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.


Charles Town settlement established between Ashley and Cooper Rivers


Rhode Island became a haven for Baptists after the settlement of Roger Williams. In this year the Seventh Day Baptists found refuge there. Their distinctive was worshipping on Saturday, for which they had been persecuted in England.


The Royal Africa Company given monopoly for English slave trade.


Dutch forces retake New York from the English.


Treaty of Westminster ends Anglo-Dutch War and the Dutch return all Dutch colonies in America to English rule


Friends migration to Western Jersey and Pennsylvania begins
Warriors of Chief Metacom, known to the New England settlers as King Phillip, attack a Pilgrim settlement, killing several colonists. That initiates the bloodiest and most destructive war in New England History between the Wampanoags and allied tribes against Christian Indians, Mohegans, Plymouth, Massachusetts, and Connecticut Colonies, about 3,500 fighters on each side.


Nathaniel Bacon led rebellion against Governor Berkley in Virginia for not protecting the backcountry folk from Indian depredations. They drove Berkeley from Jamestown and burned the village. The revolt was suppressed by soldiers and sailors loyal to Berkley. Bacon died of dysentery that very year, and his followers broken up and defeated.


Governor Berkely returned to Jamestown, hanged twenty-three rebels, and reestablished his policies for Virginia


King Phillip’s War ended with his death at Miery Swamp in Rhode Island. The war cost the Indians of Metacom’s forces about 3,000 and the settlers about 1,000. With massacres, atrocities, burnings, and retribution, the war’s impact was felt in New England for generations.


Habeaus Corpus Act is passed in England; In a little more than a century, the right becomes enshrined in the United States Bill of Rights.