Here are some one liners...
A Pirate 'Honor System' is Established -- Strangely they swear on the Bible... like honest pirates. I talk about Thomas Jefferson's fight against the Barbary pirates and modern piracy.
Thomas Twining Opens a Tea Room -- Most Brits drink coffee but when Twining opens a tea room, tea drinking really takes off! I also talk about taxation and economics.
The First American, Benjamin Franklin, is Born -- I talk about his mother's connection to Folgers Coffee, and how an apprentice was akin to a slave in those days.
A Pirate 'Honor System' is EstablishedThe Pirates of the Caribbean have established an informal republic on the Island of New Providence in what is the modern day city of Nassau in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. The law they follow is a written code of conduct signed by each member of the crew with a solemn oath taken on the Bible, or an axe if a Bible is not available. (The axe is a Roman symbol representing the king's authority to execute a law-breaker.) The code varies from ship-to-ship but in general a new pirate is agreeing to the following:  
- * All weapons are to be clean and in working order.
- * No gambling for money on-board is allowed.
- * Lights out at 8 PM.
- * Drinking after 8 PM only on the open deck. (We got standards here!)
- * No smuggling of women or young boys on board. (This is the "Did you bring enough for EVERYONE?" rule.).
- * No fighting on-board. Take it to the beach or finish it in a proper duel.
- * Workers compensation is paid for crippling or loss of limb.
- * No one quits until each man builds his shares to 1,000 pounds sterling.
Thomas Twining Opens a Tea RoomThomas Twining buys Tom's Coffeehouse and along with the coffee, he serves an infusion of what Queen Anne calls "tay". It is the Chinese herb that we call tea in the modern day. Soon, Thomas will be selling dry tea as well as a good steaming cup despite the high taxes imposed on dry tea. Queen Anne LOVES it, and she will soon become associated with tea drinking. Currently there are thousands of coffeehouses but only a bare handful of tea rooms, but that is all going to change. Twining's tea room will exist into the modern day, but the dried tea company will be bought out by Associated British Foods in 1964.    
The First American, Benjamin Franklin, is BornBenjamin Franklin is born on January 17th, 1706 by the Gregorian calendar although the Boston city registrar is using the Julian calendar to log the date. And since the Gregorian calendar moves the New Year from March 25th to January 1st, a lot of dates shift around wildly in translation. The birth dates of the America's Founding Fathers is a case in point, but however you calculate the date, Benjamin Franklin is the first of those Founding Fathers to be born. He will fight so hard to turn the British colonies into the United States of America that he is often called "The First American" but for now he is a baby born to his father Josiah Franklin and his mother, Abiah Folger. In time, Benjamin Franklin will be given over as an apprentice printer to James Franklin, Benjamin's older brother. An apprentice is somewhat like an indentured servant. The word "apprentice" comes from the Latin root meaning "to seize". See "apprehend."  
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