This is a blog about synchronicity. It is an account of several notable events that took place in the Western Hemisphere during the year 1692, giving a day-by-day description of every little occurrence within each of these events that was recorded in a form that has survived to the present day. The idea behind it is to give a sense for what was happening at the same time in different places during a very tumultuous and eventful year for the European colonies in America.

The most important and best-documented events of 1692 in America were the Salem witch trials and the reconquest of New Mexico. Accordingly, a great deal of this blog is devoted to these two events. I have also included other less-famous events that were going on at the same time in other parts of the New World. These include the witchcraft scare in southwestern Connecticut, the earthquake in Jamaica that destroyed the city of Port Royal, and the corn riots in Mexico City.

These events all involve either the English or the Spanish colonies in America. This is not by design, but rather because I was unable to find any events of comparable importance and documentation in the colonies of other European countries. The areas that were not under European control, of course, are even more sparsely documented, so nothing that happened in them at this time is documented in anything like the kind of detail necessary to be included here. This is unfortunate, but the records are what they are.

Each date in 1692 on which something was recorded as happening in any of these stories is marked by a post on this blog on the corresponding date in 2008. These posts were not necessarily written on the date they bear (indeed, most of them were not), but I have edited the timestamps on them so that they appear in the correct order. Due to the nature of blogging as a medium, the posts appear in reverse chronological order.

The posts are organized into categories based on which major colony (and corresponding storyline) they refer to; since there is only one post for each day, many refer to events in more than one place. The easiest way to isolate a particular storyline is to use the “Category” links in the sidebar.  There is also an RSS feed, for those who prefer to follow blogs that way.

This project is a bit of an experiment. It is most similar to the Pepys Diary site and John Wesley’s Journal in structure, but it also has some similarities to the “This Day in History” series at the Edge of the American West blog, among other sites and series.  The blogroll in the sidebar includes some sites with similar content, if not necessarily similar form.

Published on January 23, 2008 at 1:46 am  Comments (7)  

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  1. Hi, this is Dave Mazella from the Long 18th. I saw your blog’s links to mine, and saw some similarities between what you’re doing here and the class/book I’m working on regarding the year 1771.

    So what inspired you to start blogging the year 1692? I get that question all the time regarding 1771.

    Best wishes,

    Dave Mazella

  2. Hi, Dave. Thanks for stopping by.

    I first started to think about 1692 when I realized that both the reconquest of New Mexico and the Salem witch trials happened in that year. These are two very important events, obviously, and I was struck by the realization that they were literally going on at the exact same time. I began to think about doing some sort of project comparing the simultaneous events in Massachusetts and New Mexico, though originally I was thinking more in terms of a book or something like that. It wasn’t until a couple months ago that I got the idea for doing it as a blog, which is both particularly suited for the nature of the project and pretty easy for me to do at this point in my life. Along the way I had discovered several other events in 1692 that aren’t as well-known today, though not necessarily less important in their historical effects, so I decided to throw them in as well.

  3. A book called 1688 by a USC historian by the name of John E. Mills, Jr. took on a similar project in a different form, albeit four years earlier. I read it a few years ago and enjoyed it, thought I surely have a different perspective.

  4. Sorry! There’s a typo there — the author’s name is John E. Wills, and he appears to be emeritus at USC now.

  5. […] other notable historic events, the year 1692 was the year of the Salem Witch trials. Now you can read an account of the trials in blog form. […]

  6. Just stumbled onto your blog and am quite impressed with your intriguing and scholarly approach.

    Thank you.

  7. Some of your facts are incorrect

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