Showing posts with label History. Show all posts
Showing posts with label History. Show all posts

08 December 2017

Caribbean History : The Cruel Fate of the Tainos

Who Were the Taínos? Freelance writer Ivan Castro, former writer for the Miami Herald, a South Florida newspaper, publishes a variety of articles on history and archaeology.

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Taínos were the people Christopher Columbus and his men encountered when they first set foot in the New World. Taínos greeted the Spaniards when the voyagers landed in the Bahamas, Cuba, Hispaniola, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and other islands. They were were doomed the moment the Europeans came ashore."  Read more at: **

European Colonization and the Cruel Fate of the Taínos



Sharing a link to an excellent article by Ivan Castro, Suite.io Contributor, a former reporter for The Miami Herald. He is an excellent writer and has written several articles on various historical events such as - reign of Nero, an emperor of ancient Rome; World War I and II; and slave rebellions in the Caribbean. To view his complete list of contributed articles, click here. You will indeed learn some things you never knew you never knew!!



(* Link also shared via my Pinterest board on The Bahamas.)

** Note: Articles or other paged links on the suite.io site are not available.  I have been unable to find archived or cached copies.  Here are alternate links:

The Taino genocide | Agabond





What Became of the Taíno?

The Indians who greeted Columbus were long believed to have died out. But a journalist's search for their descendants turned up surprising results




Christoper Columbus arrives in America 
Christoper Columbus arrives in America (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Dujo, a wooden chair crafted by Taínos. 
Dujo, a wooden chair crafted by Taínos. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)






02 October 2017

Texas Revolution Began October 2, 1835 : Texas History : Closing the Border

The first shots for the Texas Revolution were fired on October 2, 1835.  The rest is Texas history. 



English: Texas Flag - Come and Take It. This f...
English: Texas Flag - Come and Take It. This flag was raised by Texas settlers at the Battle of Gonzales in October 1835 after Mexico attempted to retrieve a cannon which had been granted to the town of Gonzales for protection against raids by native tribes. Category:SVG flags Category:Historical flags Español: La bandera "Come and Take It" - El texto dice "Come and Take It!" ("Venga y tome!") (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Anglo-American immigrants, who had been invited to come and settle down in Texas, which had been a part of the Spanish empire, decided they wanted to break free from Mexican rulers and become their own country. 

It was not pretty. But they did it!

Read more.

Texas Revolution – TSHA








11 September 2017

History of India : The Significance of 12 September | dracula fun (Reblog)

My comments: The blog publisher says the incident is minimized in the record of history. But it says they gave land grants to the families of the slain soldiers, so – in my mind - the authority gave credit where credit was due. It's better to not get any mention in history than to serve faithfully and then have your family disregarded as if you didn't do anything at all. The family who lost a member who died as a valiant soldier more often than not probably depended on that person for their own survival. It's the least the country's leaders could do.

History of the Indian army (as in India, not Native Americans).  Interesting history.



NOTE:  Comments above were previously shared in a Facebook group called History Buffs.

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History of India:
From Pre Historic Era to Freedom Struggle and Independence of India

History of India: Know about Indian History including Pre Historic Era, Stone Age, Bronze Age, Early Historic Period, Vedic Period, Mahajanapadas, Persian and Greek Conquests, Maurya Empire, Ancient India, Mughal Empire, Freedom Struggle, Independence and Partition of India

History of India from Pre Historic Era to Freedom Struggle and Independence of India

History of India: Know about Indian History including Pre Historic Era, Stone Age, Bronze Age, Early Historic Period, Vedic Period, Mahajanapadas, Persian and Greek Conquests, Maurya Empire, Ancient India, Mughal Empire, Freedom Struggle, Independence and Partition of India




Diversity Topics: Things to Know About the Irish

Fancy myself a freelance writer so I joined various online writing communities that allow me to publish my jibber jabber.  Wizzley and HubPages are such communities.  In addition to these publishing platforms being great places to write and express yourself; they are equally fantastic places to read and learn about almost anything! For example, traveling around the world is only a dream for me; but the writers at these sites take me to all the wonderful places I'd like to go.  Some take me to magical historical places like Ireland.


Kells Priory, Kells, Ireland
Image credit: Kells Priory, Kells, Ireland : Photo by Richard Shaffer | flickr.com


Fellow freelance writers have written some very interesting articles about Ireland. Always knew there was way more to this land of enchantment than shamrocks and leprechauns. On hearing the music of Enya, one can not help but become curious about a mystical place that can produce that kind of awesome talent!! The thing is, she comes from a whole family of gifted musicians!! What is in the water over there???  :)

Sharing a few articles that are very informative, educational and enjoyable reading!

