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Wandering by night. The accent is on the ti, short i. Also, noctivagous. Noctivagation was prohibited and punishable by fine where there was a curfew, as in many towns into the 17th century. For a sample of its use, see expergefacient.

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Francis Scott Key, who wrote America's national anthem, was from what state?
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The rich, the well-born, and the able, acquire and influence among the people that will soon be too much for simple honesty and plain sense, in a house of representatives. The most illustrious of them must, therefore, be separated from the mass, and placed by themselves in a senate; this is, to all honest and useful intents, an ostracism.
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A Defense of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America, vol 1, 1787

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This Day in Early Modern History -- February 20th

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 •  1525-Swiss and German mercenaries desert Francis I of France's army 
 •  1547-King Edward VI of England is enthroned following death of Henry VIII 
 •  1613-Gerard Reynst appointed Dutch Governor-General of East-Indies 
 •  1653-Defeat of Dutch fleet under Admiral Maarten Tromp by Admiral Robert Blake off Portsmouth 
 •  1673-First recorded wine auction held in London 
 •  1710-John William Friso becomes viceroy of Groningen, Netherlands 
 •  1725-10 sleeping Indians scalped by whites in New Hampshire for bounty
 •  1732-Estates of Holland ratifies Treaty of Vienna 
 •  1737-French minister of Finance, Germain Louis Chauvelin, resigns 
 •  1745-Charles Edward Stuart (aka Bonnie Prince Charlie)'s troops occupy Fort August, Scotland 
 •  1746-Charles Edward Stuart (aka Bonnie Prince Charlie) occupies Castle of Inverness 
 •  1768-First American chartered fire insurance company opens (Pennsylvania) 
 •  1792-Postal Service Act regulates United States Post Office Department & US postal service created -- postage 6 & 12 cents, depending on the distance
 •  1809-Supreme Court rules federal govt power greater than any state 
 •  1811-Austria declares bankruptcy 
 •  1816-Gioachino Rossini's opera Barber of Seville premieres in Rome
 •  1823-English Captain James Weddell reaches 74 degrees 15' S, 1520 km from South Pole 
 •  1832-Charles Darwin visits Fernando Noronha in Atlantic Ocean 
 •  1835-Concepción, Chile mostly destroyed by earthquake, 5,000 die
 •  1839-Congress prohibits dueling in District of Columbia 
 •  1846-British occupy Sikh citadel of Lahore 
 •  1856-The John Rutledge, Liverpool - New York steamer, hits iceberg and sinks, 118 die


 •  1523-  Jan Blahoslav -- ComposersWriters
 •  1608-  Arthur Capell -- Writers
 •  1640-  Pierre II Mignard -- ArtistsArchitects
 •  1713-  Anna Maria Elvia -- Writers
 •  1734-  Franz Ignaz Beck -- Composers
 •  1761-  Ludwig Abeille -- Composers
 •  1769-   Hamengkubuwono III -- Governance
 •  1770-  Jan August Vitasek -- Composers
 •  1779-  Augustus Wall Callcott -- Artists
 •  1785-  Catherina Cibbini-Kozeluch -- Composers
 •  1794-  Stephen Glover -- Writers
 •  1803-  John Sutter -- Commerce
 •  1809-  Albertus Jacobus Duymaer van Twist -- Governance
 •  1825-  William Allen Butler -- WritersLegal


 •  1513-   John I -- Governance
 •  1762-  Tobias Mayer -- Astronomers
 •  1776-  Bryan Faussett -- Writers
 •  1790-   Joseph II -- Governance
 •  1806-  Lachlan McIntosh -- Military
 •  1844-  Thomas Gilbank Ackland -- ClergyWriters
 •  1853-  William Broughton -- Clergy

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posted on Colonial Sense: 02/19/2018 -- Followup
500 years later, scientists think they've solved germ mystery that nearly wiped out Mexican population
February 16, 2018, AFP (Australia) by Staff
IN 1545, disaster struck Mexico’s Aztec nation when people started coming down with high fevers and headaches, bleeding from the eyes, mouth and nose. Death generally followed in three or four days.

Within five years, as many as 15 million people — an estimated 80 per cent of the population — were wiped out in an epidemic the locals named “cocoliztli”.

The word means “pestilence” in the Aztec Nahuatl language. Its cause, however, has been in question for nearly 500 years.

posted on Colonial Sense: 02/18/2018
Man As God: 'Frankenstein' Turns 200
February 10, 2018, NPR by Marcelo Gleiser
In the 19th century, Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote in his essay Nature: "A man is a god in ruins."

Ever since people contemplated the existence of a divine dimension — and this belief must go back to the very early stages of Homo Sapiens or even earlier — with Neanderthals, a split occurred between the human condition and the eternal.

In 1818, Mary Shelley published the first edition of Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus, a novel that has captured our collective imagination like few others in history. The genesis of the tale is well known, a ghost-story writing competition between Mary, her husband Percy Bysshe, and Lord Byron, during a stormy night on June 1816 on Lake Geneva. There have been more than 300 editions of the novel and at least 90 films, apart from hundreds of comic books and academic books inspired by it.

posted on Colonial Sense: 02/17/2018
Coastal waters threaten Florida’s historic resources
January 14, 2018, The Associated Press by Dale White
What do St. Augustine’s Castillo de San Marcos and Egmont Key near Tampa have in common? They are two of thousands of Florida’s heritage sites that are vulnerable to rising seas. “Jupiter Lighthouse, Fort Zachary Taylor in Key West, Fort Jefferson and Fort Pickens in Pensacola — all of these places are threatened,” said Clay Henderson, executive director of Stetson University’s Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience.

