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17th Century Homestead
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Lincoln, Rhode Island
This beautiful stone-ender on Great Road in Lincoln was built in 1693 by Eleazer Arnold. Extravagant by the colonial standards of the time, it was known locally as "Eleazer's Mansion." It's justified, given the economic depression of a region that was recently devastated by King Philip's War in which almost every settlement in southern New England was burnt. As Arnold built his mansion, New England was once again embroiled in war, this time with New France and the Wabanaki Confederacy. In the colonies, it was known as "King William's War", but those of you in Europe may know of it as "The Nine Year's War", the "War of the Grand Alliance", or the "War of the League of Augsburg." It would be the first of four major wars fought between the Dominion of New England and the Dominion of New France, mirroring major events in Europe. In all four of the colonial wars, Indian tribes chose sides based on their own political necessities, with some supporting the French and others supporting the English. The shifting political borders between the French and English colonies are still felt today in terms of language and culture throughout smaller communities along the colonial borders.
Post processing started with a classic filter in Topaz B&W FX. I adjusted color sensitivity sliders, adaptive exposure, regions, contrast, boost black, boost white, protect highlights, and details. A black and white gradient map and a levels adjustment were added in PSE.