Beginning in the 1700, countless numbers of Irish people left their homeland and settled ...

  • Irish Slaves in the Caribbean and Americas
Indentured servants were shipped to the Caribbean from Ireland during the 1600's to... Archived copy retrieved via the Wayback Machine: http://wizzley.com/irish-slaves-in-the-caribbean-and-americas/


Examining what it means to have Irish blood, outlining where Irish DNA comes from and who are the closest genetic relatives of the Irish in Europe. Of interest to anyone with Irish ancestry who wants to understand their genealogy.



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04 September 2017

The Ultimate, Super-Helpful Guide to the Tense Situation in Ukraine (Historical Reference Point)

Every time situations disrupt around the globe, we are always glad that someone was keeping their finger on the pulse or someone exists with a sharp mind who can gather facts quickly and bring you up to date on matters that have been brewing for years.

In this instance, NYU student Susannah Griffee has presented for our education her Ukraine 101 quick study. Click link above.  Thank you Ms. Susannah.
  • The Ultimate, Super-Helpful Guide to the Tense Situation in Ukraine

Update Sep 2017: Replacement link:

Yuhas, Alan. “Ukraine Crisis: an Essential Guide to Everything That's Happened so Far.” The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 13 Apr. 2014, www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/11/ukraine-russia-crimea-sanctions-us-eu-guide-explainer.

Link to my understanding based on Ms. Griffee’s excellent synopsis.


Superpowers
Image credit: Wikimedia Commons
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*** NOTE: Previously posted at cmoneyspinner.wordpress.com, March 3, 2014. The following comments were left behind:


Jakob Gamertsfelder March 4, 2014 at 3:35 PM
We could look at the opposite of war for a different perspective. The common idea is that the world has only had some 26 days of peace since WWII, not sure how accurate that is. But it sounds about right.

We are not a peaceful breed. There is always violent conflict simmering along. The question then becomes what causes the larger flare-ups, the World Wars.

The personalities of a few men will determine if war happens. And given our history and given how “determined” world leaders have to be to get those jobs, then war is always on the cards.
I don’t think this will cause a World War, in the traditional sense I don’t think that’s possible anymore. We have wars that involve a lot of countries. Iraq and Serbia for examples. But we don’t think of them as world wars, maybe we should.

Reply:
  • cmoneyspinner March 4, 2014 at 4:58 PM
    Interesting you should make that point that “maybe we should”. When explaining conflict to my children so that they could get the sense of it I always tell them “Try to think of the country as your next door neighbor. Wouldn’t you much rather be at peace with the person who can easily walk right up to your front door and get in your face?” Of a truth, perhaps viewing it as a “world war” causes the disconnect and insensitivity. Maybe we should think of war or conflict as having a huge unnecessary violent fight with our next door neighbor which results in blood that need not have been shed.
    Thanks for visiting and leaving your remarks.





Research Guides: Crisis in Ukraine: What Happened and Why

This libguide provides up-to-date information, news, analysis, maps, and videos from multilingual sources on the Russian-Ukrainian crisis. Reasons for conflict through timelines, historical background, maps, and a variety of views...



Ukraine | World news | The Guardian

Russia's bridge link with Crimea moves nearer to completion...
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30 August 2017

#OlympicPeace : The Olympics is Proof of Peace in Diversity

Doves have come to be known as a recognized universal symbol for peace in many cultures.  




The releasing of doves was done first at the 1896 Olympics held in Athens, Greece


It was only fitting that the 100th Anniversary of this tradition be highlighted at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, GA, USA.  Atlanta, as most students of American history know, was the Confederate Center in Georgia where several engagements of the Civil War were fought.  But that was the 60s (1861-65).  


One decade, we’re fighting like cats and dogs with each other, hooping and hollering about secession; and just 30 years later we are off to Greece, and the United States, emphasis on the word “united” was representing!  


Because, in the end, all that we all really do want is … world peace. 



World Peace Through the Olympic Games Atlanta, c.1996
World Peace… Patricia Cajiga 22 in. x 34 in. Allposters.com
















24 August 2017

Are Protest Marches Effective?

Marching is a clearly defined collective act of the people! It's proof that in a free country you can do something to get your voices heard by the elected officials you are allowing to serve you, to do what needs to be done for the good of all the people. 

Or at least... get them to think about it. 

