Have Child, Will Travel: Granada

One of the nice things about having a partner in academia is the opportunity for travel. Conference organisers are smart and tend to locate their events in cities people actually want to go to. Which is fantastic for us hangers on! Before the Little Anglophile came along, I got to spend just under a week in Amsterdam while the hubs was off getting even smarter. … Continue reading Have Child, Will Travel: Granada

New Albion

Well, if you’re going to take a break you might as well make it worthwhile. On 17 June 1579, Francis Drake paused in his circumnavigation of the globe to plant a flag on the western coast of North America (probably somewhere in modern-day Northern California) and name it New Albion. New Albion joined Drake’s claims at the tip of South America and Martin Frobisher’s claims … Continue reading New Albion

The War of Jenkins’ Ear

If you’re going to have a war, you may as well name it something interesting and memorable, right? On October 23, 1739, the awesomely named War of Jenkins’ Ear began when Britain declared war on Spain, despite Prime Minister Robert Walpole’s reservations. The unusual name wasn’t made official until more than 100 years after the conflict. It refers to an incident in 1731, when the … Continue reading The War of Jenkins’ Ear

Old Friends

On June 13, 1373 the Anglo-Portuguese treaty was signed by King Edward III of England and King Ferdinand and Queen Eleanor of Portugal, establishing a treaty of “perpetual friendships, unions, [and] alliances” between the two countries. The treaty, which became the Anglo-Portuguese Alliance thirteen years later with the Treaty of Windsor, is still in effect and is thought to be the oldest treaty in the … Continue reading Old Friends