Featured category: Early modern history

The suspicious origins of Wall Street’s wall, Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s abandoned children, the crossroads killings of Sengoku era Japan, and Renaissance fart jokes.

New York City’s famous Wall Street may be named after a literal wall built in the 17th century to keep the Algonquian peoples out.

Unknown author, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Jean-Jacques Rousseau, the philosopher of education (among other things) abandoned five of his children to an orphanage.

During the Sengoku period of Japan, samurai might wait at crossroads to blood their swords on innocent passers-by.

Antonio Luciani (Italian printmaker; fl. 1700–1738) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Poggio Bracciolini was a key instigator of the Italian Renaissance. And he loved a good fart joke.

For more historical trivia from 1500 CE to 1800 CE, begin here:

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s