A Brief History On May 24, 1626, Peter Minuit, Director of New Netherland, bought the island of Manhattan (in modern day New York City) from Native-Americans for goods valued at 60 guilders, the equivalent of $24.  That was a bargain!  Of course, there is the strong possibility that the sellers were not the owners anyway, so they basically got something for nothing, not a bad deal either.  History is full of remarkably good bargains. Here we list 10 of them. Digging Deeper 10. Manhattan, 1626. As described above, this purchase was quite a bargain.  Considering the circumstances in their entirety,…

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A Brief History On May 24, 1607, 100 English settlers went ashore at a site chosen for the Jamestown Colony, the first permanent English settlement in mainland North America.  That is when things went wrong! Digging Deeper The reason they chose that location was largely due to the lack of Native-American residents at that spot.  Of course, there was a reason the land was unoccupied, which should have been a clue.  Swampy, unfit for agriculture and malarial, the settlers were, like previous English settlers, unprepared for life in the wilderness.  Unlike the immigrants to the US in the 1800’s and…

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A Brief History On May 23, 2012, American Idol runner up Adam Lambert became the first openly gay musical artist to debut an album at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart with his album, Trespassing (his second album).   In 2009, Lambert had finished second in the eighth season of American Idol (2009) and his first album debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 in 2009  Lambert’s third album also debuted at #3, making him a recording force to be reckoned with. Digging Deeper Coy about his sexuality, Lambert demurred when asked about it during his Idol run, coming out only…

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A Brief History On May 23, 1701, Scottish Captain William Kidd was hanged in London for piracy and murder. Captain Kidd is one of the better known pirates, and here we list 10 of the most famous or infamous of them all. For today, we will stick to real people, so Captain Hook and Long John Silver will have to wait for a fictional list. Digging Deeper 10. Anne Dieu-le-Veut. The last name is actually a sobriquet meaning “God wills it” or “God Wants.” She was given this nickname because it seemed she achieved everything she tried. Sent to Tortuga…

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A Brief History On May 23, 2001, Temba Tsheri, a 16 year old Sherpa from Nepal, became the youngest person to climb Mt. Everest.  Since then, 13 year old Jordan Romero of the United States now holds the age record, having beaten the existing record of 15 years old by Ming Kipa of Nepal (a girl).  Romero also became the youngest climber to scale all 7 of the “Seven Summits” at age 15 in 2011 (the tallest mountain on each continent).  Young people have been achieving great things since before recorded history.  Here we list 10 impressive accomplishments by youngsters.…

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