There was a total eclipse of the sun in 1699 which terrified the world

There was a total eclipse of the sun in 1699 and the preparations made by Governments revealed their superstitions.


For instance:

The elector of Darmstadt was informed of the approach of a total eclipse and in 1699, published the following edit in consequence:

“His Highness, having been informed that on Wednesday morning next, at ten o’clock, a very dangerous eclipse will take place, orders that on the day previous, and a few days afterwards, all the cattle be kept housed, and to this end ample fodder be provided; the doors and windows of the stalls be carefully secured, the drinking wells to be covered up, the cellars and garrots guarded so that the bad atmosphere may not obtain lodgment, and thus produce infection, because such eclipses frequently occasion whooping-cough, epilepsy, paralysis, fever and other diseases, against which every precaution should be observed.”barn door closed

(published in Nashville Union and American February 4, 1872) – Read eBooks using the FREE Kindle Reading App on Most Devices

FreeHearts: 2nd edition A Novel of Colonial America Col. John Washington (ancestor of President George Washington), Randall Revell, Tom Cottingham, Edmund Beauchamp ward off Indian attacks and conquer the wilds of Maryland’s Eastern shore in 17th century colonial America in this historical novel, inspired by true events.


About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She cohost the Podcast: Alabama Grist Mill and developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and

All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble.

She has authored numerous genealogy books.
RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE)
is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2)
is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series)
Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1)
is the continuation of the story. .

For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

One Response to There was a total eclipse of the sun in 1699 which terrified the world

  1. My mother’s family came from the Armour Plantation. When they left, they changed their last name to Newborn, and migrated to Whitesville, Tenn. My great-grandmother’s name was Matilda, and she had children by the slave master.
    I would be overjoyed to talk about some of the history and to learn more about the house. My phone is (909) 418-8530. I am a events planner and do historic events.

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