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an influential merchant and Member of Parliament for the City of London. He held appointments in the East India Company and the Levant Company. With his younger brother John, he was instrumental in establishing the Bank of England and was a director from the founding of the bank in 1692. He was elected an Alderman of the City of London in 1692, and was knighted shortly afterwards. In the spring of 1693, several London investors led by Sir James Houblon hoped to increase their fortunes by sponsoring a privateering campaign in cooperation with the King of Spain.

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A subdivision of an English shire; a meeting (later, a court) of such a district. Also wappentake, wapyntak, and many more. The word is from Old Norse vapnatak; vapn, weapon + tak, taking. In Old Norse it meant a brandishing of weapons as a vote at an assembly or gathering of warriors; in Iceland, the picking up of weapons at the end of an assembly. Hence, an assembly meetingplace or district. The shires of England that have wapentakes have large Danish elements in their history: Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Notts, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Leicestershire; Nottinghamshire (1846) was divided into six wapentakes. Other shire-divisions are the hundreds.

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Anne Hutchinson was a famous woman at the time when colonies in the New England area were being created. What was she known for?
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  2. Helping Pocahontas.

  3. Founding the colony of Maine.

  4. Expressing her opinions and saying that God spoke to her.


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This Day in Early Modern History -- January 26th

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Events

 •  1500-Vicente Yanez Pinzon discovers Brazil
 •  1531-Lisbon hit by Earthquake -- about 30,000 die
 •  1565-Battle of Talikota, India: Moslems destroy Vijayanagara Empire's army
 •  1654-Portuguese troops conquer last Dutch base on Recife 
 •  1663-Great earthquake in New England
 •  1666-France declares war on England and Munster 
 •  1689-Jean Racine's Esther premieres in Saint-Cyr
 •  1697-Isaac Newton receives Johann Bernoulli's 6 month time-limit problem, solves problem before going to bed that same night
 •  1699-Venice, Poland and Austria sign peace treaty with Turkey 
 •  1700-A huge earthquake in the Pacific Northwest sends a tsunami all the way to Japan
 •  1736-Stanislaw Leszczynski, last king of Poland, abdicates his throne
 •  1748-England, Netherlands, Austria and Sardinia sign anti-French treaty 
 •  1779-Engagement at Burke County Jail
 •  1784-Benjamin Franklin expresses unhappiness over eagle as America's symbol
 •  1788-Captain Arthur Phillip hoists English flag on Botany Bay, New South Wales and the First Fleet arrives at Sydney Cove -- now remembered as Australia Day
 •  1789-John Odell signs contract for 336 pounds to build St. Peter's church in the Bronx, NY. 
 •  1790-Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's opera Cosi Fan Tutte premieres in Vienna
 •  1797-Russia, Prussia and Austria sign treaty 
 •  1802-Congress passes an act calling for a U.S. Capitol library 
 •  1808-Rum Rebellion: only successful armed takeover of government in Australia
 •  1837-Michigan admitted as the 26th U.S. state
 •  1838-Tennessee becomes first state to prohibit alcohol
 •  1841-Hong Kong proclaimed a sovereign territory of Britain
 •  1850-First German-language daily newspaper in U.S. published, New York City 
 •  1855-Hanging suicide of Gerard de Nerval, eccentric poet known for walking his pet lobster on a blue ribbon through the streets of Paris 'because it does not bark and it knows the secrets of the sea'

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 •  1642-  Evert Collier -- Artists
 •  1657-  William Wake -- ClergyWriters
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 •  1783-  Helmina von Chezy -- Writers
 •  1791-  Katharina Sibylla Schucking -- Writers
 •  1797-  Therese Albertine Luise Robinson -- Writers
 •  1819-  Elias Pieter van Bommel -- Artists

