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an Italian architect and a writer on architecture, active mainly in Vicenza and Republic of Venice area in the second half of the 16th century. He was perhaps the most important figure there between Andrea Palladio, whose unfinished projects he inherited at Palladio's death in 1580, and Baldassarre Longhena, Scamozzi's only pupil.

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See Cunctation. Propertius used the phrase licens Fabius of the Fabian priests of Pan, who had the privilege of licentious conduct at the Lupercalia; hence late 16th century references (Florio; Nashe) to a flaunting fabian, a roisterer.

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Prior to the Boston Tea Party, the tea ship Dartmouth arrived and Whig leader Samuel Adams called for a mass meeting to be held at Faneuil Hall. Because of the huge crowd, where was the meeting actually held?
  1. Old South Meeting House

  2. Boston Town Meeting Hall

  3. Old Town Church

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 •  1620-English language newspaper Namloos begins publishing in Amsterdam 
 •  1682-Anthony Ashley Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury, arrives in Amsterdam after fleeing England Amsterdam
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 •  1852-Louis Napoleon becomes emperor- - second French empire established
 •  1859-Militant abolitionist John Brown is executed on charges of treason, murder, and insurrection.

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posted on Colonial Sense: 12/01/2016
Archaeologists think they found Pilgrims' original settlement
November 23, 2016, The Associated Press by Staff
Every American schoolchild knows the Pilgrims landed in Plymouth in 1620, but exactly where has been elusive.

Archeologists from the University of Massachusetts Boston tell The Boston Globe they have discovered what is believed to be part of the original settlement, based on the discovery of a calf's bones, musket balls, ceramics and brownish soil where a wooden post once stood.

posted on Colonial Sense: 12/01/2016
Donald Trump, George Washington and the President’s Cabinet
November 21, 2016, Time Magazine by Lindsay M. Chervinsky
For the last week, stories on President-Elect Trump’s potential cabinet nominees have filled the news, and with good reason. Cabinet secretaries exercise enormous power—they define and enforce policy with a great degree of autonomy. Yet none of these stories mention the fact that the Constitution did not create the cabinet, nor did Congress authorize it through legislation. In fact, no legal authority establishes the cabinet as an advisory body or regulates the relationship between the secretaries and President.

The cabinet’s absence from the nation’s governing documents was no mistake. During the Federal Constitutional Convention in 1787, the delegates rejected proposals that would have created a privy council to advise the President. Instead, they adopted Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution, which provides two options for the president to obtain advice. First, the President can request written advice from the department secretaries. Second, the President can consult with the Senate on foreign affairs. The Constitution, a document of enumerated powers, does not provide any other means for the President to obtain advice from government officials.

posted on Colonial Sense: 11/25/2016
Smell the Revolution: Rum-scented mug among museum’s items
November 23, 2016, The Associated Press by Megan Trimble
History buffs will be able to peer into the eyes of a “most excellent likeness” of George Washington and get an actual whiff of the Revolutionary War when Philadelphia’s Museum of the American Revolution opens next year.

Curators have scoured the country for the priceless artifacts to display in the museum, including a 1770s-era creamware mug that stills smells of rum, due to the material it’s made of. The vessel was created to celebrate Boston’s fight for liberty.

“It’s like having a little surround-smell of the revolution,” said R. Scott Stephenson, the museum vice president of collections, exhibitions and programming.

posted on Colonial Sense: 11/25/2016
Where Did The Saying “I’ll Eat My Hat” Come From?
November 11, 2016, Today I Found Out by Karl Smallwood
“I’ll eat my hat” is an utterance commonly used when a person is absolutely certain that something will not happen. But where did this unusual phrase first originate and have there ever been any recorded instances of people actually eating their hats after being proven wrong?

According to the venerable Oxford English Dictionary, the earliest known example of the phrase comes from the 1762 book Homer Travestie, by Thomas Bridges.

posted on Colonial Sense: 11/22/2016
Stash of Sun King's valuables found close to Arctic in Siberia
November 17, 2016, The Siberian Times (Russia) by Olga Gertcyk
The French find and other intriguing and varied items were made during a dig in Yamalo-Nenets autonomous region, close to the Taz River. Exactly how the 'jetons' which bear Louis XIV's image came to this remote part of Siberia is not known.

