Obama and McCain are both descendants of slave owners and of Confederate soldiers. They are also both descendants of King Edward I of England (and thus of his ancestors, including Henry II/Eleanor of Aquitaine, King John, William the Conqueror, and if medieval mythology is to be believed, Satan) and of King William I (“The Lion”) of Scotland. (Source: New England Ancestors: the Journal of the New England Historic and Genealogical Society for the Edward I of England/William I of Scotland connection, old lore for the Satanic descent [googleMelusine Angevin Satan for more info- or go here.)
Lehman Brothers began as a dry goods store for cotton farmers in 1850 in downtown Montgomery, Alabama. The brokerage began when brothers Henry and Emmanuel Lehman (Bavarian Jewish immigrants whose father had a similar business for cattle farmers back home) began taking parts of cotton crops in exchange for credit and loans. They abandoned dry goods altogether and relocated to NYC to open a commodities brokerage shortly before the Civil War. (The building they originally occupied is still there and has been everything from a witchcraft shop to a gay bar in recent years.)
One of the first contemporary written accounts of any kind set in North America and the first involving a black man in North America concern a terrible storm (possibly a hurricane) in what is now Galveston. Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca (the name literally means cow head and has an interesting etymology, but that’s another story) and his men had been stranded in Florida during the disastrous Narvaez expedition but managed to build boats and sail from Florida to Texas (trying for Mexico) by staying within sight of the coast. A terrible storm killed many of the survivors and stranded the rest on what is now Galveston, where they were enslaved. (One of the men was already a slave- an African named Esteban- whose life is quite interesting in and of itself.) The party eventually escaped and made their way to Spanish Mexico, where they wrote accounts of their journey.
Speaking of hurricanes, the word hurricane is based on a Mayan god, Huracan, a one legged deity who can generate water storms or fire, uses a snake for a prosthetic leg, has a snout like an aardvark, and smokes a cigar. He once destroyed most of humanity with floods in a story similar to the Noah legends (well, at least insomuch as it involves humanity getting destroyed with floods).
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