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.


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William Penn begins monthly meeting for African slaves, advocating emancipation


First African slaves brought to French Louisiana after seizure on the high seas from the Spanish.


Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg, Virginia is reconstructed of brick, and continues today as the oldest continuously active church in the South.


Slave revolt in New York, six whites killed, 21 Africans executed


The Treaty of Utrecht puts an end to Queen Anne’s War. Though the war lasted eleven years, only a few hundred Americans lost their lives in battle.


Georg Ludwig of Hanover (Germany) became George I of England; he never learned to speak English.


Pocotaligo Massacre triggers the two-year “Yamasee War” in South Carolina in which 7% of the white population was killed. People were massacred all across the Carolina frontier. The survivors fled to Charleston where starvation set in and almost ended the colony. The war ceased when the Cherokee sided with the English and defeated the Creeks and allied tribes.


Governor Spottswood of Virginia explored the Shenandoah Valley and encouraged the western mountains and valleys to settlement. German and Scottish immigrants move into the Shenandoah Valley and beyond.


It is estimated that 1,800-2,400 Anglo-American pirates were active in the Atlantic from 1716-1718.


The great migration of Scots, Scots-Irish, and North England borderers will average 5,000 per year until 1775. Calhouns, Jacksons, Polks, Grants, Johnsons, Henrys, Houstons and many other families of Scottish heritage will make bold marks in Politics, Preaching, Education, and Soldiering.

French colonizer Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville founded the City of New Orleans in French Louisiana. The city changed hands between France, Spain, England, and the United States over the next century, eventually becoming the premier and largest cosmopolitan city in the South.


Daniel Defoe’s fictional work The Life and Strange Adventures of Robinson Crusoe is published in 1719. The book, about a shipwrecked sailor who spends 28 years on a deserted island, is based on the experiences of shipwreck victims and of Alexander Selkirk, a Scottish sailor who spent four years on a small island off the coast of South America in the early 1700s.