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a German composer and pupil of Johann Sebastian Bach. He attended the University of Leipzig. He was Kantor at the Leipzig Thomasschule, conducting the Thomanerchor from 1756 to 1789. Doles wrote a manuscript treatise on singing which may preserve some elements of Bach's own methods.

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The still current yard meaning enclosure is Old Saxon gard (whence also garden) , as in vineyard and orchard; Latin hortus, garden; related to court. There was another yard, probably related to Latin hasta, spear, meaning a stick, a slender shoot of a tree. This survives in sailyard, and the reduplicating yardstick. Other senses this yard had include: a twig; hence, a trifle, a thing of no value. A means of punishment; hence, punishment, the rod. From the use of a rod in measuring land, a yard, an area of a quarter of an acre; a measure of length: (9th to 15th century) 16 1/2 feet; (14th century and now standard) 3 feet. By optimistic transfer, the phallus (as also Latin virga, rod); William Shakespeare in LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST (1588) has one of his frequent puns: Armado: I do adore thy sweet Grace's slipper. Boyet (aside to Dumain): Loves her by the foot. Dumain (aside to Boyet): He may not by the yard.

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Samuel Adams was one of the chief instigators of the Boston Tea Party. What was his profession?
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 •  1524-Duke Charles III of Bourbon drives Admiral Guillaume Gouffier, seigneur de Bonnivet, out of Milan 
 •  1547-Battle of Mühlberg: Emperor Charles V vs John Frederick I, Elector of Saxony
 •  1558-Queen Mary Stuart of Scotland marries crown prince Francis II of France
 •  1570-Battles between Spanish troops and followers of deceased sultan Suleiman I 
 •  1704-First successful U.S. newspaper, The Boston News-Letter, begins publishing by John Campbell
 •  1762-Russia and Prussia signs peace treaty 
 •  1781-William Phillips and Benedict Arnold launch attack on Petersburg, Virginia
 •  1792-La Marseillaise, soon-to-be national anthem of France is composed by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
 •  1800-The US Library of Congress is established with $5,000 allocation
 •  1801-First performance of Joseph Haydn's oratorio Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons) in Vienna
 •  1823-Eugene Scribe's Le Menteur Veridique premieres in Paris
 •  1833-Jacob Evert and George Dulty patent the soda fountain
 •  1854-Austria's Franz Joseph I marries Empress Elisabeth "Sissi" of Austria


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posted on Colonial Sense: 04/24/2019
Roanoke colony mystery: Could this strange rock reveal the settlers' fate?
June 11, 2018, Fox News by James Rogers
Scientists are planning to take a fresh look at an engraved rock purported to hold the key to the mysterious “lost colony” of Roanoke.

Described as “the coldest case in American history,” the fate of more than 100 English settlers of the 16th century on Roanoke Island, N.C., has long baffled historians. The settlers’ disappearance has been shrouded in mystery for centuries.

The settlers, who included women and children, arrived on Roanoke Island in 1587 to help establish America’s first English settlement. By 1590, however, the group was nowhere to be found, fueling ongoing speculation about their mysterious disappearance.

posted on Colonial Sense: 04/23/2019
He Stole Priceless Old Masters. His Mom Destroyed Them—And Him
June 01, 2018, The Daily Beast by Allison McNearney
It was a rare, 16th-century bugle that finally took him down.

Stéphane Breitwieser was visiting the Richard Wagner Museum in Switzerland and was captivated by the magnificent brass piece that was one of only three that existed in the world. So he did what came naturally to him after nearly seven years of indulging his love of art—he stole it.

posted on Colonial Sense: 04/22/2019
Rarely Seen 19th-Century Silhouette of a Same-Sex Couple Living Together Goes On View
May 25, 2018, Smithsonian Magazine by Roger Catlin
Among the dozens of works on display in a new show at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery is one that is possibly the first depiction of a same sex couple—the silhouettes of Sylvia Drake and Charity Bryant of Weybridge, Vermont, entwined in braided human hair that is also shaped into a heart.

“Can you imagine an oil painting of these two women from that era” asks Asma Naeem, the National Portrait Gallery curator of prints, drawings and media arts, who curated the new show Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now and authored its catalog.

posted on Colonial Sense: 04/21/2019
Archaeologists dig up mass grave of soldiers crushed by Napoleon's troops
June 08, 2018, LiveScience by Megan Gannon
Just under the topsoil of the farm fields in this small town northeast of Vienna, there are traces of one of the biggest battles of the Napoleonic Wars.

