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The 1790s is the tenth and final decade of the 18th century. In France, it is dominated by the French Revolution, the Reign of Terror, and the rise of Napoleon. In the United States, it saw much of George Washington's presidency, as well as that of John Adams. And in the United Kingdom, it saw the beginnings of King George III's mental illness and the subsequent Regency.

Known Events[]

  • 1790
    • The U.S. patent system begins.[1]
  • 1791
    • U.S. Congress adopts the Bill of Rights[2], including the First Amendment, guaranteeing freedom of the press.[3]
    • The Haitian Slave Revolt begins.[4]
  • 1792
    • "La Marseillaise", the French national anthem, is written.
  • 1793
    • Marie Antoinette is beheaded.[5]
    • Child labor is introduced at the first U.S. cotton mill.[6]
  • 1794
    • The Whiskey Rebellion is defeated.[7]
    • Eli Whitney patents his cotton gin.[8]
    • The Federation of the Journeymen Cordwainers, the first long-lasting trade union in the US, is formed.[9]
  • 1795
  • 1796
    • Edward Jenner creates the smallpox vaccine.[10][11]
    • Antoine Favre invents the music box.[12]
  • 1797
    • Abigail Adams becomes First Lady.[13]
  • 1798
  • 1799
  • Undated
    • Alexander Hamilton leads the Federalist Party.[14]

Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego?[]

In Episode 28, the Time Pilots meet Millennia, who talks about how her neighbor Edward Jenner came up with the crazy idea of inoculating patients with cowpox to protect them from smallpox. This idea was so crazy it worked, and that's how vaccination got its name, from the Latin word for "cow". Thus the Time Pilots travel forward to 1796.

In Season 2, Episode 7, Jacqueline Hyde is sent by Carmen Sandiego to the United States in the 1790s to steal the Federalist Party, sending the Time Pilots on a chase through the history of political parties.

In Season 2, Episode 44, Dr. Belljar is sent by Carmen Sandiego to Switzerland in the 1790s to steal Antoine Favre's music box, sending the Time Pilots on a chase through the history of sound recordings.

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