Friday, September 25, 2015

History: The Year is 1652

I've uploaded year 1652 to the TSP Wiki...

Here are some one liners...

Queen Kristina Converts to Catholicism -- The Queen of Sweden must abdicate her throne in order to convert! I talk about President Obama and accusations that he is a secret Muslim. I also talk about what would happen is a President converted to another religion.

The 'Latrine of New England' Places Limits on Slavery -- It is a first attempt for Rhode Island to place limits on slavery. It won't work.

Cape Town Is Founded -- With the labor shortage they must import slaves from Indonesia.

Queen Kristina Converts to Catholicism

Princess Kristina became the Queen of Sweden when her father, King Gustav the 2nd was killed in battle during the 30 Years' War. She has been quite precocious growing up. She soaks up knowledge like a sponge and she even talked the famous mathematician, Rene Descartes (DAY-kart), to travel to Sweden to teach her. (He introduced the Cartesian coordinate system.) But she has never been healthy and during an especially difficult illness she promises God that if she is healed she will convert to Catholicism. Well... she has been healed. She will have to abdicate the throne because Sweden will not tolerate a Catholic monarch. She doesn't mind giving up the throne, but she doesn't want to be thrown into poverty either so after two years of planning she will finally make her abdication speech. Her speech will be so moving that grown men will cry but she is not walking off of the world stage yet. Kristina will become one of the first modern "party girls". [1]
My Take by Alex Shrugged
President Barack Obama has suffered from accusations of being a secret Muslim. Candidate Donald Trump fielded a question from a supporter who called President Obama a Muslim. Candidate Ben Carson recently said, "I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation." OK. I get that, but what if a sitting President decided to convert to Islam, or Catholicism or Judaism? The religion of the President matters in terms of trust. The American people mostly understand Protestantism. They trust Catholicism less because of the power of the Pope to influence world events as we have seen during his recent visit to Washington DC (September 2015). The people would tolerate a Jewish President, but not a Muslim President because of the examples of Muslim violence in the Middle East. I'm told that the terrorists do not represent real Islam but when a guy points a gun at your chest and says he is a Muslim, you don't argue with him. In general I don't want a Muslim President until I see Islam showing a lot more restraint than they have so far and I don't expect to see it in my lifetime. [2] [3] [4] [5]

The 'Latrine of New England' Places Limits on Slavery

Well... Rhode Island has become the dumping ground for all of New England's undesirables. It is called the "latrine of New England". It is still getting organized and the Rhode Island legislature passes a law limiting slavery to 10 years maximum so that blacks and Indians fall in line with the ways of Englishmen. (They mean being treated like English indentured servants.) The punishment for non-compliance is a fine of 40 pounds which is a considerable amount of money. Apparently they can only enforce the law in Providence. Other Rhode Island towns refuse to comply. The legislature will try again in a few years to limit slavery, but that won't work either. Puritans don't particularly like slavery, but it is a part of life during these times, so they roll with it. [6] [7] [8] [9]
My Take by Alex Shrugged
Roger Williams was the original founder of Providence, Rhode Island. He didn't like the idea of slavery but during the Indian wars, male Indian prisoners-of-war could not be trusted and they didn't have prisons to put them in so they were often sold into slavery to faraway places like Barbados. Roger Williams actually bought an Indian boy as a slave, but my sense in reading his account is that he was saving the boy. I don't know if the Indian boy was a Christian, but it was common to limit slavery to a fixed term if the slave agreed to convert. A good example of this is in the novel, Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe, when Crusoe and his Muslim servant are rescued at sea. The Captain offers Caruso free passage but the Captain wants to buy the Muslim boy as a slave. Crusoe is reluctant, so the Captain agrees to keep the boy for 10 years as a servant if he converts to Christianity. The boy agrees and he is sold to the Captain. [10] [11]

Cape Town Is Founded

The Dutch administrator, Jan Van Riebeeck, sails three ships to the Cape of Good Hope and establishes Cape Town. The problem he is trying to solve is the large number of deaths at sea on Dutch East India Company ships due to malnutrition. He is commissioned to plant food crops and establish a fort. A number of his almond trees will survive into the modern day. He is also credited with the first documented observation of a comet in the southern hemisphere. [12] [13]
My Take by Alex Shrugged
What I found interesting (other than it was the founding of Cape Town) is that they started off with a severe labor shortage so they had to import slaves into African from Indonesia. What a world.

This Year on Wikipedia

Year 1652, Wikipedia.

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