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The Quartering Acts

On the morning of October 20, 1768, Sheriff Greenleaf of the town of Boston forcibly entered the Manufactory House. He was there to evict the people living inside so that the building could be turned into barracks for soldiers. In an ironic twist, he was detained by the residents instead. He called out for help, and British soldiers came to his aid, freeing him and surrounding the Manufactory Hous

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A History of Bacon’s Rebellion in Six Sources

In September 1676, Jamestown went up in flames, literally. A man named Nathaniel Bacon, along with an army of about 150 colonists, gleefully watched it burn to “cinders and ashes.” How did the situation in Virginia get so bad that the king’s subjects set fire to the colony’s capital? The story of Bacon’s Rebellion does, ironically, start with pigs. Bacon’s Rebellion broke out in 1676 in res

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The Boston Massacre

CLICK HERE FOR STUDENT READING & INQUIRY [caption id="attachment_37373" align="alignleft" width="306"] “The Bloody Massacre Perpetrated in King-Street Boston on March 5th 1770 by a Party of the 29th Regt.” Paul Revere, 1770. Courtesy of Yale University Art Gallery.[/caption] On a cold dark day in March 1770, British soldiers fired into a crowd of Bostonians, killing five people and i

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What Happened at the Boston Massacre?

[caption id="attachment_37373" align="alignleft" width="307"] “The Bloody Massacre Perpetrated in King-Street Boston on March 5th 1770 by a Party of the 29th Regt.” Paul Revere, 1770. Courtesy of Yale University Art Gallery.[/caption] The image to the left is probably the most famous image of the Boston Massacre. It was engraved by Paul Revere about two weeks after the Boston Massacre happened.

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Just a Pinch of Salt

"First there is salt, without which practically nothing is edible." Plutarch (46-120 AD) Today, we take salt for granted. It is a common condiment — inexpensive and readily available to sprinkle on our foods. But it hasn’t always been that way. As Mark Kurlansky expressed in his 2002 study on the topic, "from the beginning of civilization until about 100 years ago, salt was one of the most

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‘So Fitt a Messenger’—How John Pory’s ‘Proceedings’ Got to London

By Nancy Egloff, Historian, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation An English man-of-war, the White Lion, played an important role in not just one, but two significant events in Virginia in 1619. In late August 1619 the ship sailed into Point Comfort (present-day Hampton) with “twenty and odd Negroes,” bringing the first recorded Africans to Virginia. Piloted by Englishman Marmaduke Rayner, it entered t

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Angelo

[jwplatform dlEPTyHg] Angelo Video Script From 1618 to 1620 the Portuguese fought the people of Ndongo in western Africa. Thousands of Africans were abducted and killed by African warlords and mercenaries employed by the Portuguese in Angola. Many were marched from their villages to the port of Luanda. Some escaped. Some died. They were often kept in terrible conditions for m

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Tomocomo

[jwplatform ntuwISXH][jwplatform ntuwISXH]     Tomocomo  video Script [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="175"] Wahunsonacock, Chief Powhatan photo 1607. A Nation Takes Root[/caption] Uttamatomakkin, also known as Tomocomo, was a priest-counselor to Chief Powhatan. Matachanna, his wife, was Pocahontas’ half-sister. Tomocomo’s homeland was Tsenacommacah

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Ann Burras

[jwplatform rn2IGkx4] Ann Burras video Script The first English women arrived in Virginia when Captain Christopher Newport brought two to Jamestown on his second supply ship in October of 1608. Ann Burras — an unmarried young woman in her teens — accompanied Mistress Forest as her maid. Mistress Forest had come with her husband (probably Thomas — listed among the s

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Benjamin Lincoln

[caption id="attachment_28232" align="alignleft" width="432"] Portrait of Benjamin Lincoln by Charles Willson Peale, circa 1784.[/caption]   Of all George Washington's Continental Army generals, few could organize or lead militia troops as well as Benjamin Lincoln. After years of serving in the Massachusetts militia, Benjamin Lincoln had become the "minuteman's general." He was born to

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