Category: Phoebe

Mountain Meadows Massacre

On September 11th, 1857, a group of migrants travelling from Arkansas to their new home in California, were massacred in a valley in Utah known as Mountain Meadows, ostensibly by a group of Paiute Indians following a siege lasting several days. The Baker-Fancher group totalled around 140 members of an extended family or families. Quite […]

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Cats within History

Through history animals have featured quite heavily for a variety of reasons. From the domestication of livestock circa 15,000 years ago towards the end of the last glacial period, when the nomadic hunter-gatherer tribes settled to become sedentary agriculturalists, to the varied domestic pets we know and love today. I felt that a study of […]

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Dick Turpin – Stand and Deliver

On the 7th April 1739, notorious highwayman Richard Turpin was hanged for his crimes, most notably horse, cattle and sheep stealing, robbery with violence, and murder at the Knavesmire in York. Turpin was documented to have been born in the Blue Bell Inn, Hempstead, the son of John Turpin who has been accredited with trades […]

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War breaks out in American colonies

In 1774, following the infamous Boston Tea Party the previous December, when residents had dumped a cargo of imported tea into the Harbour at Boston, Massachusetts, the British governor to the state had been ordered, using amendments to the Massachusetts Colonial Government Charter, to disband the locally elected councils in favour of members appointed by […]

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