Independent Historian

John Anderson has a degree in history and political science from Northern Arizona University.   He has spoken before the New Jersey Historical Society Highlands Iron Ore Conference on the maritime history of the North Jersey Highlands as well as other topics.  He has presented maritime history topics before a wide range of community audiences. He has authored a diverse range of articles anchored in maritime affairs and history.  Anderson is currently working on research to determine the maritime aspects of the North Branch of the Rancocas Creek and possible connections to the Delaware River and other Mid-Atlantic inland rivers and waters.  His specific interest is focused on determining how the region’s maritime history folds into New Jersey’s Burlington County, Westhampton Township’s Timbuctoo Village landing and adjacent Farmstead sites that date back to 1756.  Material collected and documented is to be used in support of establishing a New Jersey State canoe trail that incorporates historical sites along the lower reaches of the Rancocas Creek.

British Corps of Colonial Marines (1808-1810, 1814-1816)

During the first two decades of the 19th Century, escaped American slaves formed a military cadre called Britain’s Royal Navy Corps of Colonial Marines.  After the War of 1812 these former soldiers established Trinidad’s “Merikin” communities.  These black marines in the British Navy were first organized in 1808 to … Read MoreBritish Corps of Colonial Marines (1808-1810, 1814-1816)

Henry “Box” Brown (1816-1889)

To escape enslavement on a plantation near Richmond, Virginia, Henry “Box” Brown in 1849 exploited maritime elements of the Underground Railroad.  Brown’s moniker “Box” was a result of his squeezing himself into a box and having himself shipped 250 miles from Richmond, Virginia to Philadelphia, … Read MoreHenry “Box” Brown (1816-1889)