The Known World
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1703 Gulliver discovers Brobdingnag in northwest North America, staying there until 1705.
1707 Gulliver visits Laputa and other Pacific islands, returning to England in 1710.
1711 Gulliver meets the Houyhnhnms and is exiled from their land in 1715, when he makes his final return to England.
1711 Rob Roy McGregor (1671-1734) becomes an outlaw.
1713 Varney the Vampire throws himself into Mount Vesuvius.
1716 Edward “Blackbeard” Teach (1680-1718) becomes a pirate captain.
1718 New Orleans founded.
1719 A spell put on the village of Brigadoon.
1720 Jack Sparrow recaptures the Black Pearl.
1752 Ben Franklin (1706-1790) flies his kite.
1737 Baron Munchhausen (b. 1720) begins his adventures.
1737 Comte D’erlette publishes Cultes des Goules.
1738 George Washington (1732-1799) cuts down a cherry tree; admits it.
1739 Dick Turpin hanged at York as a horse thief.
1741 Giacomo Casanova (1725-1798) begins his career of seduction.
1742 Tom Jones’ picaresque adventures
1752 Munchhausen retires to his country estate, where he dies in 1797.
1754 Beginning of the French and Indian War.
1756 British prisoners kept in the Black Hole of Calcutta.
1757 Natty Bumppo (1717-1804) fights alongside the last of the Mohicans.
1759 Adventures of Candide and Dr. Pangloss
1762 Catherine the Great (1729-1796) becomes Empress of Russia.
1763 The Marquis de Sade (1740-1814) begins his life of libertinage.
1763 Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon draw the line.
1765 John Montagu, Earl of Sandwich (1718-1792), invents the sandwich to facilitate gambling.
1768 Captain James Cook (1728-1779) makes his first voyage to the Pacific.
1773 The Boston Tea Party, in which the Sons of Liberty, dressed as Indians and led by Sam Adams (1722-1803), dumped tea into Boston Harbor in protest of British trade policies.
1774 Marie Antoinette (1755-1793) declares, “Let them eat cake!”
1775 Daniel Boone (1734-1820) blazes the Wilderness Road through the Cumberland Gap to open Kentucky to pioneers.
1775 Silversmith Paul Revere (1734-1818) rides to Lexington to warn “The British are coming!”
1775 Battle of Bunker Hill
1775 Patrick Henry (1736-1799) declares, “Give me liberty or give me death!”
1775 Ethan Allen (1738-1789) captures Ticonderoga with his Green Mountain Boys (and Benedict Arnold).
1776 Thomas Paine (1737-1809) publishes Common Sense.
1776 Nathan Hale (b. 1755), revolutionary spy, regrets that he has but one life to give to his country.
1776 Betsy Ross (1752-1836) sews the first American flag.
1776 Declaration of Independence, written by Thomas Jefferson, signed in Philadelphia by John Hancock and others.
1776 Adam Weishaupt (1748-1830) founds the Bavarian Illuminati.
1776 Adam Smith writes The Wealth of Nations.
1776 Washington crosses the Delaware to attack the Hessians at the Battle of Trenton.
1777 Washington camps at Valley Forge for the winter.
1780 Benedict Arnold conspires with spy John Andre to betray West Point.
1780 Francis Marion earns the nickname The Swamp Fox.
1780 L’Estat becomes a vampire.
1785 The alchemist Comte de Cagliostro (1743?-1795?) is implicated in the Affair of the Diamond Necklace (belonging to Marie Antoinette). His birth may be much, much earlier than the date given in records, and it’s unclear whether he has ever died.
1785 Blair Witch active in Maryland.
1787 U.S. Constitution written.
1787 Thomas Jefferson summons Sally Hemings to live with him in Paris.