TL; DR -- As we go forward, there will be a full measure given across the centuries, from 100 years ago to 400 years ago (using 100th, 200th, 250th, 300th, and 400th). Some of the families were here the whole time. The area covered is huge, and the amount of events of significance is some type of phenomenal entity that has never been grappled with as is necessary. Hence, our announcement alludes to some start of activity; there is no end in sight; if done right, we can help set the stage for subsequent reviews of this type.
Except, we are aware that some would not want us to celebrate due to the consequences of Europeans piling up over here. So, we use the notion in other than a celebratory fashion under the context of the 400th turnover of the yearly calendar since those early times. With respect to the larger scope, New Spain and New France are on their way to the 500th.
It is time to get more regular with this topic, hence we want to lay out one perspective mentioned several times which does add some spectral elements to the matter. A fuller tone will be applied consistently.
- 400th -- Arrivals, for whatever reason. Families spread out along the coast, such as Essex County filling in. Too, some went west and north. The NEHGS Great Migration (see WikiTree) was an effort to identify these families in two groups, before Winthrop and then from 1630 to 1640. Other efforts are being done. So, families can look at their kin. Culture, though, will play a huge part of our lookback. With technology, history can now, finally, be written from bottom-up where abstraction might stick its head around the corner from time to time, but we will see that specific tracings get some notice.
- 300th -- This period, not long after the Witch ordeal, is the wilderness era, as some of the 250th bullet would like us to remember. By the time of the rebellion, people had spread a little further such that the north and the south of New England ran along most of the eastern seaboard (south of Canada and north of New Spain). So, there was expansion to the west, a lot of this colonialization was organized to fit New England's goals which carried over to the 200th, to boot.
- 250th -- This is the SAR/DAR theme which we have mentioned, from time to time. So much is involved, that this one bullet would overwhelm the whole of the matter. It does for many folks, but we have the 150 plus prior years to cover.
- 200th -- This is about the frontier time, and there are many ways to go as we are talking the coastal folks, both sides, filling in the huge interior. There was a unfolding that we can get more familiar with. Too, there were many types of people, after all thirty some-odd States fill the interior. Early birds can be researched using some event like that addressed by the movie, The Revenant, especially the cast of characters that are mentioned. However, we're looking at the broader picture which would include many others, such as Jedediah Strong Smith, who caught our interest as an early explorer. Then, there were several decades of other persons that we can pay attention too. In this period, we saw the Civil War come around.
- 100th -- Right now, we cannot think of a better topic for focus than the effort by Dr. Frank and friends in establishing The Massachusetts Magazine, publishing this over a decade (quarterly), and thereby creating an opportunity for supporting research. Many contributors to the periodical were of the 19th century. However, there will be many more topics to look at.
There have been several good histories of the U.S. available in book form. We are seeing new attempts using multi-media. This snapshot of the era of the 250th comes from a Wikipedia overview that is quite good and shows the population of the Colonies as will as the extension post the Treaty of Paris (1783).
Our first post on the 400ths was early on 06 Jan 2013: 400th anniversaries. After that, there were a few more which we'll tie together. But, as we can see via the theme, we are looking across a wide spans of time. We expect that this will entail lots of interesting study and discussion.
Remarks: Modified: 05/12/2021