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  • Letter Tied to Fight for Independence Is Found in Museum’s Attic

    01/01/2014 8:13:35 PM PST · by Theoria · 26 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 01 Jan 2014 | James Barron
    It was lying in a drawer in the attic, a 12-page document that was not just forgotten but misfiled. Somehow it had made its way into a folder with colonial-era doctor’s bills that someone in the 1970s decreed was worthless and should be thrown away. Luckily, no one did. For when Emilie Gruchow opened the folder last summer and separated it from the doctor’s bills, she recognized it as a one-of-a-kind document. Ms. Gruchow, an archivist at the Morris-Jumel Mansion, was an intern at the museum in Upper Manhattan when she made her discovery. The mansion served as George Washington’s...
  • Scientists Find Cannibalism at American Settlement (Jamestown, VA)

    05/02/2013 6:50:53 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 12 replies
    U-T San Diego ^ | May 1, 2013 | Brett Zongker
    Scientists find cannibalism at American settlement WASHINGTON — Scientists say they have found the first solid archaeological evidence that some of the earliest American colonists survived harsh conditions by resorting to cannibalism. On Wednesday, the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and archaeologists from Jamestown announced the discovery of the bones of a 14-year-old girl with clear signs that she was cannibalized. The human remains date back to the deadly winter of 1609-1610, known as the "starving time" in Jamestown, when hundreds of colonists died. Scientists have said the settlers arrived from England during the worst drought in 800 years....
  • Pilgrim lesson: Spreading wealth leads to pooled poverty

    11/24/2011 7:50:43 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 10 replies · 1+ views
    OneNewsNow ^ | 11/23/2011 | John Aman
    Those who still think that it's a good idea for government to "spread the wealth around" must think they're "wiser than God." That's what Plymouth Governor William Bradford concluded nearly 400 years ago after one of America's first socialist experiments led not to shared wealth, but pooled poverty. The Pilgrims, whom we remember at Thanksgiving, started life in the New World with a system of common ownership forced on them by Plymouth colony investors. That quasi-socialist arrangement proved disastrous, and had to be scrapped for one which gave these first Americans the right to keep the fruits of their labor...
  • Settlers-vs.-Indians Board Game Rankles Tribes

    04/15/2010 11:32:00 AM PDT · by edpc · 25 replies · 891+ views
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 15 April 2010 | Eric Tucker
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. – One player racks up points by defeating Native American tribal leaders, the other by snuffing out settlements of English colonists. Capture Boston or Plymouth Colony? Victory is yours. That's the gist of "King Philip's War," a board game based on a bloody and violent clash of the same name between colonists and Indian tribes in 17th-century New England, and developed by a company partly owned by former major league pitcher Curt Schilling.
  • How Private Property Saved the Pilgrims

    05/06/2009 12:11:40 PM PDT · by Conservative Coulter Fan · 7 replies · 1,281+ views
    Hoover Institution ^ | 1999 | Tom Bethell
    When the Pilgrims landed in 1620, they established a system of communal property. Within three years they had scrapped it, instituting private property instead. Hoover media fellow Tom Bethell tells the story. There are three configurations of property rights: state, communal, and private property. Within a family, many goods are in effect communally owned. But when the number of communal members exceeds normal family size, as happens in tribes and communes, serious and intractable problems arise. It becomes costly to police the activities of the members, all of whom are entitled to their share of the total product of the...
  • American History Recovered

    06/13/2008 11:21:14 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 5 replies · 75+ views
    Campus Report ^ | June 13, 2008 | Malcolm Kline
    American History Recovered by: Malcolm A. Kline, June 13, 2008 Because of the game of teapot that American academic historians have been playing for decades, vital portions of U. S. history are in danger of becoming lost to future generations. Fortunately, scholars just outside the academy, who do tend to be more scholarly, are doing archeological digs, metaphorically speaking, to unearth this country’s past. What the former usually do is quote each other. The latter actually dig up the primary documents that tell the actual story. Hoover Institution scholar Alvin Rabushka has done just that in his epic study of...
  • Ancient Greenland Mystery Has A Simple Answer, It Seems

