Okay, The East India Company is Really Famous for … Tea.

Tea is arguably the world’s most popular beverage. It is enjoyed by millions of people around the globe daily. But this wasn’t always so. In addition to trading in luxurious goods such as exotic spices, fine fabrics and bullion, The East India Company played a pivotal role in introducing tea not only to the British …

Historical Tidbits — French Alliance

When reenacting or acting as a historical interpreter, its good to have a few historical dates and stories to share. This series will publish a few. February 6, 1778               ALLIANCE with FRANCE Treaty of Alliance The most Christian King and the United States of North America, to wit, New Hampshire, Massachusetts Bay, Rhodes island, Connecticut, …

HOW THE EAST INDIA COMPANY INTRODUCED COCOA TO EUROPE

The Spanish first discovered cocoa beans during voyages to the New World.  English Privateers (AKA Pirates) – under authorization from Queen Elizabeth I – soon discovered this as well by looting of the Spanish ships. While the Aztecs had prized the cocoa that grew on their lands higher than gold – even using cocoa beans …

Can’t afford a painted portrait – Make a Silhouette

In the 1st century, Pliny the Elder told the story of Dibutade, a 5th century Corinthian girl, who traced her lover’s shadow, cast by candlelight, because she wanted to keep the image of her lover with her when he went away on a journey.  A renaissance of this art form occurred in the 18th century …

THE BILL OF RIGHTS: A BRIEF HISTORY #3

Insurrections often are propagated upon misinformation.   So too are the most recent band of domestic terrorist who like to hide behind our most sacred American institutions.  In this series, I want to explore the Bill of Rights and why some of the hype and hyperbole thrown around by the extremist is not just wrong but …

Historical Tidbits — George Washington Elected President

When reenacting or acting as a historical interpreter, its good to have a few historical dates and stories to share. This series will publish a few. February 4, 1789George Washington is unanimously elected President of the United States. With 69 electoral votes, Washington won the support of each participating elector. No other president since has …

Historical Tidbits — US Supreme Court meets for the first time

When reenacting or acting as a historical interpreter, its good to have a few historical dates and stories to share. This series will publish a few. February 2, 1790US Supreme Court meets for the first time under the new US Constitution at the Merchants Building in New York City. The Supreme Court was established in …

New Amsterdam (present-day New York) becomes a city (2/2/1653)

Between 1626 and 1664, the main town of the Dutch colony of New Netherland was New Amsterdam, now called Manhattan. Peter Minuit, Director of the Dutch West India Company, met with Indigenous peoples and purchased Manhattan for trinkets equivalent to several thousand dollars today. The land was quickly settled. The colony of New Netherland extended …

Guy Fawkes is Executed January 31, 1606 (Julian Calendar)

Remember, Remember, the Fifth of November, Gunpowder, Treason and Plot…  Everyone remembers the infamous day (or should) when Guy Fawkes attempted to violently overthrow King and Parliament with 36 barrels of gunpowder and a lit fuse.  Few people remember that this was the beginning of Fawkes demise not the end.  He and his conspirators, Robert …

US Marines in the American Revolution

Flag Raising at New Providence 28 January 1778 Shortly after his arrival at Georgetown, South Carolina, Captain John Peck Rathbun of the sloop Providence was informed by a merchant captain who had just returned from the Bahamas that the Mary had put into Nassau for repairs. The news immediately brought back memories of his brief …