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?
The First Film. Though disputed by historians who claim that a functional Lumière camera did not exist before the end of 1894, the Lumière brothers, widely regarded as the inventors of cinema, claimed to have shot their first films in August, 1894. Seven months later, in March, 1895 in Paris, they presented what was probably the world’s first screening of a film in front of a large audience. Ironically, the main purpose of their presentation was to showcase exciting research on colour photography, but the brothers were surprised at how fixated the audience was with the moving black and white images also on display !