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 •  1630-  Henry Briggs -- AstronomersScientistsEducators
 •  1721-  Pierre Daniel Huet -- ClergyWriters
 •  1747-  Willem van Mieris -- Artists
 •  1748-  Pierre Rameau -- Writers
 •  1768-  Tibout Regters -- Artists
 •  1795-  Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach -- Composers
 •  1803-  Georg von Pasterwitz -- Composers
 •  1823-  Edward Jenner -- PhysiciansScientists
 •  1824-  Theodore Gericault -- Artists
 •  1839-  Stephen Van Rensselaer -- GovernanceCommerce
 •  1849-  Thomas Lovell Beddoes -- WritersPhysicians
 •  1855-  Gerard de Nerval -- Writers

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posted on Colonial Sense: 01/25/2020
After Escaping Native American Captivity, A 17th-Century Woman Wrote A Best-Seller
February 07, 2018, Ranker by Genevieve Carlton
It was the book everyone was talking about in colonial America — a harrowing memoir of a reverend's wife who had been dragged from her home by "bloody heathens" and forced her to march 150 miles. Separated from her children, the woman had only prayers to sustain her... which they did, as she eventually survived and escaped. The Mary Rowlandson captivity narrative tells the horrific story in excruciating detail, from a man "chopped into the head with a hatchet" to others "stabbed with their spears."

Unlike the girl with the Mohave tattoo, who wanted to stay with her captors, Mary Rowlandson vowed to escape. And unlike the Puritan axe murderer who slaughtered her captors, Mary Rowlandson's revenge didn't come from an axe — it came through the writing of her book. Mary Rowlandson's tale recounted her bloody story to other English settlers, warning them that the Indians had been sent by God to scourge them.

posted on Colonial Sense: 01/23/2020
Is it too late to impeach George III?
January 20, 2020, CNN by Joseph J. Ellis
Before there was Donald Trump, there were Bill Clinton, Richard Nixon and Andrew Johnson, all presidents who were impeached or, in Nixon's case, resigned before the impeachment vote could occur. There are compelling legal reasons to regard this list as complete. Let me suggest there are also compelling historical reasons to add George III to the list.

For legal scholars, the seminal document of the American founding is the Constitution. That makes splendid sense, especially when it comes to assessing any putative violation of executive power, since the Constitution defines such power in Article II. It also provides the language for impeaching and removing a president, which the framers deliberately made hard to do.

But if you dive a layer deeper, and read the debates over executive power that occurred in June, July and August 1787, it soon becomes clear that the framers were haunted by conversations that had occurred in that very same room 11 years earlier, in July 1776. The ghost at the banquet was George III.

posted on Colonial Sense: 01/21/2020
Perry Stone: Mitt Romney Might Support Impeachment to Fulfill ‘The White Horse Prophecy’
January 17, 2020, Right Wing Watch by Kyle Mantyla
Right-wing pastor Perry Stone posted a message on his Facebook page this morning suggesting that Republican Sen. Mitt Romney may vote to remove President Donald Trump from office because Romney believes doing so might result in him becoming president in accordance with Mormon prophecy.

In 1843, Joseph Smith, founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, supposedly delivered a message known as “The White Horse Prophecy” that declared that one day, when the U.S. Constitution was hanging by a thread, the Mormon people would rise up and save the nation.

posted on Colonial Sense: 01/19/2020
Native Americans Have Little to Celebrate on Thanksgiving
November 28, 2019, The Daily Beast by David J. Silverman
While I have been researching and writing a Wampanoag-centered history of Plymouth Colony and the Thanksgiving holiday, my conversations with Native people have opened my eyes to some profound lessons about their past and present. These teachings have particular resonance this Thanksgiving season as the United States continues to struggle with white nationalism, the importance of distinguishing between truth and lies in democratic debate, and the place of indigenous people in a pluralistic country with a colonial foundation.

