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Discovering America Podcast
53 minutes | 3 months ago
140-Colonization of Rhode Island part six
The New England colonies are visited by the commissioners of England to sort things out; finally there will be peace among the colonies, in your dreams. Even after they left the in-fighting continued.
14 minutes | 5 months ago
139-John F. Kennedy speech on July 4,1962
To celebrate this great holiday, I read a great speech, one by Pres. John F. Kennedy on July 4, 1962 at Independence Hall. Please listen to the words, hear what was important back then and maybe compare to what is happening today.
50 minutes | 7 months ago
138-A reading of the 1663 Rhode Island Charter
I read the Rhode Island charter of 1663 for your enjoyment and enlightenment.
50 minutes | 8 months ago
137-Colonization of Rhode Island part five
The Rhode Island’s government had to stand its ground against the on slot of those who tried to take away its territory. What finally arrives is the charter of 1663; I think we made it, well sort of.
3 minutes | 8 months ago
Time on your hands? Listen to a podcast. Above all stay safe during these unsettling times.
24 minutes | a year ago
135-A Christmas Story by Richard Armour
I read a Christmas story entitled, “the Year Santa Went Modern,” written by Richard Armour. May you have a great time during the holidays with family and friends and may the New Year fulfill everything good you envision.
6 minutes | a year ago
134-Letter by Sir Henry Vane-1653
A letter written by Sir Henry Vane sent to Roger Williams wondering why the people of the Plantations and Aquidneck could not see their way through their differences and become a union of one government.
8 minutes | a year ago
133-a colonial document written in Dec 1647
The colonial settlers and leaders were trying to set a government through their own general assemblies far away from the mother country of England, a representative type from the local communities of freeman and landholders. This is one of those documents that describe their intent and a favor of their time.
42 minutes | a year ago
132-Colonization of Rhode Island part four
You would think that the charter of 1644, the plantations and Rhode Island had all they needed to move forward but, that was not the case. The Bay (or Massachusetts) or Plymouth felt that their jurisdiction covered more of the Narragansett Bay. Then the charter of 1647 comes along, now we have clarity but, wait there’s more, claims still persist and throw in William Coddington, who would be king and the mess continues. There were those in the Plantations that didn’t believe in magistrates to keep law and order. What will they do?
43 minutes | a year ago
131-Colonization of Rhode Island part three
Unlike Massachusetts, Rhode Island and the plantations just did not have a firm foundation of government, which gave Massachusetts reasons to find ways to incorporate those lands under their jurisdiction. It also didn’t help that people like Samuel Gorton had beliefs that didn’t quite match up with those Puritans in Boston and sometimes even upset Roger Williams. The Gortonists purchased land from the Indians far away from everybody else in hopes that they would be left alone but, Massachusetts had other ideas and then the process and treatment against this religious group is disturbing.
45 minutes | a year ago
130-Colonization of Rhode Island part two
The separation of Williams’ plantations settlements and Coddington’s Rhode Island settlements from that of the more pronounced settlements of Massachusetts and Plymouth was having its toll. There were those in Williams’ camp that wanted the safety and governmental arm that Massachusetts could furnish. Williams sailed off to England with the intent to receive a charter bring the colonies together under one roof. He arrived only to find England in turmoil. He was a man of means, with charter in hand he sailed home.
39 minutes | 2 years ago
129-Colonization of Rhode Island
The other English colonies didn’t like the opinions or the teachings of Roger Williams and it was decided he must go. He headed off to plant a colony away from the rest of society although, many found his presents more favorable and made their way to his new land called Providence.
11 minutes | 2 years ago
128-A Letter Home from Richard Ffrethorne
A letter sent home from a young indentured servant expressing his situation and begging for money so he could come back home.
48 minutes | 2 years ago
127-Maryland Colonization part four
The final parts describing Maryland really comes down to a few major items, the succession of the Calverts through the years. The conflicts between government and citizens, starting in Virginia, Bacon’s rebellion, an action that could have spilled over into Maryland’s own governmental uneasiness, and throw in the wars in Europe that added to the contention against Cecilius Calvert’s (second Lord Baltimore) religion.
40 minutes | 2 years ago
126-Maryland Colonization part three
Lord Baltimore had control of Maryland but, this was short lived. The disputes in Europe lead some to take advantage of the New World’s venerability. It didn’t help matters with the execution of Charles I. Claiborne and this time with the assistance of Richard Ingle put the strong arm upon Maryland. Once Oliver Cromwell became the Lord Protector in England, matters about the validity of Baltimore’s charter was finally laid to rest. Maryland was now its own province.
38 minutes | 2 years ago
125-Maryland Colonization part two
William Claiborne sailed over from England in 1621, became secretary of the province and was later appointed treasurer of Virginia for life. He created a trading post on Kent Island, a convenient place for trading with the Indians, far up the Chesapeake Bay. In 1634 new settlers landed in this area and created a new province naming it Maryland. This group had a charter authorized by the King, taking away land that was considered part of Virginia and this would include Kent Island. So starts the mud flinging between Claiborne and Lord Baltimore.
47 minutes | 2 years ago
King James I was gracious enough to grant Lord Baltimore or George Calvert a stretch of land at the South Eastern promontory in Newfoundland a region that was known as Ferryland. It was great in the beginning but, a little on the cold side for his likely. He asked the new king, Charles, for a territory located in a warmer climate. The suggested area was Carolina but, in steps William Claiborne who already had his eye on this land. Next was the land area North of Jamestown, it was ripe for the settling. Yes, it was part of Virginia, not anymore, it would become Maryland. The worst part, this transferred control of the Indian trade and control of the great waterways connected to the great bay known as the Chesapeake to Lord Baltimore and his difference of religion. The Virginians are not going to be happy with this situation.
46 minutes | 2 years ago
123-Jamestown part three
It seems tough times for Jamestown and Virginia were behind them, not quite. King James annuls the Virginia Company’s charter and then he passes away. The new King, Charles allows them to continue as they were, basically governing themselves in exchange for control of the tobacco trade, sure fair enough.
6 minutes | 2 years ago
Thanksgiving Message 2018
Happy thanksgiving, may you enjoy the day with friends and family.
40 minutes | 2 years ago
122-Jamestown part two
Jamestown and Virginia were having a hard time keeping colonists alive. Jamestown was not located in a prime location. Sanitation and unfit drinking water lead to disease and grave sickness. Yet new colonists continued to pour into the settlements. These new arrivals were not the best sort that England could provide. The streets of England had fewer criminals, Virginia and Jamestown was their new home.
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