One theory as to how the 'coins' reached Russia is that the tsarist government bought metal from items no longer used in European countries. Possibly they were bartered by Russians to the Northern Selkups, who were hunters and fishermen, who also herded reindeer.

Louis XIV reigned France from 1643 to 1715.

posted on Colonial Sense: 11/22/2016
Possible ‘first encounter’ Aboriginal shield uncovered in Berlin
November 10, 2016, The New Daily (Australia) by Staff
An Aboriginal mission to Europe to negotiate the return of centuries-old artefacts has made a shock discovery in a Berlin museum, uncovering a shield and boomerang that could date from the first encounter between Aboriginal people and James Cook in Botany Bay in 1770.

The crowd-funded team’s primary mission was to secure the return of the historic ‘Gweagal shield’ from the British Museum.

But on the Berlin leg of their journey they stumbled upon an almost identical shield, as well as a boomerang, hidden away in the collection of the city’s Ethnological Museum.

posted on Colonial Sense: 11/15/2016
Meet the Only First Lady Before Melania Trump Not to Have Been Born in the U.S.
November 09, 2016, Time Magazine by Olivia B. Waxman
With Donald Trump’s victory on Election Day, Slovenia-born Melania Trump moves into line to be the second-ever First Lady of the United States to be born outside of the United States. London-born Louisa Adams, wife of sixth U.S. president John Quincy Adams, was the first.

Adams was born Louisa Catherine Johnson, in London, to an American merchant father and English mother on Feb. 12, 1775—just two months before the first shots of the Revolutionary War are fired at the battles of Lexington and Concord in Massachusetts. The family moved to Nantes, France, when she was 3 because her father “was a proud American patriot unafraid to show his allegiance, which meant that it became neither safe nor profitable or him to live” in London, as explained by Louisa Thomas’s biography Louisa. Incidentally, it was there that they entertained John Adams and his son John Quincy Adams, then about 4 years old.

posted on Colonial Sense: 11/15/2016
Gold coins from 1715 shipwreck hit the market
November 08, 2016, The Associated Press by Staff
A New Orleans investment firm has begun marketing gold coins from a 300-year-old shipwreck discovered off Florida’s coast.

Blanchard and Co. is one of two dealers offering the coins from an area where eleven treasure-laden ships of a Spanish fleet were smashed onto reefs by a hurricane on July 31, 1715. The other dealer is California-based Monaco Rare Coins.

John Albanese, a New Jersey-based coin expert who brokered the sales, said in an interview Friday that most of the 295 coins being offered were found by divers exploring the area last year on the 300th anniversary of the disaster.

posted on Colonial Sense: 11/13/2016
Did Shakespeare write Henry V to suit London theatre's odd shape?
November 10, 2016, The Guardian (UK) by Maev Kennedy
The battle scenes of Shakespeare’s Henry V may have been written to suit the long, narrow stage of the Curtain, one of the earliest purpose-built theatres in London.

The foundations of the theatre in Shoreditch have been excavated, revealing that it was a rectangular building with a stage about 14 metres long and five metres deep – a different shape from the “wooden Os” of Shakespeare’s more famous theatres on the South Bank, the Globe and the Rose.

posted on Colonial Sense: 11/13/2016
The Uncomfortable Truth About Slavery in the North
October 31, 2016, Time Magazine by Christy Clark-Pujara
Slaveholding and the business of slavery undergirded the economy of British North America and later the United States. Historians long have demonstrated that the institution of slavery was central to the social and economic development of the northern colonies and states; and since the 1990s there have been a number of studies on how white northerners used slave labor and were key participants in the business of slavery—the buying and selling of people and goods that sustained plantations throughout the Americas. Nevertheless, there is little public knowledge or acknowledgement that the institution of slavery was socially accepted, legally sanctioned and widely practiced in the North. For many Americans, slavery was a southern institution. The divide between scholarly work on northern slavery and public knowledge can be in part attributed to a lack of public education. K-12 history classes often sideline slavery and when it is discussed it is presented as a southern institution. There are also few public memorials to slavery in the North.


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