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By Owen J. Hurd

Provides fascinating anecdotes of recognized americans, together with Paul Revere, Richard Nixon and Eliot Ness.

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To make the necessary repairs, Cook sent his able mate, William Bligh, in search of an appropriate harbor. Finding only rough surf, they resolved to return to the Big Island to make the repairs within friendly environs. This time, their reception could not have been chillier. Greeted a month earlier by a hysterical celebration, they now found deserted beaches. Cook sent a small boat into the harbor with several marines. His men were confronted by a somber delegation of priests, inquiring about the reason for their return.

Introduction We’re all familiar with the momentous events in our nation’s history: Columbus’s journey to the Americas, the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. But what about the lives lived after the fact? What happened, for example, to Paul Revere after his famous midnight ride? A better messenger than soldier, Revere was later kicked out of the militia for his role in the Penobscot Expedition, the most disastrous naval blunder of the Revolutionary War.

On the journey over, Smith was imprisoned for some vaguely mutinous activity. An execution was planned, then delayed. When the ships arrived in Virginia and the official charter was unsealed, the colonists learned to their surprise that the Virginia Company had designated Captain John Smith as one of seven inaugural council members. It certainly wouldn’t do to dispose of a fellow councilman, so Smith got his first reprieve. Smith had long been an outspoken critic of the colony’s leadership, composed mostly of what he considered genteel loafers.

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