Here are some one liners...
Lloyd's Coffee Shop Has You Covered! -- Lloyd's of London began as a coffee shop where business deals were made. Later it became an insurance underwriter because Edward Lloyd kept his ears open. I talk about insurance.
Germantown Gives the Boot to Bondage -- They write a simple letter that becomes the first white objection to black slavery in North America. I talk about liberty and how one need not be a scholar to understand it.
King Billy and the Glorious Revolution -- King James the 2nd is Catholic in Anglican England. He can no longer rule so Prince William the 3rd of Orange invades. King James escapes to France.
Lloyd's Coffee Shop Has You Covered!One thinks of ship captains and sailors visiting the local pub for some ale, but when talking business they meet in a coffee shop. Edward Lloyd has just opened a coffee shop and it is a place where business gets done. It is also a place where insurance for shipments (especially slave shipments) is negotiated. Edward is not just serving coffee. He is writing down what he learns and sharing it with his customers. Over time, Mr. Lloyd will offer advice on which ships have the most competent captains and crews and thus how likely a shipment will get to its destination on any particular carrier. This is the beginning of the famous insurance underwriter, Lloyd's of London. They will move to Lombard Street in 1691 and in 1774 they will move to the Royal (Stock) Exchange as The Society of Lloyd's. Sometime thereafter they will attain a Royal monopoly on maritime insurance. Most of Lloyd's of London's early history will be shrouded in mystery after a fire breaks out and destroys all of their early records.    
Germantown Gives the Boot to BondageSeveral prominent citizens of Germantown, Pennsylvania compose a two page letter protesting slavery. It is deceptively simple and concise. It begins by reminding their fellows of their own fears of slavery (what is called "White Slavery" in the modern day): "How fearful and faint-hearted are many at sea, when they see a strange vessel, being afraid it should be a Turk, and they should be taken, and sold for slaves into Turkey." They take their personal fear of being taken into slavery and use that feeling to extend compassion to the black slave. They remind their fellows that as Christians they should treat everyone well, regardless of age, common birth or color... buyer and bought alike. The people of Germantown are Quakers, Mennonites and at least one Lutheran who tends toward Quakerism. They have come to Pennsylvania for liberty of thought, so how can they deny a man the liberty of his body except when the man should commit a crime? They reject slavery and this letter constitutes the first objection by white people to slavery in the English colonies.   
King Billy and the Glorious RevolutionA son is born to King James the 2nd of England but the King is Catholic and England is Anglican despite any laws regarding tolerance of other religions. The King is bypassing the Parliament and the leaders of Parliament see no end to Catholic rule so they have written a letter to Prince William the 3rd of Orange (a PROTESTANT) and his wife, Mary the 2nd (the former heir apparent of King James and a PROTESTANT). Parliament offers them the throne of England by whatever means necessary... meaning militarily. An invasion force launches across the English Channel in November and lands at Torbay, but resistance is light. King James seems to have lost heart. Prince William leaves him an opening and the King escapes to France in December with the Queen and his son. The fight will drag on in Ireland and Scotland. The Irish and the Scots will call Prince William, "King Billy". By next year this war will be called "The Glorious Revolution" but for now, it seems that everyone is standing around wondering what will happen next.   
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