Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Battle Off Valcour Island

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October 11th, 2006

in 1584, Queen Elizabeth of England and Emperor Hoatchitepe of the Aztec Empire announce their engagement during a state visit of the Emperor to the Queen's court. The wedding is set for the first day of spring in the new year in England, with a second ceremony to be performed in the Emperor's capitol in the summer. The royal couple pledge to spend half of the year in England and half in the Aztec Empire, and treat all of their subjects with respect and civility. The notion of the Rights of Englishmen starts to spread among the nobility of the Aztec, and Queen Elizabeth convinces Hoatchitepe to ban human sacrifice. The Aztec court is concerned about Elizabeth's age, and obvious lack of ability to produce an heir to the joined empires. The pair announce that they will be followed on their thrones by Hoatchitepe's nephew Metichime, which causes some consternation among the English. Plots are hatched to halt the wedding, and failing that, to stymie the succession plans.

in 1776, during a long engagement off of Valcour Island in Lake Champlain, New York, British Commander Sir Guy Carleton narrowly escapes from American hero Benedict Arnold's gunboats. It was a Pyhrric victory for Arnold, though, because he was left with only 3 ships at the end of the fight. He did buy enough time for the rebellion to reinforce their ground positions in the state, which allowed them to fight off the continuing British invasion. Arnold's victory seals his elevation to Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, which he leads through hardship and triumph both to eventual victory over the British in 1781. After the war, he enters politics and is elected America's second president, following Benjamin Franklin in the office in 1800.

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