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This Day in Colonial History -- May 22nd:
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 •  1526-Pope Clemens VII, France, Genoa, Venice, Florence and Milan form Anti-French League of Cognac
 •  1570-First atlas, with 70 maps, published 
 •  1594-Earl Mauritius and Willem Louis begins siege of Groningen 
 •  1629-Emperor Ferdinand II and Danish King Christian IV sign the Treaty of Lübeck
 •  1679-Richard Sawkins arrives off the town of Puebla Nueva, Panama, to attack the settlement there.
 •  1712-Emperor Charles VI crowned king of Hungary
 •  1746-Russia and Austria signs treaty of cooperation 
 •  1761-First life insurance policy in U.S., issued in Philadelphia 
 •  1762-Sweden and Prussia sign peace treaty 
 •  1781-Patriot siege of Ninety Six, South Carolina, begins
 •  1784-Ceylonese student leader Pieter Quint Ondaatje demands democracy 
 •  1802-Martha Washington, Age 70, dies at Mt. Vernon
 •  1803-First public library opens (Connecticut) 
 •  1807-Former Vice President Aaron Burr is tried for treason in Richmond Virginia (acquitted) 
  -Townsend Speakman first sells fruit-flavored carbonated drinks in Philadelphia 
 •  1819-First steam propelled vessel to cross Atlantic (Savannah leaves Ga) 
 •  1836-Felix Mendelssohn's oratorium St. Paul premieres in Dusseldorf
 •  1843-First wagon train, 1000+ depart Independence Missouri for Oregon
 •  1849-Abraham Lincoln is granted a patent for a buoying device used to lift vessels stuck on shoals
 •  1856-Violence in Senate, South Carolina Representative Preston Brooks takes a cane to Massachusetts Senator Charles Sumner
 •  1858-Confederacion Granadina (now Colombia) forms 
 •  1859-Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, is born
 

 
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posted on Colonial Sense: 05/07/2015
Tourists posing for selfie wreck 18th-century Italian monument
May 04, 2015, The Telegraph (UK) by Nick Squires
A pair of tourists in Italy seriously damaged a famous monument featuring statues of Hercules by clambering onto it in order to snap a "selfie".

A large marble crown which topped the "Statue of the Two Hercules" monument in the town of Cremona in northern Italy was brought crashing to the ground after the tourists climbed onto it to pose for the photograph.

posted on Colonial Sense: 05/07/2015
Peru: Hidden early Christian crypt discovered with dozens of skeletons
April 29, 2015, International Business Times by Adam Justice
Archaeologists in Peru have accidentally stumbled upon a centuries-old crypt with dozens of skeletons inside in the city of Cusco, whilst performing restoration work at one of the country's earliest Christian sites, the Saint Francis of Assisi Temple, according to local media.

Peruvian daily El Comercio reported that 32 skeletons were discovered inside the crypt which was used as a burial site for early Christians in the area. The temple and its crypt is thought to be more than 500 years old.

posted on Colonial Sense: 04/30/2015
Hidden hoard of more than 6,000 silver coins found in forest in Poland
April 28, 2015, Ancient Origins by Liz Leafloor
A forest ranger in east central Poland stumbled upon the find of a lifetime this year—he discovered a hidden treasure of thousands of silver coins in a wooded area near the village of Guzów.

Two clay pots were spotted by forestry worker Boguslaw Szwichtenberg by the side of a wooded road in April of this year. When he opened them a hoard of more than 6,000 silver coins was revealed. He turned the find over to the Archaeological Museum of the Middle Oder in Zielona Góra, where conservation experts are now attempting to restore the coins, reports the museum’s Facebook page.

posted on Colonial Sense: 04/30/2015
Historic archaeological artifact recovered from Patuxent River
April 11, 2015, BayNet.com by Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum
On March 25th, watermen from Solomons Island Heritage Tours and Patuxent River Seafood recovered an 18th-century Iberian Botija/Olive Oil Jar from the Patuxent River. This amazing find was pulled from the water by their oyster tongs and is in remarkably good condition.

posted on Colonial Sense: 04/27/2015
New Light for Old Master Paintings
April 13, 2015, The Optical Society by Staff
A painting hanging on the wall in an art gallery tells one story. What lies beneath its surface may tell quite another.

