While there are revisionist historians who awkwardly perform intellectual somersaults and contortions to construct fictional narratives about our nation's history, insisting that its foundations are wholly secular, the plain fact is that the United States of America was—without question, debate, or doubt—established as a "nation under God." A clear sense of Biblical ethics infused every aspect … [Read more...] about George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1789
This isn't an article about Adam Fletcher. And it isn't even an article about Colonial Beaufort, or even Colonial America. This is about something that goes back even earlier... Recently, more than one television documentary has offered viewing audiences one spin after another about one of America’s favorite historical mysteries–the Lost Colony. Through my work with Coastal Carolina Indian … [Read more...] about What is the truth about the Lost Colony? – New insight into America’s oldest “mystery”
Before I ever started working on The Smuggler's Gambit, I had done a lot of studying about not only smuggling in the colonial era, but what prompted otherwise law-abiding men to do it. It happened in all sorts of ways and by men you might otherwise not expect. In May 1764, the month following the passage of the Sugar Act, Samuel Adams said this: “For if our Trade may be taxed why not our … [Read more...] about Smuggling in Colonial America: What drove good men to do it?
In The Smuggler's Gambit, one of the characters is revealed to have a past connection to one of the most famous pirates who ever lived, Blackbeard. Growing up in eastern North Carolina, I heard all kinds of Blackbeard stories growing up. He had a close connection to the families in our coastal region, so it seemed only natural that I'd incorporate some of the lesser-known history about him into my … [Read more...] about Five things you DIDN’T know about Blackbeard
Salutary Neglect was a term that referred to an unofficial policy practiced by English authorities wherein they would turn a blind eye to various violations in the American colonies—especially relating to trade. Why would they enact legislation that created certain trade restrictions or tariffs and then not enforce it? Because they knew that people do more business when there aren't a whole … [Read more...] about What was Salutary Neglect and why did things get bad when it ended?
Charles Townshend, the man for whom the Townshend Acts of 1767 are named, was someone who liked to stir the proverbial pot. But don't take my word for it. "Townshend ingeniously sought to take money from Americans by means of parliamentary taxation and to employ it against their liberties by making colonial governors and judges independent of the assemblies." — Historian John C. Miller "If … [Read more...] about The Townshend Acts (1767) – Townshend’s efforts to “stir the pot” worked, but he died before his laws went into effect