Antoine Lavoisier, French Gunpowder Wizard for the American Cause in the Revolutionary War.

For decades England’s draconian control of American imports and exports demanded that the colonists deal only with British and Scottish agents. Americans had to sell colonial goods to these agents who took a nice cut prior to distribution. The British government also kept a tidy sum. In turn, colonialists had to buy all their necessities …

Cordwainers & Cobblers, Shoemakers in Colonial America

          “The cobbler aproned and the parson gowned, The friar hooded, and the monarch crowned. Or cobbler-like, the parson will be drunk; Worth makes the man, and want of it the fellow. The rest is all but leather or prunella.”                                                 Pope, Essay on Man The word shoe is derived form the …

1776 American Revolutionary War Forts & Defenses Constructed In & Around New York City.

It is the summer of 1775. Hostilities have erupted between England and her colonies in America. Among a host of concerns and preparations by New York City’s patriots and Provincial Congress is the defense of Manhattan and the surrounding region. On June 26th, 1775, the New York Provincial Congress met as a body for the …