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Engraved Powder Horns from the French and Indian War and the American Revolution (MA)
Treasures of Carolina: Stories from the State Archives (NC)
The Currency of Colonial America - the Struggle for Economic Independence (NH)
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This Day in Colonial History -- May 3rd

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 •  1512-Pope Julius II opens 5th Lateran Council (18th ecumenical council) in Rome 
 •  1515-Persian Gulf: Portugese fleet occupies Ormuz 
 •  1616-Treaty of Loudun kills French civil war
 •  1621-Francis Bacon accused of bribery 
 •  1624-Spanish silver fleet sails to Panama 
 •  1629-French huguenot leader duke De Rohan signs accord with Spain 
 •  1640-English Upper house accept Act of Attainder 
 •  1654-Bridge at Rowley, Massachusetts, begins charging tolls for animals
 •  1660-Sweden, Poland, Brandenburg and Austria sign Treaty of Oliva
 •  1661-Johannes Hevelius observes third transit of Mercury ever to be seen 
 •  1662-Royal charter granted to Connecticut 
 •  1678-French conquering fleet at Curaçao, 1200 die 
 •  1715-Edmond Halley observes total eclipse phenomenon, later named "Baily's Beads" 
 •  1765-First U.S. medical college opens in Philadelphia 
 •  1775-Dartmouth tells Martin to organize North Carolina Loyalists
 •  1802-Washington D.C. is granted a municipal government and becomes a proper city
 •  1808-Goya's Executions of 3rd of May 
 •  1810-Lord Byron swims the Hellespont
 •  1815-A Prussian composer reports a local chamber musician, Heinrich Stölzel, modified his brass concert horn, creating the modern trumpet
  -Battle of Tolentino ends: Austria beats king Joachim of Naples
 •  1822-Society for the Propagation of the Faith is established in Lyon, France
 •  1830-The Canterbury and Whitstable Railway, first regular steam train passenger service, opens to the public
 •  1845-First black lawyer (Macon B. Allen) admitted to bar 
  -Fire kills 1,600 in popular theater in Canton, China 
 •  1846-Mexican army lays siege to 'Fort Texas' (in Texas)
 •  1851-Much of San Francisco destroyed by fire, 30 die
 •  1855-Antwerp-Rotterdam railway opens 
 •  1859-Cowboy author Andy Adams is born in Indiana

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posted on Colonial Sense: 05/03/2016
At Virginia home of President Monroe, a sizable revision of history
April 28, 2016, The Washington Post (DC) by T. Rees Shapiro
For decades, tourists have visited the historic home of James Monroe outside of Charlottesville, Va., and have encountered the quaint — if not underwhelming — residence of the nation’s fifth president.

Situated in the Blue Ridge, the plantation known as Highland, where Monroe lived from 1799 to 1823, has stood in contrast to another presidential estate on the outskirts of Charlottesville — Monticello, the palatial manse of President Thomas Jefferson.

posted on Colonial Sense: 05/03/2016
Mona Lisa's villa up for sale in Italy
April 14, 2016, AFP (France) by Staff
One of Tuscany's most famous villas is up for sale with its owners hoping to be smiling all the way to the bank thanks to its links to the Mona Lisa.

The Villa Antinori was once owned by the family of silk merchant Francesco Del Giocondo, whose wife Lisa Gherardini is widely believed to have sat for Leonardo da Vinci's world-famous portrait.

posted on Colonial Sense: 04/20/2016
Revolutionary War sites compile lists of American soldiers
April 17, 2016, The Associated Press by Chris Carola
Kent Keyser was surprised to learn a historian at a Revolutionary War battle site knows the name of his ancestor, a private from Virginia who participated in a daring nighttime attack.

In fact, Michael Sheehan, of New York’s Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site, is quite familiar with Pvt. William Keyser and hundreds of his fellow soldiers after researching old pension records and other documents available online. Two-hundred-forty-one years after the American Revolution began with the Battles of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775, many of the Minute Men and Continental Army soldiers who fought the redcoats from Boston to South Carolina are no longer anonymous figures from the history books.

posted on Colonial Sense: 04/20/2016
272 Slaves Were Sold to Save Georgetown. What Does It Owe Their Descendants?
April 16, 2016, The New York Times by Rachel L. Swarns
The human cargo was loaded on ships at a bustling wharf in the nation’s capital, destined for the plantations of the Deep South. Some slaves pleaded for rosaries as they were rounded up, praying for deliverance.