    11/29/2007 10:26:32 AM PST · by blam · 79 replies · 651+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 11-29-2007 | Colin Woodward
    Ancient Greenland mystery has a simple answer, it seemsFirst: A reproduction of Tjodhilde's Church stands in Brattahlid, Greenland. It was the first Christian church in North America. Colin Woodard Did the Norse colonists starve? Were they wiped out by the Inuit – or did they intermarry? No. Things got colder and they left. By Colin Woodard | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor from the November 28, 2007 edition Reporter Colin Woodard describes an ecumenical service at a Greenland church built by legendary Norseman "Erik the Red."QASSIARSUK, Greenland - A shipload of visitors arrived in the fjord overnight, so Ingibjorg...
  • Ex-Border Agent Said Beaten in Prison

    02/06/2007 1:35:39 PM PST · by VU4G10 · 15 replies · 965+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 06 3:15 PM US/Eastern | By ALICIA A. CALDWELL
    EL PASO, Texas (AP) -- A former U.S. Border Patrol agent who was convicted of shooting a drug smuggling suspect and then lying about it was beaten by fellow inmates in prison, his relatives and a congressman said Tuesday. Prison officials did not immediately confirm that Ignacio Ramos had been attacked. The convictions of Ramos and fellow former agent Jose Alonso Compean sparked outcry from critics who argued that the men were merely doing their job defending the border against criminals. U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., a vocal supporter of the agents and opponent of illegal immigration, criticized the Bush...
  • Jamestown seeds reflect survival efforts

    01/09/2007 6:37:25 PM PST · by Pharmboy · 7 replies · 664+ views
    Associated Press via Yahoo ^ | 1-9-07 | SONJA BARISIC
    This photo released by National Geographic Society shows a tiny 400-year-old uncharred tobacco seed, shown magnified 350 times, that was unearthed by APVA Preservation Virginia archaeologists in a well used by colonists as early as 1610 in Jamestown Island, Va. (AP Photo/College of William & Mary Applied Research Center/APVA Preservation Virginia via National Geographic Society) Seeds and plant remains preserved in a well at America's first permanent English settlement suggest the Jamestown colonists were not just gentlemen with few wilderness survival skills, as they are often portrayed, but tried to live off the land by gathering berries and nuts....
  • Cuban Colonists Traded Bootlaces For Gold

    10/09/2006 4:16:32 PM PDT · by blam · 21 replies · 692+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 10-9-2006 | Maev Kennedy
    Cuban colonists traded bootlaces for gold Maev Kennedy Monday October 9, 2006 Guardian Unlimited (UK) El Chorro de Maita cemetery; and an artist's impression of the jewellery made by the Cubans from the Europeans' shoelaces. Images: Courtesy Institute of Archaeology The people of El Chorro de Maita, a fishing and farming village on the east coast of Cuba, were buried with their greatest treasures: jewellery made of stone, coral, pearl, gold and silver alloy, and odd little tube shaped metal beads. Meanwhile the first Europeans to make contact with the island were sailing home, well pleased with their barter: they'd...
  • 400-year-old pistol found on site of first American colonists(17th-century Scottish Pistol)

    07/27/2006 8:59:09 PM PDT · by Marius3188 · 49 replies · 2,267+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | 27 July 2006 | RICHARD LUSCOMBE
    ARCHAEOLOGISTS have uncovered a rare but perfectly preserved early 17th-century Scottish pistol at the historic former British colony known as the birthplace of the United States, making the firearm one of the oldest artefacts of European origin ever discovered in North America. The weapon probably belonged to one of the first settlers to arrive at Jamestown, Virginia, in 1607, and was recovered from a well at the site with several other "hugely significant" artefacts. "It was like Christmas in July," said Bly Straube, the curator of the Jamestown Rediscovery museum where the snaphaunce pistol, probably made by a manufacturer in...
  • Revolutionary War flag auctioned for $12.3M ( total of $17 million )

    06/14/2006 5:44:28 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies · 511+ views
    Reuters ^ | June 14, 2006
    Anonymous bidder snaps up flag belonging to a Connecticut regiment and three others for total of $17 million. An American Revolutionary War flag fetched $12.3 million at an auction in New York on Wednesday, and a group of three other flags went for more than $5 million to the same bidder, Sotheby's said. The total price of $17,392,000 was well over the pre-sale estimate of $4 million to $10 million for the two lots of battle flags captured by the British during the 1775-83 war,...
  • Revolutionary War flags to be auctioned.

