Charter Oak - King of the Forest in Connecticut - was used to outsmart the agent of King James II of Great Britain
If the white oak is the king of the forest, then the majestic Charter Oak was the High King. How befitting, then, that this ancient "King" in Connecticut, should house in secret the Charter that King James II of Great Britain so desperately wanted to revoke. The account of the historical event that occurred on October 31, 1687, makes it clear that this great white oak played a major role in the successful duping of King James II's agent, Royal Governor Sir Edmund Andros. Of course, it was Captain Joseph Wadsworth who is credited for having the courage to have the original Charter secreted in a hollow of the tree on the property of Samuel Wyllys.
That magnificent tree became designated a national monument. It stood until August 1856 when a severe late-night storm toppled it. One account says that, when counted, the annual rings totaled 1,000.
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The Charter Oak (Connecticut)
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