17th Century

The Gunpowder Plot

The Gunpowder Plot

The Gunpowder Plot, the attempt by thirteen young men to blow up the Houses of Parliament, is remembered and commemorated each November 5th.  Guy Fawkes was the most famous of the group, but perhaps only because he was the one caught.  A different man was the actual ringleader. But what led these young men to attempt such a dramatic act ...

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The Massachusetts Bay Colony

Massachusetts Bay Colony

Frustrations with the way King Charles was ruling in England in the 1600s paired with religious oppression against non-traditional groups led a spirited collection of people to flee the country and head across the Atlantic to the fledgling North American colonies. Had they stayed in their native England, they might have faced significant financial losses or even imprisonment. Instead, they ...

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The Great Fire of London

The Great Fire of London - 1666

On the evening of September 2, 1666, a fire started in the bakery of Thomas Farriner which was located on Pudding Lane near London Bridge. It was the start of a major disaster which, over the next few days, would go on to consume 430 acres, encompassing over 13,000 homes and over 80 churches, including St. Paul’s Cathedral, a total of 80% ...

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