Mission Ruins of Venn’s Town: the remains of a 19th-century school perched atop a mountain surrounded by a thick tropical forest in Seychelles.

We are deep in the Morne Seychellois National Park where, perched on a mountaintop, lies the ruins of a mission named after Henry Venn (1796 – 1873) an Anglican missionary who in 1799 together with William Wilberforce (1759 – 1833), the English abolitionist, co-founded the Church Missionary Society to spread Christianity to the natives of Africa and Asia, as well as creating orphan asylums for children of slaves. Getting there is easy, it’s about 6 km drive from the city centre of Victoria, capital of Seychelles. A sign points at…

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#TodayInHistory – October 8

October 8 – Some important events on this day. 314 👉🏼 Battle at Cibalae: Roman emperor in the west Constantine beats emperor in the east Licinius 1480 👉🏼 Great standing on the Ugra river, standoff between forces of Akhmat Khan, Khan of the Great Horde, and Ivan III Grand Prince of all Rus, Tataro-Mongols retreat, leads to disintegration of the Horde. 1600 👉🏼 San Marino adopts constitution 1604 👉🏼 Supernova “Kepler’s nova” first sighted 1856 👉🏼 The Second Opium War or second Anglo-Chinese War: begins with the Arrow Incident on…

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