Back in the good ol’ days, when this blog was in its infancy I wrote a post about Archibald Hall Throckmorton.
I want to thank the 12 people who read that post, and inform everyone else of the bold prediction I made in that article – that more material from the awesomely-named “Crypto-Jews/False Christians” page (brought to you by the All Seeing Eye of Saturn‘s group of Kabbalists, Jesuits, Occultists, Freemasons and the New World Order) would show up on our blog.
Why? Because we’re suckers for bizarre webpages replete with facial hair and guys named Tadeusz Kościuszko.
Ignoring my absent-minded failure to mention that Lesane Parish Crooks‘ “West Side” symbol was obviously* derived from the masonic “Triad claw” hand gesture – don’t believe me? Check out the bottom of this page and read their useful and completely not-far-fetched* explanation why – I’d like to follow through on the prediction of that site’s re-emergence on our blog.
Giuseppe Garibaldi was an Italian military general and politician, who helped unify Italy and would be described as a revolutionary if not for the fact that he usually tried to work with already-established powers. His career began when he fled Genoa with a bounty on his head. He moved to Brazil, joining a group of gaucho rebels – farrapos (“Ragamuffins”) – in protecting the Rio Grande Do Sul Republic, helping it separate from the recently-founded Brazilian nation.
There, he met his wife and they moved to Uruguay where they had four children while Giuseppe worked as a trader and schoolmaster. In his spare time, he decided to take command of the Uruguayan fleet, raise an “Italian legion” and side with the Colorados (led by Fructuouso Rivera) during the Uruguayan Civil War, from which his side emerged victorious 7 years later.
Afterwards, Giuseppe – who wasn’t down with the troubles springing up in his homeland – returned to Italy, spending a year there. That year, he led forces in the new Roman Republic, beating a numerically superior French army before being toppled by a numerically even-more-superior army of French reinforcements. That year, he also wrote a novel after the death of a fallen compatriot, before being kicked out of former Italian lands under French control.
No biggie. Giuseppe Garibaldi just moved to Morocco, the U.S., Nicaragua, Peru, and England – working odd jobs until his Genoese exile ended. He returned to Italy and led several military groups, winning improbable victories and making huge strides toward Italian independence, becoming a national hero in the process.
That wasn’t enough for Garibaldi. Just a year later, in 1861, he volunteered his services to Abraham Lincoln during the American Civil war, being offered a post as a Major General – but refused because Lincoln was not yet ready to make abolition of slavery his central platform in in the war. Garibaldi would later give Lincoln major props after the Emancipation Proclamation.
In his later years, he settled for minor accomplishments like independently defending Rome from an attack by Napoleon III and managing the only Italian victory in the Austro-Prussian war, more adventures, a gifted career in politics, a final successful military campaign, and forming a group advocating the emancipation of women and universal suffrage.
He died in 1882 “in a bed facing the emerald and sapphire sea,” and was buried. Earlier this year, his remains were exhumed to do DNA analysis to confirm his lineage. He was a big deal.
For all this, he is universally recognized as one of Italy’s four “Fathers of the Fatherland” – a phrase which I was going call redundant until I saw this label from an American fashion designer…