since so many people found my previous colonial history facts post so interesting I thought I’d share some more…

  • The famous Boston “Bloody Massacre” print is actually plagiarized. The original engraving was done by Henry Pelham, who showed it to Paul Revere. Revere “borrowed” Pelham’s drawing, traced it, printed it, and evidently passed it off as his own. Unfortunately Pelham still doesn’t get recognition for his own artwork…
  •  Benjamin Franklin loved to go skinny dipping. 
  • James Madison was so smol. He was only 5'4" and he weighed about 100 pounds. 
  • Paul Revere’s father was a French refugee. His name was originally Apollos Rivoire but he changed it to Paul Revere. 
  • Ben Tallmadge and Nathan Hale were really good friends. They were both for women’s rights, and while at Yale they debated in favor of women’s education. 
  • The first person killed in the Boston Massacre was an African and Wampanoag man named Crispus Attucks. He is not as well known as he should be, but among historians he is considered “the first martyr of the American Revolution”. 
  • Elizabeth Freeman, who was known as Mum Bett while enslaved, was the first slave (in Massachusetts) to sue for her freedom under the 1780 Constitution and WIN. She argued that slavery was unconstitutional and the jury ruled that she was right. (WOMEN. WE GET THE JOB DONE. )
  •  The John Adams National Historic Park houses the family’s original belongings, one of those belongings is the first copy of The Declaration of Independence made by lifting the ink from the original. It hangs very casually in one of the hallways and is very easy to miss if you’re not looking for it. 
  • Phillis Weatley is known as the first female African American poet to be published, but she was in fact the first African American poet to be published.  
  • Alexander Hamilton probably lied about his age. He claimed he was born in 1757 but official documents from Nevis list the year as 1755.

part 2/? colonial history facts