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.
The Tryal Rebellion of 1805 is a little known account of a shipboard slave uprising in the South Pacific off the coast of Chile. In 1803 a number of West African Muslims were purchased by the Spanish in what is now Senegal and put on … Read MoreThe Tryal Slave Ship Rebellion, 1805