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- Of, relating to, or characteristic of a colony or colonies
of animals who live in colonies, such as ants
a resident of a colony
Relating to the period of the British colonies in America before independence
(esp. of architecture or furniture) Made during or in the style of this period
of or relating to or characteristic of or inhabiting a colony
- Coat or plate with silver
- Provide (mirror glass) with a backing of a silver-colored material in order to make it reflective
- made from or largely consisting of silver; "silver bracelets"
- coat with a layer of silver or a silver amalgam; "silver the necklace"
- (esp. of the moon) Give a silvery appearance to
- a soft white precious univalent metallic element having the highest electrical and thermal conductivity of any metal; occurs in argentite and in free form; used in coins and jewelry and tableware and photography
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Jackson Square is a historic park in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. Prior to its expansion, early New Orleans was originally centered around what was called the Place d' Armes. After the Battle of New Orleans, in 1814, the Place d' Armes was renamed Jackson Square, after general Andrew Jackson. In the center of the park stands an equestrian statue of Jackson erected in 1856, one of three in America by sculptor Clark Mills. The square was originally designed by architect and landscaper Louis H. Pilie (although he is only given credit for the iron fence). Jackson Square is roughly the size of a city-block( GPS +29.95748 -090.06310 ).
The design of Jackson Square was modeled on the famous Place des Vosges in Paris France.
The square originally overlooked the Mississippi River across Decatur Street, but the view was blocked in the 19th century by the building of larger levees. The riverfront was long given to shipping, but the administration of Mayor Moon Landrieu put in a scenic boardwalk along the river across from the Square; it is known as the "Moon Walk" in his honor.
On the opposite side of the square are three 18th?century historic buildings which were the city's heart in the colonial era. The center of the three is St. Louis Cathedral. The Cathedral was designated a minor Basilica by Pope Paul VI. To its left is the Cabildo, the old city hall, now a museum, where the finalization of the Louisiana Purchase was signed. To the Cathedral's right is the Presbytere, built to match the Cabildo. The Presbytere originally housed the city's Roman Catholic priests and authorities, it was then turned into a courthouse at the start of the 19th century, and in the 20th century became a museum.
On the other two sides of the square are the Pontalba Buildings, matching red-brick block long 4?story buildings built in the 1840s. The ground floors house shops and restaurants; the upper floors are apartments that are the oldest continuously rented such apartments in North America.
Diagonally across Decatur Street upriver from Jackson Square is the Jax Brewery building, the original home of a favorite local beer. After the company ceased to operate independently, the building was converted into several businesses, including restaurants and specialty shops. In recent years, some retail space has been converted into luxury condominiums.
From the 1920s through the 1980s the square was famous as a gathering place of painters of widely varying talents, including proficient professionals, talented young art students, hacks, and dreadful caricaturists. However, in the early 1990s, just as New Orleans' voodoo heritage was becoming known worldwide, artists began to gather to sell their work mostly on the south side of the square along Decatur Street, while tarot card readers began to congregate on the north side on the Place John Paul in front of St. Louis Cathedral, the Presbytere, and the Cabildo.
Live music is a regular feature of the square. Occasional formal concerts are held here, but for a century or more musicians playing for tips have set up in the square, the subject of unending controversy with nearby residents.
Diagonally across Decatur Street downriver from the square is Cafe du Monde, open 24 hours a day, well known for the cafe au lait with chicory and beignets served there continuously since the 19th century.
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The Old State House in Boston.
"Old State was the seat of British Government during the Revolution. After the Revolution, it became the Commonwealth’s first state house and remained so until the new one was completed in 1798. The building's distinctive cupola was once the tallest and most impressive building in the town, sending the message that there was no higher authority than the king.
"Some of the most significant events of the Revolution took place inside the walls of this tiny Georgian structure. It was inside the council chamber that a defiant James Otis railed against the writs of assistance in a fiery performance that ignited the colonists’ rebellion. 'Then and there the child liberty was born,' John Adams later reported. Inside this building, James Otis and Samuel Adams wrote letters to other colonial assemblies, arousing their patriotic fervor. In an astonishing show of defiance, colonial legislators locked themselves inside the Chamber to resist the decrees of Royal Authority and to prevent the Royal Governor from dissolving the Assembly.
"It was just outside these doors that the Boston Massacre unfolded in 1770, serving as the backdrop for the shooting that lead to the tragic deaths of Crispus Attucks and four others. Six years later, it was from this balcony that the Declaration of Independence was first read to the people of Boston. Abigail Adams was there that day and she watched as the exhilarated crowd tore down the golden lion and the silver unicorn, symbols of British rule. 'Great attention was given to Colonel Graft’s every word,' she wrote to her husband John. 'As soon has he ended, the cry from the balcony was ‘God Save Our American States’ and then three cheers rended the air…Thus ends royal authority in this state and all the people shall say, Amen.'
"The lion and the unicorn have been restored, and now, Old State is the oldest surviving public building in Boston, housing as a museum of Boston history operated by the Bostonian Society.
"'...we hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal, and endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.'
"...and from this balcony that the Declaration was first read to the people of Boston in 1776."
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