Reading about the 400ths, of course, brought our attention backward to the 300ths (Salem Pageant).
Jedediah Strong Smith
Lots of attention go toward the northern routes, however there were southern routes across the country, to boot. And, as we've seen with movies and TV, the U.S. Army was active across the whole region (William J. Worth, Thomas W. Higginson, and more). In the east, we saw the displacement of the Natives as an example of what was to come. Many tribes were moved west (Another Western Movement).
So, we thought of this as the 200th that was related to the 400th in many ways, especially with regard to families and their members.
Then, there was the sea (The Gardiner that was, Nantucket Sendoff, Two cousins).
Now, another focus arises from which we will see lots and lots events and energies of celebration. The D.A.R. initiative for and support of America 250 will be a continuing theme. Remember, 1776. This look back is six years away and corresponds with events in Cape Ann and Salem over hundred years earlier. We have written of the time; some recent activity related to General Layafette and his triumphant return are one example.
History being retold from the lives and times of people? A major theme for the future.
Just like that which is to be celebrated for the 250th, the 200th has no real clear start. There was the Revolution which dragged on. Then, the War of 1812 perturbed the U.S. Finally, Lewis & Clark did their little trek. After that, we saw a slow trickle which grew to a horde moving west by the last part of the 19th century.
We will start to look at 100, 200, 250, 300 and 400 on a regular basis.
Remarks: Modified: 02/01/2020
02/01/2020 -- There is a sort of symmetry about the American Revolution for a few years that ought to be of interest. The far reach (400th) is that arrival in the 17th century. Coming forward, the 200th is associated with another migration which was to the west (Final migration). The 300th was only a generation after the turmoil following the witch hunt (Andover ordeal). The 100th can be many things that we will look at (Last issue of The Massachusetts Magazine, Ground zero).