Thursday, April 23, 2015

CJ (#40) Appointed Governor 1689

Between the fall of 1687 and Nov.14, 1689, Cadwallader Jones (JO-1) was attempting to rearrange his state of affairs.  In the "Calander of State Papers - Colonial Series 13, American and West Indies 1689 - 1692, p.179" is found the following:

"Nov. 14, (544) 1689

      Commission of the Proprietors to Cadwallader Jones (JO-1) to be Governor of the Bahama Islands.
            Signed. Craven, Ashley Carteret, P. Colleton [Col. Entry BK. Vol. XXII, pp 151, 152]"

Here starts the story of our Cadwallader (JO-1) involvement with the Bahama Islands.  He was most likely aware of the recent Spanish treasure recovered off the coast of the Bahamas.  Also, the Berkeley family was directly involved with colony of Carolina, and Cadwallader (JO-1) had a connection here as well. [see last several post titled "Connectors".]   At any rate, Cadwallader (JO-1) was appointed "Governor" under the direction of the "Proprietors" by the end of 1689.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Connectors (3)

Various dynamics came into play at this point in Cadwallader's (JO-1) life.  Some of these factors included economic, legal, social, political, and religious dynamics. 

In 1687, the economic [huge debt], and legal [multiple suites] issues had perhaps the greatest role.

The social role had its own impact with the connection of "Capt. John Smith" [Francis Dade (DAD-1) to the relationships that our Cadwallader (JO-1) had with this family. [Yet to be told.] 

The political dynamics involved the relationship to the "court party" [strong support for the Monarchy] and the "peoples party" [Parliament], and their continual fight over control of the government.  Charles II, and James II had their role to play in the historical context of the day.  The "Glorious Revolution" was to happen at this point in the life of our Cadwallader (JO-1).  [William and Mary to come front stage.]  It was Charles II who rewarded the folks who supported him with the lands of Carolina.

Religious dynamics were ongoing between the Catholics [James II] and Protestants [William and Mary] of the world.  The most recent events in the Bahamas brought these issues together.

Putting together the various factors places a historical context around the life of our Cadwallader Jones (JO-1).  Understanding these dynamics helps place the story of the Bahamas [starting 1689] in a broader light then the writers of the earliest history books record.