18th Century

20 October 1720 – The End of the Road for Captain Jack

The Skull and Crossed Cutlasses

‘Calico Jack’ Rackham, Anne Bonny and Mary Read are Captured. On the night of 20 October 1720, Captain Jack Rackham, known as Calico Jack was probably feeling pretty pleased with himself. For a few weeks, he had been pirating around the coast of Jamaica and was meeting little resistance. No-one it seemed was safe from Calico Jack and his crew, ...

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9 September 1739 – Slaves Make a Bid for Freedom

The Stono Rebellion

The Stono Rebellion is the biggest revolt of its kind in British North America Twenty miles south-west of Charleston in South Carolina, near the Stono River, in the early hours of 9 September 1739, over twenty men gathered in a field. All of the men were slaves. Their leader was known as Jemmy, and was known among his contemporaries as ...

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Discovery of Hawaii

Discovery of Hawaii

The Hawaiian Islands had been discovered many hundreds of years before the English explorer James Cook landed on what he called the Sandwich Islands.  Polynesian seafarers from the Marquesas Islands in French Polynesia came to Hawaii in around 400 A.D.  They navigated there by studying wave patterns and currents, and utilizing astronomy. However, Captain James Cook was the European settler ...

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