6. Wampum & Walloons - Episode 106
"To every time, there is a season."
And while Ecclesiastes' prophetic words sounded a bit different out of the mouths of the original settlers of this incredible place that we now call "New York", it meant the same thing in the seventeenth century as it does today.
And faced with the horrors of the Spanish Inquisition, these bold, intrepid servants of God refused to accept the tyranny and oppression imposed upon them by the Holy Roman Empire and Hapsburg Spain. And in 1624, this fiercely passionate race of humans came here when no one else would and with their own sweat and blood they forged the roots of what would become the greatest city -- and eventually the greatest nation -- on Earth.
"Il y a un temps pour tout, un temps pour toute chose sous les cieux."
There is a time for everything.
And in 1624, it was the time for THEM.
Let us never forget the story of our true "Manhattan Pilgrims". Let us never forget the story of the Walloons.