Mirabilis Member Years
There shall be initially 410 Mirabilis Members. Mirabilis is latin for miracle. The Mirabilis Members will each be unique in that they will adopt a year in the great American story.
King Charles II approves Navigation Act requiring exclusive use of English ships for trading with the colonies, and limits exports of tobacco and sugar.
Accused regicides and former soldiers William Goffe and Edward Whalley arrive in Boston, with a price on their heads and bounty hunters on their trail. They are hidden by sympathetic Puritans for about twenty years; King Charles II never gets his revenge on the two men.
Massachusetts adopted the Half-Way Covenant, thus increasing the number of church members but not fully solving the problems generated by requiring a specific “test of relation” for communicant church membership. Office holders all had to be church members in good standing.
Eight Royalists granted a charter for Carolina
Parliament passes Navigation Acts to compel colonial merchant to carry their wares in
The English Duke of York, with many English towns and thousands of Englishmen living within the borders of New Netherlands, lands troops and forces Peter Stuyvesant to surrender all the Dutch lands to the English. New Amsterdam becomes New York and remains English till 1783.
Maryland required African slaves lifetime servitude; New York and New Jersey quickly followed suit, as did Virginia and Carolina.
England installs a municipal government in New York City
The great fire of London burns down more than 13,000 homes and churches. Some American Puritans see the tragedy as God’s punishment for the sins of King Charles and his debauched lifestyle.
Virginia declared that baptism does not alter a slave’s social status.
First known official horse race conducted in American colonies
Philosopher John Locke drafted the colonial charter for the colony of Carolina for Anthony Ashley Cooper, Lord Shaftsbury. Carolina is the first of three colonies to have a comprehensive plan laid down for settlement and governing.