Ben Franklin

Ben Franklin is first encountered in New York's 'London' chapter. Franklin not only lived in the British capital for many years, but remained, until 1775, a strong believer in the British Empire. His son, the royal governor of New Jersey, was on the British side right through the War of Independence.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
In 1598, Queen Elizabeth ordered a banquet featuring a food source from the new world: potatoes. The royal cooks, having never prepared potatoes before, threw the veggie away and cooked the green part or eye instead, sickening the whole royal court. Elizabeth banned the vegetable. The ban was eventually lifted a few years later when potatoes gained popularity in Spain, France and Italy.




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