But on this day, in the fall of 1838, no one was spared: not the 2-month-old baby and her mother, not the field hands, not the shoemaker and not Cornelius Hawkins, who was about 13 years old when he was forced onboard.

Their panic and desperation would be mostly forgotten for more than a century. But this was no ordinary slave sale. The enslaved African-Americans had belonged to the nation’s most prominent Jesuit priests. And they were sold, along with scores of others, to help secure the future of the premier Catholic institution of higher learning at the time, known today as Georgetown University.

posted on Colonial Sense: 04/19/2016
Shogun's castle wall sees the light of day after nearly 400 years
April 14, 2016, The Asahi Shimbun (Japan) by Staff
Excavation work at Okazaki Castle here, the birthplace of the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate, has turned up a 400-meter stretch of unbroken castle wall--the largest intact example of such stone masonry from the feudal era.

The education board of Okazaki, southeast of Nagoya, announced the find on April 13.

It said the wall, which lies south of the castle, is believed to have been constructed by 1644, when Tokugawa Iemitsu (1604-1651), the third shogun, was in power.

posted on Colonial Sense: 04/19/2016
‘Royal’ 17th century dress found under sand off the coast of Texel
April 14, 2016, Dutch News (Netherlands) by Staff
A 17th century silk dress found buried in sand by divers in the Wadden Sea is one of the most significant maritime finds ever made, experts said on Thursday.

The dress, other items of clothing and day-to-day artifacts such as a comb, books and a pomander, were found by divers in the wreck of a ship near the island of Texel. The dress, which experts say was probably owned by a noblewoman, if not royalty, is in remarkably good condition, which is very rare for a dress of its age.

posted on Colonial Sense: 04/16/2016
Two shipwrecks discovered along Connemara coastline
April 11, 2016, The Irish Times (Ireland) by Lorna Siggins
Two shipwrecks dating to the 18th and 19th centuries have been found in Connemara bays that were renowned for smuggling activity.

The older of the two wrecks was located by currach fisherman John Bhaba Jeaic Ó Conghaíle in Cuan Chaisín in Ceantar na nOileáin.

The vessel, believed to date to the 18th century, has been virtually stripped of its timbers.

posted on Colonial Sense: 04/16/2016
What Today’s Congress Can Learn From the First Congress
April 07, 2016, Time by Fergus M. Bordewich
The deepening standoff between Congress and the president over the replacement of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February, threatens to damage yet another key part of what Patrick Henry once called the “crazy machine” of government. Some might imagine that the nation’s founders would be appalled if they saw government so paralyzed. In fact, it might seem to them more like deja vu.

Even in its earliest years, Congress faced seemingly intractable problems that might have crippled our new government before it got underway. But unlike the majority of our present Congress, the members of the First Congress were determined to make government work—they were afraid of the consequences if it didn’t.

posted on Colonial Sense: 04/15/2016
Uncovering the Luna Colony, a Lost Remnant of Spanish Florida
April 09, 2016, The New Yorker by Marguerite Holloway
One Friday last October, Tom Garner was driving through a residential neighborhood of wide lawns and old-growth oaks in Pensacola, Florida, on his way to lunch. Cutting through the cozy quarter, which is adjacent to his own, allowed Garner to avoid an eternally long traffic light across a major highway, and to keep an eye out for freshly turned soil. Garner, an avid lay archeologist, knew that the neighborhood was one of a handful that might sit atop the most important archeological site in Pensacola. That day, he saw what he was on the lookout for: the bare ground of an empty lot, recently cleared for construction.

posted on Colonial Sense: 04/15/2016
Shakespeare First Folio discovered on Scottish island
April 07, 2016, BBC (UK) by Sean Coughlan
A copy of Shakespeare's First Folio, one of the most sought-after books in the world, has been discovered in a stately home on a Scottish island.

This copy of the first collected edition of Shakespeare's plays, published in 1623, was found at Mount Stuart House on the Isle of Bute.

Academics who authenticated the book called it a rare and significant find.


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Census People: 9,313 | Pix: 1,062 (11.40%) | Countries: 8,466 (90.91%) | Dates: 2,218 (23.82%) | Bio: 5,362 (57.58%) | TLs: 41 (0.44%) | Links: 8,115 (87.14%) | Gallery: 51 (0.55%) | Notes: 1,224 (13.14%)
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