|Ukraine in the News|
The Boston Weekly News-Letter
Just in case you're not reading the newspapers permit me to bring you up to speed on events in Crimea, the Ukraine, Russia, and Europe as a whole - in February 1736 as reported in the Boston Weekly News-Letter.
Headlines of the day include a report from London on the wreck of the William of Hamburg Capt. by Cleaves worms which the English admiralty valiantly attempted to save from from plundering and looting from small fishing vessels - ineffectively it turns out. The ship's master, a man and a woman passenger were drowned, while the mate and seven seamen save themselves in the long boat.
The report continues from Petersburg, Russia as follows:
"That the Russian Court in order to give a stronger Proof than hitherto of their Resolution to keep a strict Correspondence with Sweden, has engaged to reimburse the Which the Late King Charles XII, Borrowed in Holland, during the Last War, and for Which He Mortgaged the Customs of Riga, One of the Concord Towns since Yielded to Russia by the Treaty of Nystadt. And the Condition of this Reimbursement is actually comprised in the Treaty renewed by the to Courts. These Letters added, that the Crim Tartars actually made an Incursion into the Ukraine, and committed great Disorders, but were repulsed with Loss by the Russian Troops."
The Crim Tartars are the invaders from Asia who settled in the Crimea and eventually became vassals to the Ottoman Sultan helping themselves to slave [Slavs] as a money making enterprise. Earlier accounts noted vast empty spaces, much like the American Great Plains, that were in need of settlers. In order to fill the great spaces of the Ukraine, a bounty was offered to anyone from the regions around Moscow who would go and settle these border regions.
 The Boston Weekly News-Letter.;
Thursday February 5, to Thursday February 12, 1736.
Transcribed by John Peter Thompson. March 3, 2014.