The Doors of History…

Wow! How many posts was that? Not counting posts unrelated to history, I think that’s about 28? 32? No! 36!  This is my last post on this site, but I will continue posting on a different blog.  I’ll let you know when that’s up and running!   In this post I finish up with what I learned throughout my history posts.  (I will be creating one more small post with a timeline of events that occurred.)

So, what DID I learn?

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Go to Australia TODAY!

Welcome! How would you like to take a vacation to Australia with “no expenses”?  (I would love to have a  ” no expenses”  trip but that’s not quite how the world works:)  Would you take this offer?  Here are some fun things about Australia that I think you would like!

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The Battle of Jumonville Glen

In the 18th Century, the French settlers who lived in modern-day Canada shared borders with the English colonists.  This sometimes created friction because the borders were unclear.  The French took this seriously and created forts to state where their borders where. During this time, an English squadron was sent ahead to build a road so that troops, artillery and supplies could get to a British fort.  Lt. Col. George Washington (who was 21 at the time) was their leader!

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The Acts of Union

(The Union Jack wasn’t actually adopted to Great Britain until New Years Day in 1801)

Parliament and Queen Anne, a daughter of James II who became Queen in 1702,  helped to unify Scotland and England.  There had been three previous attempts to unify them back in 1606, 1667, and 1689 but each time one or the other country discouraged this idea.  So, with the help of the monarchy, the two countries found they both had some good reasons to unify and they would resolve their problems and work out differences as a whole country.  Here are two reasons why they unified.

Scotland wanted to gain access to colonial markets in New England after their colony on the isthmus of Panama – the Colony of Caledonia – failed very badly.

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England decided that if the rulers stayed the same – because Scotland was faithfully Protestant and England was Anglican –  they could prevent any religious civil wars with each other.

But this new country needed a new name – a good name, a strong name – and they decided on Great Britain.  The countries were unified in 1706 and 1707, after years of being separate and not always being kind to each other. They got over their differences and become one unified country.

Quinn Palmer

RPC Student