    11/21/2005 7:59:12 PM PST · by Leatherneck_MT · 2 replies · 786+ views
    News Telegraph ^ | 22/11/2005 | Will Bennett
    Four rare battle flags captured during the American War of Independence by a British officer have been returned after more than two centuries to be auctioned.
  • "Sons of Liberty: Patriots or Terrorist?" Teaching that American Colonists are like Hamas

    10/25/2005 4:12:00 PM PDT · by rtwingr · 23 replies · 2,222+ views
    Early America ^ | Todd Alan Kreamer
    It was the Boston Committee of Correspondence that directed the Boston Tea Party action of December 16, 1773.1 Upset with the lack of redress concerning the new tax on tea established by the British government for importation of tea to Boston, a small band of the Boston Committee of Correspondence members (approximately fifty in number) lead by Samuel Adams, proceeded to empty three ships worth and 342 chests of tea into Boston Harbor in protest.2 Was this an early terrorist action or a patriotic action. Surely, the answer lies with perspective. If you were a British official, this action was...
  • China supplies arms to Iran, Sudan (China, the mother of autocracy)

    06/24/2005 6:42:17 PM PDT · by Wiz · 11 replies · 394+ views
    WASHINGTON [MENL] -- The United States has determined that despite numerous requests China has become a major supplier of weaponry to Iran and Sudan. Officials said China has sold major weapons and components to oil-producing countries in the Middle East banned from receiving Western defense systems. They said Beijing has rebuffed U.S. appeals to halt the weapons supplies. China has supplied components and expertise to Iran's weapons of mass destruction and missile programs, officials said. They said some of the Chinese components have arrived via Pakistan, another key ally of Beijing.
  • This History Book is Different: It's True - Setting the Record Straight-(American myths & realities)

    04/27/2005 5:44:56 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 26 replies · 1,065+ views
    700 CLUB.ORG ^ | APRIL 27, 2005 | Gailon Totheroh
    My apologies for not bringing a should-be classic, "The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History," to the attention of our Internet readers in a more timely fashion. What Dr. Thomas Woods does is directly confront many of the falsehoods that are weighing down Americans with boatloads (dwarfing the Mayflower) of junk knowledge. Frankly, many well-meaning people, including many educators, have been sucked into thinking things "that just ain't so." In fact, I have been divested of quite a number of things in my head. The academic world has miserably failed the public in accepting, teaching, and promoting many "clichés," to...
  • Study: Scurvy Hit Early N. American French Colony

    11/29/2004 10:53:24 AM PST · by alessandrofiaschi · 25 replies · 1,073+ views
    Yahoo.com news ^ | 29/11/2004 | Alessandro Fiaschi
    Study: Scurvy Hit Early N. American French Colony 1 hour, 4 minutes ago Science - Reuters CHICAGO (Reuters) - Scurvy wiped out nearly half of the colonists who established one of the first French settlements in North America 400 years ago, scientists confirmed on Monday. The colony existed in 1604 and 1605 on St. Croix Island off present-day Calais, Maine, and St. Stephen, New Brunswick. Nearly half of the 79 settlers died during the harsh winter, prompting survivors to move to what is now Nova Scotia in the summer of 1605. It was one of the earliest European outposts on...
  • Mein Gott! America is the new Germany

    06/20/2003 4:27:04 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 223 replies · 5,612+ views
    The Times (U.K.) ^ | 06/21/03 | Matthew Parris
    Germans are America’s big ethnic secret. No people and no culture has contributed more to what the United States is and is becoming. In the nation’s ethnic tangle, no root runs deeper than German America. As a scattered community only fitfully conscious of its own existence, none has more successfully pursued wealth, power and intellectual influence. And as a philosophical force in US politics — a whole political mindset — none has greater potency. Germany as a European state may have lost her way, the German language may struggle to keep its world grip, but the German spirit is alive...