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Slavery & Abolition Sites – Bristol England

Slavery & Abolition Sites – Bristol England

In the 1730s Moroccan and Algerian pirates were causing problems with raids on shipping – in 1734, 4 ships were taken which seem to have been hostaged by the government, though action against the pirates seems not to have been taken.  The British ships seem to have been small – probably less than 10 crew. … Continue reading

German Time Keeping

German Time Keeping

Longfellow wrote his epic poem ‘Hyperion’ in 1839, of his travels thought Germany after the death of his wife. He described several of the great clocks of  Germany. Here he writes of  midnight bells tollling in Heidelberg: “In conversation like this, the hours glided away, till at length, from the Giant’s Tours, the castle clock … Continue reading