We’re taking a break from the founding of America and going to the French Revolution. This week is ripe with great links. We’re going to explore the relationship between the French Revolution and the Age of Enlightenment verses the American Revolutionary War and the First Great Awakening.
Our Memorize Me! Bible verse for this week is, “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not stray from it”. The verse is a wonderful reminder to be diligent in training our children.
Keep working on the Memorize Me! music with your children! Their vocabulary is going to sky rocket and they will be able to participate so much better in class!
Storming of the Bastille
For our Little Ones:
Louis XVI, his wife, Marie Antoinette, nobles, and the church did not pay taxes in France but made all of the decisions. Louis XVI spent French money to help the Colonists in the American Revolutionary War and lavishly on himself and the nobles. The French people, many whom were peasants, were becoming poorer and some were even starving. Eventually the peasants became so distraught that they stormed, or took over, the Bastille. The Bastille is a Medieval jail that also housed weapons. When King Louis XVI asked, “is this a rebellion” one of his advisors replied: “No, your Majesty, it is a revolution”.
George Washington Becomes First President of the United States
For Our Little Ones
Many Colonists wanted George Washington to be king of their new country. George Washington want to retire to his home, Mount Vernon in Virginia. He rejected the idea of a king and later reluctantly agreed to become the first president, with a four year and maximum eight year term. He did not want people to have had only one president that they could remember because he feared one person becoming so powerful that he would become a king.
For Our Little Ones
The HMS Bounty was a British merchant ship. It was sailing from England to Tahiti to pick up breadfruit saplings, starter plants of a type of food that would be fed to slaves. It was then to go to the West Indies where others would plant the saplings. Instead of going on to the West Indies, the sailors went against the captain and his officers and set them out in a life boat. The sailors later settled on Pitcairn Island. This was a big story in England at the time. It also shows how far
Three weeks into a journey from Tahiti to the West Indies, the HMS Bounty is seized in a mutiny led by Fletcher Christian, the master’s mate. Captain William Bligh and 18 of his loyal supporters were set adrift in a small, open boat, and the Bounty set course for Tubuai south of Tahiti.
In December 1787, the Bounty left England for Tahiti in the South Pacific, where it was to collect a cargo of breadfruit saplings to transport to the West Indies. There, the breadfruit would serve as food for slaves. After a 10-month journey, the Bounty arrived in Tahiti in October 1788 and remained there for more than five months. On Tahiti, the crew enjoyed an idyllic life, reveling in the comfortable climate, lush surroundings, and the famous hospitality of the Tahitians. Fletcher Christian fell in love with a Tahitian woman named Mauatua.
On April 4, 1789, the Bounty departed Tahiti with its store of breadfruit saplings. On April 28, near the island of Tonga, Christian and 25 petty officers and seamen seized the ship. Bligh, who eventually would fall prey to a total of three mutinies in his career, was an oppressive commander and insulted those under him. By setting him adrift in an overcrowded 23-foot-long boat in the middle of the Pacific, Christian and his conspirators had apparently handed him a death sentence. By remarkable seamanship, however, Bligh and his men reached Timor in the East Indies on June 14, 1789, after a voyage of about 3,600 miles. Bligh returned to England and soon sailed again to Tahiti, from where he successfully transported breadfruit trees to the West Indies.
Meanwhile, Christian and his men attempted to establish themselves on the island of Tubuai. Unsuccessful in their colonizing effort, the Bounty sailed north to Tahiti, and 16 crewmen decided to stay there, despite the risk of capture by British authorities. Christian and eight others, together with six Tahitian men, a dozen Tahitian women, and a child, decided to search the South Pacific for a safe haven. In January 1790, the Bounty settled on Pitcairn Island, an isolated and uninhabited volcanic island more than 1,000 miles east of Tahiti. The mutineers who remained on Tahiti were captured and taken back to England where three were hanged. A British ship searched for Christian and the others but did not find them. http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/mutiny-on-the-hms-bounty
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