Battle of Lepanto, Sinking of Spanish Armada, and Pilgrim Governor William Bradford - 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. In the course of the 17th century ... English, French, Dutch, Danes, and Swedes ... attempted to make some settlements in the new world."
Spice Trade, Amsterdam Stock Exchange, Indonesian Nutmeg Island exchanged for Manhattan, Volcanos, Dutch Religious Tolerance - American Minute with Bill Federer
Joint Stock Companies financed English Exploration & the Founding of the Colony of Virginia - American Minute with Bill Federer
After the Reformation, Protestant countries formed the first "joint–stock" companies. A joint–stock company was much like modern-day crowd–sourcing or crowd–funding. Any individual could invest in a ship sailing to the Far East in search of spices, and when the ship returned, investors received a profit.
Veterans Day "In test & trial, we instinctively turn to God for courage"-Eisenhower - American Minute with Bill Federer
General Douglas MacArthur told West Point cadets, May 1962: "The soldier, above all other men, is required to practice the greatest act of religious training - sacrifice. In battle and in the face of danger and death, he discloses those Divine attributes which his Maker gave when He created man in His own image ..."
Six years before he came to America, Captain John Smith joined the Austrian forces and fought in the “Long War” against the Muslim Ottoman Turks invading Hungary.