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With great joy and enthusiasm, I am very happy to announce that there are two Madison 1810 bicentennials coming up here in the next couple weeks in October and November for us to notably recognize.
I am thrilled to continue these Madison bicentennial messages, now with my JMU email:) Please feel free to pass this on to those of your aquaintance to whom you feel would enjoy this:)
Bicentennials of James Madison’s Presidency, Oct. and Nov. of 1810 –
Oct. 27th, 1810 :
President James Madison announces the United States annexation and military occupation of the western region of Spanish West Florida. The annexed area, between the Mississippi River and the Perdido River, is declared part of the Territory of Orleans, which will become the state of Louisiana in 1812.
Nov. 2nd, 1810 :
Believing that the Milan and Berlin Degrees, which legalize French interference with neutral shipping, have actually been rescinded by Napoleon Bonaparte as stated in the Cadone letter of August 5th, President James Madison releases a proclaimation reinstating American trade with France and forbidding American trade with Great Britain, effective as of February 2nd, 1811 (next year), if the British do not withdraw their Orders in Council within three months. But unfortunately, Madison has been misled by the French, as the French continue to harass American shipping. The Americans will remain unaware of this deception until September 1811, and meanwhile this American move results in an intensification of hostilities between the United States and Great Britain.
Other 1810 news, just for fun :
In the third national census, the United States population is recorded at 7,239, 881, marking a gain of nearly 2 million inhabitants, or 36.4 percent since 1800. Of this total, 1,378,110 Americans are blacks and all but 186,746 of those are slaves. With the 1803 admission of Ohio, the number of states in the Union has reached 17.
This year has been a very life changing one, not only for myself, but also for our young nation and President Madison as our Executive 200 years ago.
I hope that this message reaches you and marks the beginning of your week this week as something special as we remember and commemorate Oct. 27th (this Wednesday) and Nov. 2nd (next Tuesday) as influential markers in Madison’s bicentennial presidency.
Most Sincerely, I wish you all the best and nod to each of you in Utmost Respect and Gratitude and hope that you will accept the Humility of Yr. Obt. Srvt. and Devoted Madisonian,
“Let me recommend the best Medicine in the World: a long Journey, at a mild Season, thro’ a pleasant Country, in easy Stages,” – James Madison
“What spectacle can be more edifying, or more seasonable, than that of Liberty and Learning, each leaning on the other, for their mutual and surest support?” – James Madison
“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives,” – James Madison