Native people widely agree that the U.S. has yet to reckon with its history of white violence against their people. Instead, the country uses the myth of the First Thanksgiving to make it appear that Indians consented bloodlessly to colonialism.

posted on Colonial Sense: 01/17/2020
Strange Stories You Might Not Know About Colonial Americans
July 29, 2016, Ranker by Steve Silkin
It's not too much of a stretch to assume we live in the strangest era ever. After all, we have Donald Trump and his antics captivating us every day. But there are plenty of strange stories about early Americans too. From sad tales of intolerance to clownish buffoons, this is not your typical history lesson about colonial America.

This list examines what it was like to live in colonial America, from the weird political landscape to the difficulties of not fitting in the (very stringent) mold. You may not have heard these weird stories about colonial life and American history, but you won't soon forget them after reading this list.

posted on Colonial Sense: 01/15/2020
Did Thomas Jefferson Say, ‘Do You Want To Know Who You Are? Don’t Ask. Act! Action Will Delineate And Define You’?
December 05, 2019, Check Your Fact by Elias Atienza
An image shared on Facebook claims founding father Thomas Jefferson once said, “Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.”

President Donald Trump also tweeted the quote in 2013.

Verdict: False

posted on Colonial Sense: 01/13/2020
AI puts final notes on Beethoven's Tenth Symphony
December 13, 2019, Tech Xplore by Mathieu Foulkes
A few notes scribbled in his notebook are all that German composer Ludwig van Beethoven left of his Tenth Symphony before his death in 1827.

Now, a team of musicologists and programmers is racing to complete a version of the piece using artificial intelligence, ahead of the 250th anniversary of his birth next year.

posted on Colonial Sense: 01/11/2020
Experts harness tech to reconstruct face of 'witch' who died over 300 years ago
November 01, 2017, Fox News by James Rogers
Experts in Scotland have used 3D technology to reconstruct the face of an 18th-century ‘witch.’

Lilias Adie, from the village of Torryburn in Eastern Scotland, died in prison in 1704 after she had “confessed” to being a witch and having sex with the devil, according to the University of Dundee, which worked on the reconstruction project.

Adie had been sentenced to be burned to death, but died before the sentence could be carried out. One theory suggests that she committed suicide. Records suggest that she may have been in her 60s at the time of her death.

posted on Colonial Sense: 01/09/2020
Utterly Fascinating Theories Behind The Vanishing Roanoke Colony
October 17, 2016, Ranker by Lyra Radford
The disappearance of the Roanoke colony remains one of the oldest unsolved mysteries in the United States. It all began back in 1587, when Sir Walter Raleigh financed the attempts of John White to establish a British colony on Roanoke Island, just off the coast of North Carolina. They landed that July and established themselves rather quickly. Everything seemed to be going well for the thriving colony of 115 people. In fact, John White’s daughter, Eleanor Dare, gave birth to a daughter while in Roanoke. Virginia Dare became the first English child born in the Americas.

White sailed back to England to gather fresh supplies, but the Anglo-Spanish War delayed his return. After being away from his family for three years, White finally returned to Roanoke in 1590, but he arrived to find the entire colony had simply vanished. They left nothing behind except the word “Croatoan” carved into a post and “Cro” etched into a tree. But what does "Croatoan" mean and where could the colony have gone? Check out the Roanoke theories below.

posted on Colonial Sense: 01/07/2020
Apple TV+’s ‘Horny Emily Dickinson’ Show Is Almost Bonkers Enough to Be Fun
October 31, 2019, The Daily Beast by Kevin Fallon
here are times during the first few episodes of Dickinson when you suspect you're watching something extremely clever, a wielding of anachronistic storytelling gimmicks so smart that the series may even be genius—or, at the very least, thrilling and new. In the three episodes of the new Apple TV+ series that were released to critics, out Friday along with the rest of the new streaming service’s offerings, those moments are disappointingly fleeting.

Lovingly (I think) crowned the “horny Emily Dickinson” series on social media following the release of its trailer, the new comedy (I think) stars the brilliant Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit, Edge of Seventeen, the shitty Pitch Perfect sequels) as the brilliant late poet, whose work only gained recognition after her death in 1886. (The wide-ranging tone is its own “wild night” here.)

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