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John Adams (1768?–1829) attrib. Richard Beechey, 1825 Phillips Picture Library

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Adams, John [alias Alexander Smith] (1768?–1829), seaman, mutineer, and settler, was born in London probably in 1768 and was serving under the name of Smith as an able seaman on HMS Bounty at the time of the mutiny on 28 April 1789 [...

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H. M. Chichester

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Anderson, Joseph (1790–1877), army officer and colonist, was born on 1 July 1790 at Keoldale, Sutherland, Scotland, the son of James Anderson of Rispond and his wife, Fairly Gordon. In 1805 he was appointed an ensign in the 78th highlanders, with which he served in ...

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Angas, George Fife (1789–1879), promoter of the colonization of South Australia, was born on 1 May 1789 at Newcastle upon Tyne, the seventh child of Caleb Angas (1742–1831), coach maker and shipowner, and his second wife, Sarah Jameson, widowed daughter of John Lindsay...

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Attakullakulla (1700x12–c. 1780), leader of the Cherokee Indians, was born in the Overhill Cherokee country (present-day eastern Tennessee). His parentage is uncertain. He was known among the British colonists as the Little Carpenter because he built a strong relationship with the British. ...

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Batman, John (1801–1839), pioneer in Australia, was born at Parramatta, New South Wales, on 21 January 1801, the second son of William Bateman, a Middlesex cutler, transported in 1796 after being convicted of receiving stolen saltpetre worth £48, and his wife, Mary, who travelled out with him as a free woman. He was educated at ...

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Big Bear [Mistahimaskwa] (c. 1825–1888), leader of the Plains Cree, was born north of Fort Carlton in Ruperts Land, Northwest Territories, the son of Black Powder (d. c.1864), a minor chief. His parents were of Plains Cree and Saulteaux background. Big Bear...

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Blackfish [Cottawamago, Mkahdaywaymayqua] (1729?–1779), leader of the Shawnee Indians, was born probably about 1729 in the Shawnee territory in the Ohio River valley. Of unknown parentage, Blackfish, or Cottawamago or Mkahdaywaymayqua, appears in the historical record in 1777 as the war chief of the ...

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Blackstone, William (bap. 1596?, d. 1675), settler in America and horticulturist, was born to unknown parents. It has been asserted that he was baptized on 5 March 1595 at Whickham in co. Durham, the son of John Blackstone and his wife, Agnes (...

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T. F. Henderson

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Blennerhasset, Harman (1764/5–1831), lawyer and settler in America, born in Hampshire on 8 October 1764 or 1765, was the youngest of the three sons of Conway Blennerhasset of Conway Castle, Killorglin, co. Kerry, Ireland, and his wife, the daughter of Major Thomas Lacy...