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OLD MONEY – PIECES OF EIGHT


Minted in the rich colonies of Mexico and Peru since the 1500’s and transported by the famed fleets of Spanish galleons at great risk from pirates, hurricanes, and treacherous waters, the Spanish milled dollar was by far the most commonly circulated coin in the American colonies. It was so widely accepted that when the United States of America was established, … Continue reading


OLD TUNES – MALBROUCK


The Battle of Malplaquet, fought on 11 September 1709, was one of the main battles of the War of the Spanish Succession, which opposed the Bourbons of France and Spain against an alliance whose major members were the Habsburg Monarchy, Great Britain, the United Provinces and the Kingdom of Prussia. Though Britain and her allies suffered double the casualties, it … Continue reading


OLD TUNES – YANKEE DOODLE


“Yankee Doodle” is one of America’s oldest marching airs. It was written several years before the American Revolution, but like so much folk music, its exact origin is obscure despite massive scholarly research. Some trace it to a Dutch peasant song or a work song from the French vineyards or from the Irish. Perhaps the most likely origin is an … Continue reading


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