Month: April 2015

18th-Century California: An Unhealed Wound

Carte de la Californie: suivant I. la Carte manuscrite de l’Amérique de Mathieu Néron Pecci olen dresses à Florence en 1604, II. Sanson 1656, III. De l’Isle Amérique Sept. 1700, IV. le Pere Kino Jesuite en 1705, V. la Société des Jésuites en 1767 (1770)
By Didier Robert de Vaugondy (1723-1786)
Library of Congress Geography and Map Division

With the recent American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) conference held in California, we here at ABOPublic discovered recent news regarding eighteenth-century California. Research led me to learn that Pope Francis announced on 15 January 2015 that he plans to canonize Junipero Serra(1713-1784). Serra was a Spanish Franciscan priest responsible for the conversion of approximately…

Colonial Williamsburg: May the Future Learn From the Past

“During Colonial Williamsburg’s evening program, “Cry Witch,” guests are invited to question the witnesses, weigh the evidence and determine the guilt or innocence of Grace Sherwood, “the Virginia Witch.” Image and caption via

If you’re looking for neat know-how of Colonial America, look no further than Colonial Williamsburg, located in Williamsburg, Virginia. If you’re a history buff looking for both an educational and entertaining historical experience, visiting Colonial Williamsburg is a great option. You can visit the local silversmith to learn how furnishings and such were made in the eighteenth century…