Mrs. Dogood was Franklin’s first pseudonym, created when he was sixteen year old and serving as a printer’s apprentice to his brother James. Silence Dogood was a middle-aged widow who looked at the world with a humorous and satiric eye. Her letter dealt with a range of topics from love and courtship to the state of education in Massachusetts. In all, fifteen Silence Dogood letters were published in James Franklin’s New England Courant.
This type of cipher was used but it is called the Arnold Cipher not the Ottendorf Cipher. This cipher was developed by Benedict Arnold (famous Revolutionary Traitor), and used in his correspondence with John Andre.
Yes. National archives are real and have a wealth of information.
Yes. The back of a $100.00 bill shows the time 2:22 on the Independence clock tower.
Yes the curve a clear water bottle can be used as a simple magnifier.
Trinity church was originally build in the 1600’s, but was burned down and rebuilt two times. The final rebuilding of the church placed it in its location in the movie but not when the “map” would have been drawn.
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Declaration of Independence
Declaration of Independence is a real document. This document is on display and in the case shown in the movies.
There is no treasure map on the back of the Declaration of independence. The only writing on the back is “Original Declaration of Independence, dated 4th July 1776”.
Yes, in 1776 there was no Daylight Savings and it was first suggested by Benjamin Franklin.