Often in a Rembrandt, a Vermeer, a Leonardo, a Van Eyck, or any other great masterpiece of western art, the layers of paint are covered with varnish, sometimes several coats applied at different times over their history. The varnish was originally applied to protect the paint underneath and make the colors appear more vivid, but over the centuries it can degrade. Conservators carefully clean off the old varnish and replace it with new, but to do this safely it is useful to understand the materials and structure of the painting beneath the surface. Conservation scientists can glean this information by analyzing the hidden layers of paint and varnish.

posted on Colonial Sense: 04/27/2015
466-year-old chapel in Malaysia set to undergo restoration
March 25, 2015, The Star/Asia News Network by R.s.n. Murali
Lent 2015 brought cheer to thousands of Catholics here with news that the ancient Rosary Chapel (Ermida de Rosario) will be restored, ending its days of neglect.

Malacca Museum Corporation (Perzim) has received the go-ahead from the management of St Peter's Church of Malacca to start work on the 466-year-old building and the land it stands on in Jalan Bunga Raya Pantai along Malacca River.

posted on Colonial Sense: 04/26/2015 -- Followup
170-Year-Old Champagne Cache Analyzed
April 20, 2015, Chemical & Engineering News by Sarah Everts
A 170-year-old stash of perfectly preserved champagne taken from a shipwreck off the coast of Finland has brought to light an array of curious facts about past winemaking practices. Chemical analysis of the vintage sparkling wine revealed particularly high levels of sugar and salt compared with modern-day champagne, as well as the presence of unexpected metals, likely used in 19th-century wine preservation and storage (Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 2015, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1500783112).

The champagne also tasted “fabulous, with hints of tobacco,” says Philippe Jeandet, a champagne chemistry expert at the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne, in France, who led the team of researchers, and who sampled 100 µL of the golden liquid. That drop of vintage champagne “was probably one of the best wines I’ve tasted in my life,” he says.

posted on Colonial Sense: 04/26/2015
Patrick Matthew, The Overlooked Third Man Of Natural Selection
April 20, 2015, Science 2.0 by Staff
Charles Darwin, for all his brilliance, was perhaps paralyzed by insecurity. There are not many other explanations for why he delayed publishing his seminal work, "On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life", until 1859.

The mutual affinities of organic beings and their embryological relations were clearly on the minds of everyone in the science world during the 19th century and an 1858 paper by Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace to the Linnean Society secured their place in history books about natural selection but 27 years earlier Patrick Matthew had used the concept of 'evolution by natural selection' in his book "On Naval Timber and Arboriculture". That book, published in 1831, addressed best practices for the cultivation of trees for shipbuilding, but also expanded on his concept of natural selection.

posted on Colonial Sense: 04/17/2015
Artifacts lost in shipwreck 191 years ago returned to Hawaii
April 10, 2015, The Associated Press by Staff
A footnote in Recollections and Private Memoirs of Washington, written largely by George Washington Parke Custis and edited by Benson J. Lossing, passes on this story: It is related of the Honorable Gouverneur Morris, who was remarkable for his freedom of deportment toward his friends, that on one occasion he offered a wager that he could treat General [George] Washington with the same familiarity as he did others. This challenge was accepted, and the performance tried.

...A footnote in Recollections and Private Memoirs of Washington, written largely by George Washington Parke Custis and edited by Benson J. Lossing, passes on this story: It is related of the Honorable Gouverneur Morris, who was remarkable for his freedom of deportment toward his friends, that on one occasion he offered a wager that he could treat General [George] Washington with the same familiarity as he did others. This challenge was accepted, and the performance tried.

posted on Colonial Sense: 04/17/2015
Did Gouverneur Morris Slap Washington on the Shoulder?
April 10, 2015, Boston 1775 by J. L. Bell
A footnote in Recollections and Private Memoirs of Washington, written largely by George Washington Parke Custis and edited by Benson J. Lossing, passes on this story:

It is related of the Honorable Gouverneur Morris, who was remarkable for his freedom of deportment toward his friends, that on one occasion he offered a wager that he could treat General [George] Washington with the same familiarity as he did others. This challenge was accepted, and the performance tried....

 

 
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