Jersey Pride

Since it’s my home state, I feel somewhat obligated to give this particular nod: on March 12, 1664 was officially declared an English colony, after being taken from the Dutch. In its earliest days, the area was settled by the Dutch and Swedish and duly called New Netherland and New Sweden. The Dutch concentrated their settlements in the north, and in 1661 Peter Stuyvesant granted … Continue reading Jersey Pride

Celebrate Hyperbole!

On March 5, 1770, the hyperbolically named Boston Massacre took place when British soldiers fired on a mob that had gathered to, essentially, talk smack to one of the soldiers stationed outside the Custom House. Five people died, and eleven were injured. To be fair, the colonists should take the lion’s share of the blame for what happened. It all started when a wigmaker’s apprentice … Continue reading Celebrate Hyperbole!

Which Witch?

In a small and fairly unremarkable town in the colony of Massachusetts, three women, Sarah Good, Sarah Osborne, and Tituba were brought before local magistrates to answer charges of witchcraft on March 1, 1692. We know the town pretty well now—it’s called Salem, and 319 years ago today, their famous witch trials officially kicked off. Most of us know the basic story: a group of … Continue reading Which Witch?