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The 17th Century That Was -- The highlights of the past century.
A Mega-Quake Hits the Pacific Northwest -- The largest recorded quake in North American history... so far.
The 17th Century That Was
- * The 30 Year's War caused people to rethink the rules of war.
- * Guy Fawkes tried to blow up Parliament... and failed.
- * England became a republic but Oliver Cromwell couldn't make it work.
- * Political parties were formed.
- * Silver prices plummeted.
- * Kikkoman Soy Sauce was created.
- * Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand were discovered.
- * Pocahontas roped a gullible public into believing that she was a princess.
- * Checking accounts came to the Netherlands, and Massachusetts printed it's own paper money.
- * Witches floated... and so did witch hunters.
- * The moons of Jupiter, the rings of Saturn and gravity were discovered. (Yes. It involved an apple.)
- * King James published the Bible but the printer forgot the "not" in "Thou shalt NOT commit adultery."
- * Virginia tobacco became the drug of choice for England, and the African slave became the laborer of choice for Virginia.
- * The Pilgrims came to New Plymouth but there was no rock. They waded in.
- * The First Indian War resulted in a lot fewer Indians, so the Indians started suing. They haven't stopped yet.
- * Halley created the first weather map. Sun spots disappeared, England froze solid and the sweet potato saved the Chinese as the worst weather in 500 years hit.
- * The Dutch bought Manhattan for a song and then handed it to the English.
- * Christmas was banned. The Quakers ran wild. The Salem Witch Trials resulted in fewer witches.
- * Mining became a BLAST!
- * The chimney tax, the window tax, and the tax on beards.
- * The first modern police force, the first fire hose and Niagara Falls was discovered... again.
- * Yellow Fever hit the New World.
- * The Black Death hit London so Issac Newton went home and got to work proving... everything.
A Mega-Quake Hits the Pacific NorthwestThe region is called Cascadia named after a range of volcanoes called the Cascades. In modern days, the area covers the coastlines of Oregon, Washington and most of Vancouver Island. At approximately 9 p.m. on January 26th, the largest known earthquake of the North American continent strikes. Suddenly, 700 miles of the coastline drops and moves westward 60 feet. It's a 9.0 earthquake and the shaking goes on and on and on. It's "The Big One". This sudden move pushes an enormous amount of water aside and creates a fast-moving wall of water called a tsunami. The water pushes inland and drowns helpless Indians living along the coast and the salt water kills the trees. The tsunami also heads toward Japan where, 10 hours later, it flattens houses. When it is all over, 25,000 people are dead.    
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