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By Owen J. Hurd

ISBN-10: 0399537538

ISBN-13: 9780399537530

Provides attention-grabbing anecdotes of well-known americans, together with Paul Revere, Richard Nixon and Eliot Ness.

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As chief justice of the court in charge of these trials, Hathorne took on the role of chief judge and prosecutor, berating defendants and passing harsh sentences despite flimsy evidence. His grandson Nathaniel Hawthorne (some say he added the W to distinguish himself from his repulsive ancestor) of course wrote several short stories and a novel, The Scarlet Letter, denigrating the puritanical excesses of earlier generations. Ironically, one of the real-life sources for the story of Hester Prynne may have come from a court case heard by Samuel Sewall in 1721.

It’s surprising that Prickett and Bylot, fresh off the disastrous journey, reenlisted on the Discovery, which returned to Hudson Bay in 1612, once again spending the winter there. They found no traces of Hudson or the Northwest Passage and returned to England in 1613, but not before losing five men in yet another struggle with the Inuit. After two subsequent expeditions aboard the Discovery (captained no less by Robert Bylot), English explorer William Baffin finally determined in 1616 that if there was a Northwest Passage it would not be found in Hudson Bay.

On horseback, Columbus’s army had a distinct advantage over the Tainos. ” European domestication of animals presented yet another threat to the Tainos, one that was less obvious but far more lethal. Having long interacted with farm animals like pigs, sheep, cows, and poultry, Europeans built up immunities to diseases like smallpox and the plague. With absolutely no previous exposure to these diseases, indigenous Americans had no immunities whatsoever. The results were devastating. Between the wars, the slave trade, and disease, the native population on Hispaniola plummeted from a million in 1496 to 200 in 1542.

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