Thursday, April 9, 2015

History: The Year is 1553

I've uploaded year 1553 to the TSP Wiki...

Here are some one liners...

Queen for a Day... Actually 9 Days -- A totally unwilling 16 year old girl is forced to be the Queen of England for 9 days. She abdicates as quickly as possible and is eventually beheaded for the simple reason that you can't have an extra Queen around to become the focus of rebellion.

All the Gold That You Can Drink -- The Governor of Chile has misunderestimated the resistance he would meet from the Indians in Chile. He will pay for that error with his life.

Queen for a Day... Actually 9 Days

Young King Edward the 6th is dying. It's probably tuberculosis though many will suspect the King's regent, Duke John Dudley, poisoned him. John is not well-loved and he knows it. If the King's half-sister, Mary, takes the throne, he's history, so to speak. Mary is also Catholic so it is feared that she will overturn the religious reforms to date. John arranges for Lady Jane Grey to marry his own son and then talks King Edward and the royal council into naming Lady Jane as the King's successor. When the King passes away later this year, Lady Jane will take the throne... for nine days. There is an uproar. The Mayor of London refuses to recognize the new Queen and Mary organizes a small army to take her rightful place on the throne. Shortly thereafter, Queen Jane abdicates, and the new Queen Mary the 1st will have her beheaded next year. Duke John is going by-bye right now. [1] [2] [3]
My Take by Alex Shrugged
In the past we have seen the most improbable lines of succession work if the king or queen is strong enough politically or in personality. That was not happening with Lady Jane. She was a last minute substitution and an obvious puppet of Duke John Dudley. The Duke's fears were realized. Not only did Queen Mary the 1st have the Duke's head removed (and no love lost there) but she exacted retribution on the Protestants. She earned the nickname, "Bloody Mary" due to the hundreds of Protestants she had executed. The cocktail of the same name was NOT named after her. If it was named after anyone (and there is very little supporting data) it was named after the movie star, Mary Pickford, in the 1920s or 1930s. [4] [5]

All the Gold That You Can Drink

Governor of Chile, Pedro de Valdivia (val-deh-VEE-ah) has been conquering what is the northern part of Chile and Argentina all the way to the Bío-Bío River. Then he hit a brick wall called the Mapuche (mah-POO-cheh) Indians. Years ago the Spaniards had come south and mowed them down without much of a problem, but they have learned their lesson. The Governor's young page named Lautaro is a Mapuche Indian who learned Spanish and studied the tactics of the Spaniards. A couple of years ago, he slipped away to organize his fellow Indians to oppose the Spaniards. As the Governor makes his way to the new town of Tucapel he notices that his progress is too easy. He sends out scouts who do not return and when he reaches Tucapel he finds a smoking ruin. His troops make a stand as wave after wave of Indians attack. Exactly how Governor Pedro de Valdivia dies is in dispute, but one account suggests that during the victory party, the Mapuche offered him all the gold that he could drink, and poured a bucket of molten gold down his throat. The Mapuche will not be reigned in until the 1800s and will remain an occasional disruptive force into the modern day. [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]
My Take by Alex Shrugged
Although there was not a lot of gold, the agricultural potential in Chile and Argentina was remarkable, but it would have taken a lot of careful planning and work to exploit them. The Conquistadors were not farmers nor ranchers. They were soldiers and generally low-level aristocrats called hidalgos (hih-DAHL-goze). These landless nobles were forever trying to improve their position, as quickly as possible. No one likes to be conquered but the Spaniards could have shown the Indians how to plant crops that were salable in Europe, taken a percentage off the top and be done with it. But the only way the Spaniards had known was to demand things and the serfs would produce what was needed. As oppressive as that system sounds, it had worked for them for hundreds of years. Unfortunately, the Indians didn't know that system so they had to be taught. It was a slow and angry process that was not entirely successful. [11]

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Year 1553, Wikipedia.

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