differ in height and arrangement of the male and female sexual structures - and adopted the term 'heterostyly'.
posted on Colonial Sense: 08/25/2015 Why The Battle of Waterloo Began With Dancing August 23, 2015, The Daily Beast by Anthony Haden The Duchess of Richmond’s Waterloo Ball was described by the historian Elizabeth Longford as “the most famous ball in history”—and, damn it, I could have been there.
Well, not at the 1815 Brussels original, of course, but at its re-enactment in 1969 by Sergei Bondarchuk for Waterloo, a movie in which Christopher Plummer played Wellington, Virginia McKenna the Duchess, and Rod Steiger a doughy Napoleon.
posted on Colonial Sense: 08/25/2015 After 190 years, NY's Erie Canal a relic with a hefty cost August 09, 2015, The Associated Press by George M. Walsh The Erie Canal was an engineering marvel when it opened in 1825, linking the Hudson River to the Great Lakes and humming with commerce that opened up the West.
Long ago eclipsed by railroads and interstates, the waterway has for many years been a historical curiosity that's seen waning use by recreational and commercial vessels.
Now a renewed court fight has drawn fresh attention to the 360-mile-long ribbon of channels, lifts and locks between Albany and Buffalo, calling into question whether taxpayers will again have to foot the hefty bill to keep it and the other canals in the system operating.