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Colonialism

January 26

January 26, 1788: On this day in 1788 the First Fleet, the initial major fleet sent out by the British government to settle Australia, arrived to Botany Bay in New South Wales. This was […]

August 28

August 28, 1784: Junipero Serra, the so-called Apostle of California, died at the Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo in California. Between the late 1760s and the early 1780s, Serra led the Franciscan mission […]

April 6

April 6, 1623: This day marks the beginning of Cabernet Franc’s wide establishment from vine cuttings. Cardinal Richelieu is credited for bringing cuttings of the Cabernet Franc vine to the Loire Valley from the […]

April 27

April 27, 1862: The Indian Indenture Act was repealed. The law, passed during the 1850s gold rush, which allowed white men to call for the arrest of any Native American who were perceived as […]

May 12

May 12, 1838: Samuel Marsden passed away on this day. He was an influential figure in the Church Missionary Society and a clergyman for the Church of England in Australia. He was acknowledged for […]

October 18

October 18, 1570: On this day Manuel de Nóbrega, a Portuguese Jesuit priest and first Provincial of the Society of Jesus in colonial Brazil died in the colony of Rio de Janeiro. De Nóbrega […]

October 27

October 27, 1581: On this day, Francisco de Aguirre died. Son of Constanza de Meneses and Hernando de la Ra, Francisco de Aguirre was born in 1580. He enlisted in Carlos I's army and […]

The Conquistador’s Impact on Wine in South America

The Conquistador’s Impact on Wine in South America In 1554, Spanish conquistadors and missionaries transported European Viti's vinifera vines to Chile. According to mythology, the conquistador Francisco de Aguirre planted the first vines. The […]

May 5

May 5, 1789: The French Revolution began, and proceeded for ten and a half years. After the French Revolution, the church's final vineyards were divided up and sold off starting in 1791. The Napoleonic […]

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