Today's American Minute

Spanish & French attempts to settle America; & Why Pilgrims decided not to sail to Guyana - American Minute with Bill Federer

Spanish & French attempts to settle America; & Why Pilgrims decided not to sail to Guyana - American Minute with Bill Federer

Adam Smith wrote in The Wealth of Nations, 1776:
"The Spaniards, by virtue of the first discovery, claimed all America as their own, and ... such was ... the terror of their name, that the greater part of the other nations of Europe were afraid to establish themselves in any other part of that great continent ...
But ... the defeat ... of their Invincible Armada ... put it out of their power to obstruct any longer the settlements of the other European nations."

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Thanksgiving Proclamations by Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Lincoln, Roosevelt, & others - American Minute with Bill Federer

& more - American Minute with Bill Federer Jefferson Lincoln Madison Roosevelt Thanksgiving Proclamations: Washington

Thanksgiving Proclamations by Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Lincoln, Roosevelt, & others - American Minute with Bill Federer

After traitor Benedict Arnold's plot to betray West Point was thwarted, the Continental Congress proclaimed a Day of Thanksgiving, October 18, 1780:
"In the late remarkable interposition of His watchful providence, in the rescuing the person of our Commander-in-Chief and the army from imminent dangers, at the moment when treason was ripened for execution ... it is therefore recommended ... a Day of Public Thanksgiving and Prayer ... to confess our unworthiness ... and to offer fervent supplications to the God of all grace ... to cause the knowledge of Christianity to spread over all the earth."

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Pilgrim Thanksgiving "God be Praised we had a Good Increase...Our Harvest being gotten in"-Pilgrim Edward Winslow - American Minute with Bill Federer

Pilgrim Thanksgiving "God be Praised we had a Good Increase ... Our Harvest being gotten in" -Pilgrim Edward Winslow - American Minute with Bill Federer

Pilgrim Thanksgiving "God be Praised we had a Good Increase...Our Harvest being gotten in"-Pilgrim Edward Winslow - American Minute with Bill Federer

Pilgrim Edward Winslow recorded in Mourt's Relation that in the Fall of 1621:
"God be praised we had a good increase ...
Our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a special manner rejoice together after we had gathered the fruit of our labors.
They four in one day killed as much fowl as, with a little help beside, served the company almost a week.

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"Squanto ... a special instrument sent of God for their good beyond their expectation"-Pilgrim Governor William Bradford - American Minute with Bill Federer

"Squanto ... was a special instrument sent of God for their good beyond their expectation"-Pilgrim Governor William Bradford - American Minute with Bill Federer

"Squanto ... a special instrument sent of God for their good beyond their expectation"-Pilgrim Governor William Bradford - American Minute with Bill Federer

Governor Bradford wrote:
"(Squanto) was a native of these parts, and had been one of the few survivors of the plague hereabouts.
He was carried away with others by one Hunt, a captain of a ship, who intended to sell them for slaves in Spain ..."

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Pilgrims tried Communism -- and rejected it, -- replacing it with Property owned by Individuals who could then be Charitable! - American Minute with Bill Federer

Pilgrims tried Communism -- and rejected it, -- replacing it with Property owned by Individuals who could then be Charitable! - American Minute with Bill Federer

Bradford described individual capitalism:
"I answer, seeing that all men have this failing in them, that God in His wisdom saw that another plan of life was fitter for them ...
So they began to consider how to raise more corn, and obtain a better crop than they had done, so that they might not continue to endure the misery of want ...
At length after much debate, the Governor, with the advice of the chief among them, allowed each man to plant corn for his own household ...
So every family was assigned a parcel of land, according to the proportion of their number ...

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