Also, sometimes if you write letters, they might get lost in the mail or never even delivered. It's kind of difficult to ignore a large mass of people all moving together coming at you. :)





19 August 2017

Americans Love Their Firsts (Republish to Remind and Refocus US)

We Americans love our “firsts”. When Obama was elected, it was said and is still being said and will continue to be said, he is “the first African-American” to hold the highest office in the land!! Toot! Toot!!!

What do you expect from US? We're still a baby country experiencing our “first steps” in many ways. When a baby takes his or her first steps doesn't everybody applaud the monumental achievement and encourage the little one to keep on going forward?? So let US blow our horn!





George Washington was, of course, our 1st POTUS.

Abraham Lincoln was our 1st Republican POTUS.
- Sadly he was also our 1st POTUS to be assassinated.

Andrew Johnson was the 1st POTUS to be impeached, but he was not removed from office (narrowly escaped).

Ulysses S. Grant was the 1st American since George Washington to hold the rank of full general.
- He was also the 1st to publish his “Personal Memoirs”.

Theodore Roosevelt was the 1st to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Franklin D. Roosevelt was the 1st (and only) POTUS to serve 3 terms.

John F. Kennedy was the 1st Roman Catholic ever elected as President.

Lyndon Johnson was the 1st to nominate an African-American (Thurgood Marshall) for the Supreme Court.

Richard Nixon was the 1st of our country's leaders to be impeached who had to go home!

Ronald Reagan was the 1st POTUS to appoint a woman (Sandra Day O'Connor) to the Supreme Court.
- By God's grace, he was also the first to survive an assassination attempt by John W. Hinckley, Jr.


So there you have just a few remarkable “first moments” in the history of the United States of America.



* (Just an aside trivia note: Ronald Reagan and Bob Marley share the same birth date, February 6th. Marley died in 1981, the same year as the failed attempt on Reagan's life.)


Image credit: Public domain.

* * More Interesting Trivia: * *
- In 1872, Victoria Woodhull was the first woman to run for President of the United States.
- 100 years late in 1972, Shirley Chisolm was the first black woman to run for President.


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Original Post, Feb 22, 2014 at TreasurePen


01 August 2017

Witchcraft and Witch Hunting : Past and Present

There was a dark period in the history of mankind when witch-hunting was the order of the day. It began with an official approval from Pope Innocent VII in 1484, and continued until around the 17th century, when it reached its climax in England, Scotland and America. 

But it’s the 2st century. We’re all much more civilized and intelligent than those people were back then. Aren’t we? Nobody is going to whip us up into frenzied mania and have us pointing a finger of accusation at someone, torturing a confession out of them, and still putting them to death for being a witch!




The past is in the past. Fortunately, my only exposure to witches and witchcraft was and is wearing a costume on Halloween or watching the Wizard of Oz. These days, most people like me limit themselves to adding collectibles like the reproductions pictured below of Glinda, the Good Witch of the North to their wish list; or sitting at home and watching The Wizard of Oz on DVD or Amazon Instant Video. Can you believe it has been 75 years? The movie was released in 1939. Listening to Judy Garland sing “Over the Rainbow” never gets old. Might be a good idea to plan an afternoon or evening watching the original movie classic; the Walt Disney prequel, Oz The Great and Powerful; and The Wiz, starring Diana Ross and the late Michael Jackson.


Saturday Afternoon at the Movies!
A Triple Feature! Starts at Noon. BYOP! (Bring Your Own Popcorn!)



The Wizard of Oz:75th Anniversary Edition


Oz The Great and Powerful(Mila Kunis; Rachel Weisz)


The Wiz:30th Anniversary


Amazon Best Sellers in Witch & Wizard Mysteries


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29 July 2017

Footsteps of Jesus? (And the Sea of Galilee)

Most people know that Nazareth is the hometown of Jesus.  Most Christians have read the account in the gospel of the moment in time when Jesus publicly announced that He was the Messiah.  (Luke 4: 21)



ARTICLE EXCERPT:  “Jesus grew up in Nazareth. He studied and prayed in a synagogue, the ruins of which are believed to lie beneath a church built by the Crusaders in the 12th Century and that is known as The Synagogue Church.”


No doubt a visit to this historic place is a numbered item on the bucket list for many believers.  For me, this wonderful article by a fellow freelance writer and friend, Sheri Oz, puts a wonderful spin on the phrase “footsteps of Jesus”.


Jesus’ Synagogue Church in Nazareth, Israel

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NOTE: Link previously shared in Jesus Christ Daily, a community on Google+.

Since we’re on the subject of seeing places where Jesus walked, couldn’t resist sharing this amazing photograph.






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