According to some estimates, 55,000 soldiers died when Napoleon Bonaparte's troops clashed with the Austrian army during the Battle of Wagram between July 5 and 6, 1809. Many of them were buried directly on the plain, and for the first time, archaeologists are systematically excavating the battlefield.

posted on Colonial Sense: 04/20/2019
The first cyberattack took place nearly 200 years ago in France
May 28, 2018, BoingBoing by Cory Doctorow
France created a national mechanical telegraph system in the 1790s; in 1834, a pair of crooked bankers named François and Joseph Blanc launched the first cyberattack, poisoning the data that went over the system in order to get a trading advantage in the bond market.

posted on Colonial Sense: 04/19/2019
Why the Very First Treaty Between the United States and a Native People Still Resonates Today
May 24, 2018, Smithsonian Magazine by Ryan P. Smith
The narrative of the American Revolutionary War is often presented as a story of tidy alliances: Britons and Germans on one side, Americans and French on the other. But what of those over whose ancestral lands the conflict was waged—Native Americans?

Native peoples had been driven steadily westward in the decades prior to the war, as boatloads upon boatloads of land-hungry colonists pushed heedlessly (and often violently) into their territory. As revolution dawned, however, settlers began to realize that making allies rather than adversaries of Native Americans could prove to be a useful strategy, given the indigenous peoples' manpower as well as their prodigious knowledge of the battlegrounds.

In 1776, the Declaration of Independence asserted the existence of a coherent United States, a national entity distinct from Britain and entitled to its own system of law. This declaration implied that the 13-state collective was within its rights to negotiate and ratify formal international treaties, just like any other country. Pursuing treaties with indigenous peoples quickly became a high priority for the United States.

posted on Colonial Sense: 04/18/2019
Pirate mystery solved: Human bone reveals its secrets
May 25, 2018, Fox News by James Rogers
A mysterious human bone recovered from Cape Cod’s Whydah shipwreck does not belong to a notorious English pirate, experts have confirmed.

The Whydah Pirate Museum in Yarmouth, Mass. announced Thursday that the bone is not from infamous pirate Samuel "Black Sam" Bellamy. The museum had enlisted forensic scientists at the University of New Haven to extract DNA and compare it with DNA from a living Bellamy descendant in the U.K.

The testing determined that the bone was from a male with general ties to the Eastern Mediterranean area, but was not Bellamy.

posted on Colonial Sense: 04/17/2019
'Holy Grail Of Shipwrecks' Found Near Colombian Coast, Woods Hole Says
May 22, 2018, The Associated Press by Mark Pratt
A Spanish galleon laden with gold that sank to the bottom of the Caribbean off the coast of Colombia more than 300 years ago was found three years ago with the help of an underwater autonomous vehicle operated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the agency disclosed for the first time.

New details about the discovery of the San Jose were released on Monday with permission from the agencies involved in the search, including the Colombian government.

posted on Colonial Sense: 04/16/2019
George Washington's headquarters flag makes historic return to Philadelphia
May 18, 2018, Fox News by James Rogers
The headquarters flag used by George Washington during the Revolutionary War will go on display in Philadelphia next month, marking its first public appearance in the city since the war itself.

The rare faded and fragile blue silk flag, which measures two feet by three feet, will be on display in the Museum of the American Revolution from Flag Day, June 14, through June 17. The display will also mark the flag’s first public appearance in Pennsylvania in decades.

Adorned with 13 six-pointed stars to represent the original 13 colonies, the artifact is thought to be the earliest surviving 13-star American flag.

posted on Colonial Sense: 04/15/2019
The Fort That Would Have Never Worked
April 24, 2018, Now I Know by Dan Lewis
For more than 200 years, the United States and Great Britain have been at peace with one another if not outright allies. But to get there, the two nations had to fight a pair of wars first — the American Revolution and the War of 1812. The former ended with the Treaty of Paris (1783) which, in part, established the border between the newly-created United States and the British territory of Canada. That border was re-established by the Treaty of Ghent in 1814, and since then, that’s been a mostly stable, peaceful line of demarcation between the U.S. and now-independent Canada.

But in 1816, American president James Madison wasn’t willing to assume that everything was going to work out okay. The British had, in both wars, attacked the United States from the north. Lake Champlain, which runs between New York and Vermont, was a particularly vulnerable area, as the waterway runs deep into Canada, connecting up with the St. Lawrence just northeast of Montreal. The British could — and in both wars, did — send forces down the lake into the United States.

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