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“Christopher Columbus, as everyone knows, is honored by posterity because he was the last to discover America.”*…

When Columbus landed in 1492, the Americas had been settled for tens of thousands of years. He wasn’t the first person to discover the continent. Rather, as Nick Longrich explains, his discovery was the last of many discoveries…

In all, people found the Americas at least seven different times. For at least six of those, it wasn’t so new after all. The discoverers came by sea and by land, bringing new genes, new languages, new technologies. Some stayed, explored, and built empires. Others went home, and left few hints they’d ever been there…

From last to first, here’s the story of how we arrived in the “New World”: “Seven times people discovered the Americas – and how they got there,” from @NickLongrich in @ConversationUS.

* James Joyce


As we ponder precedent, we might that it was on this date that about 300 Seneca warriors defeated a detachment of the British 80th Regiment of Light Armed Foot in the Battle of Devil’s Hole (near Niagara Gorge in present-day New York state). The action was part of what is known as Pontiac’s War, which had begun earlier that year when a loose confederation of Native Americans dissatisfied with British rule in the Great Lakes region following the French and Indian War moved to reclaim control of the land they had historically occupied.

Warfare on the North American frontier was brutal, and the killing of prisoners, the targeting of civilians, and other atrocities were widespread. In an incident that became well-known and frequently debated, British officers at Fort Pitt attempted to infect besieging Indians with blankets that had been exposed to smallpox. The war ended the following year after peace negotiations; and while the Natives were unable to drive away the British, the uprising prompted the British government to modify the policies that had provoked the conflict.

Pontiac urging listeners to rise up against the British (19th century engraving by Alfred Bobbett)


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September 14, 2022 at 1:00 am

If one listens closely enough, one can hear one’s arteries hardening…

…  but what a way to go.  From the “Cheese and Burger Society” (a front for the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board), thirty champion cheeseburgers.  For instance, #21:

Meet the others– lusciously portrayed, with recipes and further facts on the fromage– at CheeseAndBurger.com.

As we wipe our fingers on whatever is handy, we might recall that it was on this date in 1590– the third birthday of Virginia Dare, the first child born in Roanoke Colony, thus the first England child born in the New World– Gov. John White returned to Roanoke to find all 177 members of the community vanished.  “The Lost Colony,” as it became known, is believed to have attempted to migrate to Croatoan Island (near Cape Hatteras), and to have been absorbed into the Croatan tribe there.

…one of the chiefe trees or postes at the right side of the entrance had the barke taken off, and 5. foote from the ground in fayre Capitall letters was grauen CROATOAN without any crosse or signe of distresse

-Richard Hakluyt, from his description of the deserted settlement at Roanoke Island, August 18, 1590;  Principal Navigations, Voyages of the English Nation, Vol. III, 1600

White at the tree

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August 18, 2009 at 12:01 am

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