Hounslow's Role in Shaping North America

A talk organised by Hounslow and District History Society

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Trade Routes and Warpaths: Hounslow’s Role in Shaping North America is the subject of Hounslow and District History Society’s next meeting at the United Reformed Church Hall, Chapel Road, Hounslow on Tuesday 27th October 2015 at 7.45pm.

The speaker is Howard Simmons, a Hounslow Heritage Guide.

This talk will reveal the fascinating, albeit unlikely, links between Hounslow and the European colonisation and settlement of North America.

From the original exploration of the Coastal lands in the 1500's through the proposal for an English speaking colony called Virginia after Elizabeth 1 to the settlement of Jamestown in 1607, local personalities from the Hounslow area such as Thomas Harriot and George Percy were involved.

Equally native North American people such as the Powhatan "princess" Pocahontas visited Hounslow in 1613 as did the great Mohican chieftan and war leader Theyandenag during the American War of Independence. The Iroquois leader John Norton during the War of 1812 against the United States also came to Hounslow.

Find out how decisions made in Hounslow helped to carve modern Canada out of the northern wilderness, how a local resident was responsible for the founding of the great Smithsonian complex of museums in Washington and a future American President lived locally. This unusual topic promises to be most interesting.

Everyone is welcome.

October 16, 2015