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You can find much greater detail for the timeframes 1550-1700 at a new website now almost finished ... THE BUSINESS OF SLAVERY... a website book also designed to bring genealogical studies up-to-date from 1530 to the present-day... as well as questions of merchant lives and activities... Click now to... The Business of Slavery (in English history).
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This Merchants and Bankers Listings website is years old and is now (from 2009) undergoing a marked identity change. Its timeline material on economic history (for 1560-1930) is being moved to a website managed by Ken Cozens and Dan Byrnes, The Merchant Networks Project. This will empty many of this website's pages which have always been in series. In due course, Merchants and Bankers Listings will carry information from the Crusades on the early development of what became “capitalism” in Europe to 1560 or so. As well as a conglomeration of data on modern developments, mostly on modern/technical industry, computing, and for the future, today's climate change problems. The editor's view is that in the context of climate change, the views of Merchants and Bankers (and Economists), the keepers of matters economic, are due for a considerable shake-up. If this website can encourage the shake-up, and help inform it reliably, well and good. -Ed
These pages will be added to and improved in quality as time permits. In time, some essays will appear on these pages
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It is hoped that these webpages will be of assistance to family historians in the UK, the US and Australasia, by way of providing contexts for further research.
Further chronology notes for 1675-1700
The history websites on this domain now have a companion website on a new domain, at Merchant Networks Project produced by Dan Byrnes and Ken Cozens (of London).
This website (it is hoped) will become a major exercise in economic and maritime history, with some attention to Sydney, Australia.
By the mid-17th Century in England, a group of scientists founded "the invisible college" at Oxford University as a support group for their interests and activities. Its motto became Nullus in verba, or, "Take nobody's word for it", and they recommended experimentation, not verbal speculation. They included architect Sir Christopher Wren, Robert Hook, and Robert Boyle, best known for Boyle's Law regarding the behaviour of gases. In 1660 was formed the Royal Society of London for the Improvement of Natural Knowledge. Boyle once wrote a remarkable wish list of 24 things he thought might one day come into reality. Most of them have since appeared and are common today. Among them are: The Prolongation of Life, health improvements which mean we can live longer. The Recovery of Youth, not an elixir of youth, but retention of some of the marks of healthy youth, better teeth, capped teeth, hair dye, organ transplants, plastic surgery, Botox treatments. The Art of Flying -plans, helicopters, space flight. The art of travel under water - submarines, scuba diving gear. The Cure of Disease by transplantion, organ transplants and keyhole surgery. Better human strength and agility - steroids. The Acceleration of Agricultural Production from Seeds - GM foods. The making of hyperbolic and parabolic glasses - spectacles and telescopes. Making armour lighter yet harder - Kevla. Ways of finding Longitudes - satellite navigation, GPS. A ship to sail with all winds - boats with engines. Perpetual Light - light bulbs once electricity was invented. Transmutation of species in minerals, animals and vegetables - synthetic biology, genetic engineering. All quite extraordinary by 1691 when Boyle died!
- Dan Byrnes (otherwise indicated in these pages as -Editor)
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