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Cornelis Pietersz Bega
a Dutch Golden Age painter and engraver. Bega was born, lived and worked in Haarlem shake and was the son of sculptor and goldsmith Pieter Jansz. Begijn. His mother Maria was the illegitimate daughter of the Haarlem painter Cornelis van Haarlem. He assumed the name Bega when he started working professionally. He was a student of Adriaen van Ostade, and produced genre scenes of similar subjects, typically groups of a few peasant figures, often in interior settings, or fanciful figures such as The Alchemist (Malibu) or The Astrologer (London).

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Originally this was an adjective (16th century), meaning flesh-colored. There was a slightly earlier verb, to incarn, to cover with flesh, make flesh grow, embody in flesh -- as in THE MIRROR FOR MAGISTRATES (1563) : The duke of Glocestre that incarned devyll. Cp. incarnate. Since Shakespeare's use in MACBETH (1605), however, incarnadine has meant colored blood-red or, as a verb, to redden. After the murder of the King, Macbeth exclaims: Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood Clean from my hand? No, this my hand will rather The multitudinous incarnadine, Making the green, one red. Lady Macbeth responds: A little water clears us of this deed, not knowing that she will later lament: What, will these hands ne'er be clean? . . . Here's the smell of the blood stil. All the perfumes of Arabia will notsweeten this little hand.

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 •  1509-Storm ravages Flemish/Dutch/Friese coast, 1000s killed 
 •  1529-Sultan Suleiman II begins the siege of Vienna
 •  1540-Society of Jesus (Jesuits) founded by Ignatius Loyola, recognized by Pope Paul III
 •  1629-Peace of Alès: Rights of French huguenots limited
 •  1694-Hurricane hits Carlisle Bay Barbados -- 27 British ships sink and 3,000 die
 •  1779-John Jay is appointed minister to Spain
  -John Adams negotiates Revolutionary War peace terms with Britain
 •  1787-Constitution submitted to states for ratification 
 •  1822-Jean-François Champollion shows a draft translation of the mysterious Rosetta stone, revealing the meaning of Egyptian hieroglyphics to the world
 •  1825-Railroad transportation is born with first public railway to use steam locomotives (Stockton-Darlington)
 •  1830-Dutch army leaves Brussels, after 100s killed
 •  1833-Charles Darwin rides horse to Santa Fe 
 •  1834-Charles Darwin returns to Valparaiso
 •  1852-George L Aiken's Uncle Tom's Cabin premieres in Troy, New York
 •  1854-Steamship Arctic sinks with 300 people on board
 •  1855-George F Bristow's Rip Van Winkle, second American opera, opens in New York City

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posted on Colonial Sense: 09/25/2016
What Is Shakespeare’s Most Popular Play?
September 22, 2016, Priceonomics by Dan Kopf
William Shakespeare died 400 years ago, but his work is more popular than ever. Every year, hundreds of professional productions of his plays are put on in the United States alone, and there are over seventy Shakespeare festivals around the world. No other playwright comes close.

One of the most astonishing aspects of Shakespeare’s legacy is that no single play dominates his reputation. While most great artists have a seminal work—Leonardo and the Mona Lisa, Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice, Beethoven and Symphony No. 5—this is not true for Shakespeare. Ask people about the play the Bard is best known for, and you will get a variety of answers.

posted on Colonial Sense: 09/25/2016 -- Followup
UWF Archaeologists Find More Evidence Of Daily Life At 1559 Luna Settlement
September 19, 2016, WUWF (FL) by Sandra Averhart
It was nearly a year ago that the location of Tristan de Luna’s 1559 Settlement was discovered. Since then, University of West Florida archaeologists have ramped up their research of the Spanish colony that was doomed by a hurricane that struck on this day, September 19, 457 years ago.

During the past year, there’s been a lot of activity at the site, including the 2016 UWF Archaeology Summer Field School.

posted on Colonial Sense: 09/24/2016
Historic recognition: George Washington's family tree is biracial
September 18, 2016, The Associated Press by Staff
...At the time, George Washington Parke Custis was 16 and attending Princeton, one of several schools he bounced in and out of. Before long, he was back home at Mount Vernon, where he would be accused of fathering children with slaves.

