" Slavery is no more sinful, by the Christian code, than it is sinful to wear a whole coat, while another is in tatters, to eat a better meal than a neighbor, or otherwise to enjoy ease and plenty, while our fellow creatures are suffering and in want. "
James Fenimore Cooper

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Tasmania Sighted by Dutch

Dutch explorer Abel Tasman was the first European to sight the island of Tasmania, off the coast of Australia. He named it Anthoonij van Diemenslandt, after his sponsor, the Governor of the Dutch East Indies. In 1803, Great Britain took possession of the island and established a penal colony there. The indigenous population numbered about 5,000 at the time of colonization but was subsequently decimated, leaving only a few mixed-race survivors. Who was the last full-blooded Tasmanian Aborigine?




Marmalade is a sweet preserve with a bitter tang made from citrus fruit, sugar, water, and, in some commercial brands, a gelling agent. The term marmalade stems from marmelo, Portuguese for quince, which is the fruit originally used to make the preserve. The term marmalade first appeared in the English language in the 15th century, and has been used since the 17th century to refer to any preserve derived from citrus fruit. What is the legend of Dundee Marmalade?

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Frances Hodgson Burnett

Burnett, an English-American playwright and author, is best known for her children's stories, particularly The Secret Garden and Little Lord Fauntleroy. After her mother's death, 18-year-old Burnett began writing to support her 4 young siblings. Her stories were initially printed in magazines, and her first novel was published in 1877. After her son's death in 1890, she turned to spiritualism for comfort. Burnett recorded her beliefs about what happens after death in what novella?

Last updated on Saturday, 24th November 2007

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