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Jao de la Porta

aka: José da Porta
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along with his older brother Morin, was a Portuguese Jewish merchant important in the early settlement of the Texan coast. João was born in Portugal but attended school in Paris, before moving to Brazil, the British West Indies, and finally New Orleans. Along with his brother, João provided the financing for the privateer Louis Michel Aury, who established...
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Herman de Ruyter

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1540 ca1570, Dec 19
a Dutch Beggars leader, known for his intake of Loevestein in 1570. As his profession, oxen buyer was reported. De Ruyter was a convinced Calvinist , and emerged as such in 1566-1567, when Calvinism in 's-Hertogenbosch came into being, as in many other places in the Netherlands, above ground. In February 1567 he took Anton van Bombergen to 's-Hertogenbosch, ...
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Silas Deane

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1737, Dec 241759-17841789, Sep 23
an American merchant, politician, and diplomat, and a supporter of American independence. Deane served as a delegate to the Continental Congress, then as the first foreign diplomat from the United States to France. Near the end of the war, Congress charged Deane with financial impropriety, and the British intercepted and published some letters in which he ha...
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John Deere

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1804, Feb 71821-18861886, May 17
an American blacksmith and manufacturer who founded Deere & Company, one of the largest and leading agricultural and construction equipment manufacturers in the world. Born in Rutland, Vermont, Deere moved to Illinois and invented the first commercially successful steel plow in 1837.
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Edwin Drake

aka: Colonel Drake
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1819, Mar 291880, Nov 9
the first American to successfully drill for oil. Edwin Drake was hired by the Seneca Oil Company to investigate suspected oil deposits in Titusville, Pennsylvania. James Townsend, President of the Seneca Oil Company, sent Drake to the site in the spring of 1858. The oil company chose the retired railway man partly because he had free use of the rail. Drake ...
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