The Castillo de San Marcos withstood two sieges in 330 years and changed hands five times, but its latest invader — the rising Atlantic Ocean — threatens to erode the historic St. Augustine fortress.

The coquina shell walls of the oldest masonry fort in the United States once absorbed cannonballs but will be susceptible to the buffetings of the sea.

posted on Colonial Sense: 02/16/2018
Salmonella May Have Caused Massive Aztec Epidemic, Study Finds
January 15, 2018, NPR by Rebecca Hersher
In 1545, people in the Mexican highlands starting dying in enormous numbers. People infected with the disease bled and vomited before they died. Many had red spots on their skin.

It was one of the most devastating epidemics in human history. The 1545 outbreak, and a second wave in 1576, killed an estimated 7 million to 17 million people and contributed to the destruction of the Aztec Empire.

But identifying the pathogen responsible for the carnage has been difficult for scientists because infectious diseases leave behind very little archaeological evidence.

posted on Colonial Sense: 02/15/2018
The manuscripts saved by a monk
December 24, 2017, CBS News by Staff
City by city, page by page, Father Columba Stewart is preserving history. The Benedictine monk has spent more than a decade traveling to some of the world's most dangerous regions to find and preserve ancient manuscripts before they are destroyed. The centuries-old works — historical manuscripts and antique religious books — are at risk for a few reasons. Sometimes it's moisture eroding the hand-written pages; sometimes it's a calculated attack to erase a cultural heritage.

Father Columba partners with locals to photograph and digitize the documents. In Iraq, he has partnered with Father Najeeb Michaeel to rescue works, including some that originated in Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq and the center of some of the most intense battles in the fight against ISIS.

posted on Colonial Sense: 02/14/2018
A new Leonardo? Scholarly show claims to reveal master’s hand
January 09, 2018, The Art Newspaper by Judith H. Dobrzynski
As Christie’s aggressively marketed Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi before the work sold for an astonishing $450m last November, the art world raged anew with questions about the painting’s attribution—even though London’s National Gallery had largely settled the debate by including the work in its 2011-12 Leonardo show.

This spring, the Worcester Art Museum (WAM) in Massachusetts will put the complex process of identifying a Leonardo at the heart of a new exhibition. The Mystery of Worcester’s Leonardo (10 March-3 June) makes the case that a work that has been in the museum’s collection since 1940, A Miracle of Saint Donatus of Arezzo (around 1479-85), should be credited to the Renaissance master.

posted on Colonial Sense: 02/13/2018
How Charles II Used Art to Bolster Britain’s Struggling Monarchy
December 26, 2017, Smithsonian Magazine by Brigit Katz
In 1660, after spending more than a decade in foreign exile, Charles II was called back to the British throne. His father, Charles I, had been executed, ushering in a short period of Republican rule, and it fell upon Charles II to cement the position of the re-installed monarchy. One way that the new king displayed his power was by amassing an impressive collection of luxurious artworks, many of which are now on display at an exhibition in London.

posted on Colonial Sense: 02/12/2018
Stolen rifle, used at Battle of New Orleans, back in museum
January 08, 2018, The Associated Press by Staff
The FBI says a rifle that was used during the Battle of New Orleans is back at a museum after being stolen from there 35 years ago.

The head of the FBI's New Orleans office, Eric Rommal, says it's the only known weapon that has been traced back and documented to one of two preliminary battles in December 1814.

posted on Colonial Sense: 02/11/2018
At Notre Dame, students lobby for removal of Columbus murals, call them ‘version of a Confederate monument’
January 08, 2018, The College Fix by Lauren Fox
Some students, employees and members of the Notre Dame community are calling for the removal of a series of paintings of Christopher Columbus that have adorned the walls of the university’s main building since 1884, calling the murals Notre Dame’s “own version of a Confederate monument.”

The 12 murals, hung in the same hallway as the admissions office, depict Christopher Columbus’ journey and arrival to the Americas in 1492. The founder of the university, Father Edward Sorin, commissioned Vatican painter Luigi Gregori to create murals that would inspire, uplift, educate, and be “didactically Catholic,” according to a university pamphlet.

posted on Colonial Sense: 02/10/2018
Musicians outraged after airline severely damages 17th century instrument
January 09, 2018, Fox News by Alexandra Deabler
Myrna Herzog was traveling from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Tel Aviv, Israel when she was allegedly forced to place her large 17th century viola da gamba in the hold for her Alitalia flight.

Herzog, the director of Israeli classical music group Phoenix, says she reluctantly handed it over only after she was unable to purchase a seat for the instrument, which is slightly smaller than a cello, because the flight was full. A viola da gamba, also known as a viol, is a string instrument played upright, similar to a cello.

The woman claimed the airline assured her that the instrument, valued at over $200,000, would be treated as a fragile item and handled with care by the staff.

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