Two centuries later, the National Park Service and the nonprofit that runs Washington's Mount Vernon estate are concluding that the rumors were true: In separate exhibits, they show that the first family's family tree has been biracial from its earliest branches.

posted on Colonial Sense: 09/24/2016
Searchers find 2nd ship from doomed British expedition
September 12, 2016, The Associated Press by Rob Gillies
The second of two British explorer ships that vanished in the Arctic nearly 170 years ago during a storied expedition to find the fabled Northwest Passage has been found.

The Arctic Research Foundation said Monday that the HMS Terror has been located by a research ship. Last seen in the 1840s while under the command of Sir John Franklin, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror have long been among the most sought-after prizes in marine archaeology and the subject of songs, poems and novels. The wreck of the Erebus was found in 2014.

posted on Colonial Sense: 09/23/2016
Deep in the Swamps, Archaeologists Are Finding How Fugitive Slaves Kept Their Freedom
September 15, 2016, Smithsonian Magazine by Richard Grant
...We don’t know much about them, but thanks to the archaeologist hacking through the mire ahead of me, we know they were out here, subsisting in hidden communities, and using almost nothing from the outside world until the 19th century. The Dismal Swamp covered great tracts of southeast Virginia and northeast North Carolina, and its vegetation was far too thick for horses or canoes. In the early 1600s, Native Americans fleeing the colonial frontier took refuge here, and they were soon joined by fugitive slaves, and probably some whites escaping indentured servitude or hiding from the law. From about 1680 to the Civil War, it appears that the swamp communities were dominated by Africans and African-Americans.

posted on Colonial Sense: 09/23/2016
Move Afoot to Preserve Revolutionary War Soldier's Grave
September 14, 2016, The Associated Press by Staff
A federal agency is stepping in to prevent a Revolutionary War soldier's grave from sliding into the Cumberland River in eastern Kentucky.

Local news reports say the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will fix sinking ground at a hilltop cemetery in Loyall where Samuel Howard, his wife and infant son are buried.

posted on Colonial Sense: 09/22/2016
DNA confirms cause of 1665 London's Great Plague
September 08, 2016, BBC (UK) by Nicola Stanbridge
The plague of 1665-1666 was the last major outbreak of bubonic plague in Britain, killing nearly a quarter of London's population.

It's taken a year to confirm initial findings from a suspected Great Plague burial pit during excavation work on the Crossrail site at Liverpool Street.

About 3,500 burials have been uncovered during excavation of the site.

posted on Colonial Sense: 09/22/2016
Only Portrait of William Shakespeare Painted From Life to Be Cleaned for First Time
September 06, 2016, Artnet by Amah-Rose Abrams
The only portrait painted of William Shakespeare from sight is due to be cleaned for the first time since it was painted over 400 years ago.

The portrait—believed to have been painted by John Taylor, circa 1610—shows a 46-year-old Shakespeare with almost shoulder-length curly hair and a beard. Although experts say that, in cleaning the painting, some of the later additions to the work may also be removed.

posted on Colonial Sense: 09/21/2016
Centuries-old grave sites in Peru give insight to possible children sacrifices
September 07, 2016, Agencia EFE (Spain) by Staff
Archaeologists say they have found a group of more than 13 graves dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries around the ruins of an ancient temple on Peru's northern coast, including the remains of two footless children who may have been sacrificed as an offering at the ceremonial complex.

The site was found during excavation work in July at the Chotuna-Chornancap site, which is located in the northern region of Lambayeque and headed by a Culture Ministry unit under the direction of archaeologist Carlos Wester La Torre.

posted on Colonial Sense: 09/21/2016
Wreck of Dutch trading ship explored by divers
September 07, 2016, The Portsmouth News (UK) by Staff
The Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands and Historic England are working with the archaeological dive team that partly excavated the wreck of the Rooswijk in 2005, to carry out a detailed survey of the ship which lies partly buried in sediment.

The vessel was a Dutch East Indiaman, a ship operated by the Dutch East India Company (VOC), which sank on the Goodwin Sands, Kent, in 1740.

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