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The Xenophile Historian Newsletter, #19
( http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/ )
Greetings once again to all my loyal readers! Charles Kimball is here, to give you the latest news on my world history website. I’m writing earlier than I normally do, it being only four months since the last newsletter. In early June I moved from Lexington, Kentucky to Danbury, Connecticut, to take a job offered there. The original job assignment is supposed to last six months, so I am a couple of weeks past the halfway point. However, I hear that if the company still likes me when the assignment is finished (and so far they do), they may offer me another assignment, or even permanent employment, so I’m not really expecting to return to Kentucky in December. Other adventures include visiting the neighborhood where my family once lived (1964-66), my roommate running away, finding my way around in an environment that is both strange and familiar, and Tropical Storm Irene.
As promised, the second part of my Latin American history series was released at the end of May, just ten days after the previous newsletter went out. I was working on both Chapters 1 and 2 at the same time, but chose to hold off sending another newsletter until I had something besides Chapter 2 to announce. Anyhow, Chapter 2 is called "The Age of the Conquistadors," because it goes from 1492 to 1650, covering the stormy period when Spain and Portugal conquered Latin America. I also talked a bit about French, Dutch and English involvement, mainly in the Caribbean. As I have done with other history papers over the past few years, I divided it into two parts, which are organized as follows:
Part I ( http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/latinam/la02a.html )
Population At First Contact
The Conquests of Ahuitzotl and Moctezuma II
From Hispaniola to Mexico, and the Discovery of Brazil
"Pioneers Take the Arrows"
The Conquest of New Spain
The Conquest of Central America and Western Mexico
The Conquest of Peru, Act 1
The Conquest of Peru, Act 2
Part II ( http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/latinam/la02b.html )
The Conquest of Peru, Act 3
Filling In the Gaps
Miners, Traders and Raiders
The Conquest of Peru, Act 4
The El Dorado Dream
The Church Comes to Latin America
The Colonization of Brazil
French and English Inroads in the Caribbean
Spain Comes To the End Of the Line
Population Figures After the Conquest, and the Columbian Exchange
Now what else has been added to the site? Since it has only been four months since the last newsletter, and I have been busy in the real world, now that I’m working again, it won’t take long to cover them.
First, I gave my essay on alien life a complete rewrite. The original essay simply passed on the argument that aliens must be stupid, because according to those who believe in UFOs, they try to communicate with us in ridiculous ways, and go to redneck communities instead to important cities. I kept that, asked why the people who claim to have been abducted by aliens talk about anal probing so much, and added two new sections to the essay. The first new section talked about how we haven’t found any earthlike planets in other star systems yet, so if there is life out there, it won’t be much like earth life. The other new section suggests that any civilization that can cross the stars is more likely to be ruthless than friendly; culture shock is the best thing that can happen to any less advanced civilization they meet.
To Chapter 7 of my African history (http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/africa/af07.html), I added paragraphs about two strange wars that happened around 1900, the Anglo-Zanzibar War and the War of the Golden Stool. If you want to read the new paragraphs, without also reading the page they were added to, go to the blog entry below.
I also looked at the natural disaster we have suffered lately, especially the earthquake/tsunami/partial meltdown that northern Japan suffered last March, and concluded that nature is our enemy more often than our friend. That inspired a commentary entitled "Nature Is A Mother."
Finally, on the tenth anniversary of 9/11, I got ready for future challenges from those who believe the US government, or somebody else beside Arab terrorists, was responsible for the attack on that fateful day, by posting "Why I Am Not A 9/11 Truther."
What’s next? I’m still working on the Latin American history project, of course. Chapter 3 will cover what happened from 1650 to 1830, namely the rest of the colonial period and the struggles that brought independence to the region. And there are still plans to update the older papers; hopefully I can report I did some of that next time.
And that’s the website-related news since last May. If you missed older issues of the newsletter and want to see them, they can be downloaded in a zip file from
http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/download/index.html . And the links below go to topics I mentioned in previous issues, that are still valid. Please visit them, if you haven’t already:
The Xenohistorian Weblog, this site’s official blog.
My world history textbook, "A Biblical Interpretation of World History."
My Pre-Paid Legal website:
And my Blastoff Network webpage:
Take Care and God Bless,
Charles Scott Kimball