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Thursday, October 8, 2015

The Great Exhibition of 1891

de bene esse: literally, of well-being, morally acceptable but subject to future validation or exception

In spite of gloomy predictions that it could never be ready on time, what was described as "the most extraordinary event in the history of the Gulf of Mexico and the West Indies" opened as scheduled on January 27, 1891. Quite apart from 14 Caribbean territories, not only did Britain, Canada and the United States of America exhibit, but so did Sweden, Norway, Belgium, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Greece, France and faraway Tsarist Russia, India, and Ceylon (as Sri Lanka was then known).
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