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The 1689 Boston revolt was a popular uprising against the rule of Sir
Edmund Andros (pictured), governor of the Dominion of New England that
followed the Glorious Revolution deposing James II of England, who had
appointed Andros. During the revolt, on April 18, 1689, a
well-organized body of Puritan citizens and militiamen entered the
dominion capital of Boston and arrested officials of the dominion, a
colonial entity composed of present-day Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont,
Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey. The
rebellion was inspired by actions taken by Andros and dominion
administrators, including promoting the Church of England, invalidating
land titles, and famously attempting to seize the colonial charter of
Connecticut. Andros had attempted to suppress news of the fall of James
II, hoping to prevent even greater instability in the months before the
revolt, but his efforts were in vain, and that news served as the
immediate cause of the revolt. (more...)
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Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. The art of public speaking, especially in a formal, expressive, or
2. Eloquence; the quality of artistry and persuasiveness in speech or
Wikiquote quote of the day:
To each his suff'rings: all are men,
Condemn'd alike to groan,
The tender for another's pain;
unfeeling for his own.
Yet ah! why should they know their fate?
Since sorrow never comes
And happiness too swiftly flies.
Thought would destroy their
No more; where ignorance is bliss,
'Tis folly to be wise.
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