Meet the new Boss, same as the old Boss – part1

I’ll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around me
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
Then I’ll get on my knees and pray
We don’t get fooled again
Don’t get fooled again
No, no!

instrumental interlude

Meet the new boss
Same as the old boss

Wont’ Get Fooled Again, the Who (1971), Pete Townshend

Part 1  – The “Pope” of “Rome” on the “Tiber”

Once, when I was listening to a series of presentations by Jordan Maxwell, he mentioned that the current plot of land that Washington D.C. sits on was once referred to as Rome. He didn’t elaborate about the details of this, but he said something to the effect, “someone better start doing their homework”. As with most of his material, Maxwell blends and weaves things that don’t seem to have a common thread but with further investigation they eventually come together to expose a theme. Intrigued by that statement, I decided to dig into the statement and find out what he was talking about, and this series entitled Meet the new Boss, Same as the old Boss, is the result.

The historical origins of the plot of land that became known as Washington D.C. go back to 1663 or 1664, depending on the source, when an Englishman by the name of Francis Pope purchased the plot.

Taken from, the Records of the American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia, Volume 23

On 13th May, 1664, the Colonial authorities of Maryland issued to Francis Pope a patent for a tract of land of 400 acres situated on “ Tiber ” Creek which he named
“ Rome.” This tract fell within the lines of the present City of Washington. The Capitol is situated on or near it. Mr. Pope evidently had a desire to be the “ Pope ” of
“ Rome ” on the “ Tiber.”

According to numerous accounts, Mr. Pope was quite a quirky fellow to the extent that he actually thought himself as the pope of the land. Perhaps Pope’s proclivities were a  foreshadowing of the political machinations that will become synonymous involving that plot of land. The following is taken from Records of the American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia Volume XXII

“ Francis Pope, the patentee of 1663, was quite a character in the early days of the Province. Being named Pope he thought fit in a humorous vein to call his farm
Rome and the little stream that ran through it Tiber.”

In another account of Mr. Pope’s either sense of humor or delusional self-importance comes from the Records – Columbia Historical Society of Washington, Volume 23

Previously, this Capitol Hill tract, embracing some four hundred acres, which included much of the site of Washington City, was the property of one Francis Pope, a man of either a rollicking sense of humor or of an immense opinion of his own importance—for being a Pope he termed his domain Rome and rechristened the large Goose creek which flowed through it the Tiber, a name it retained throughout the years, until all visible traces of it were obliterated by the march of progress. 

Indeed, “progress” has erased any visible trace to the presence of Goose Creek or Tiber as the creek was arched over and turned into a sewer. Perhaps more foreshadowing of shitty things to come.

Upon visiting the embryo of Washington in 1803, The poet Tom Moore composed the following:

“In fancy now beneath the twilight gloom
Come let me lead thee o’er this second Rome;
Where tribunes rule and dusky Davi bow
And what was Goose Greek then is Tiber now;
This embryo Capital where fancy sees
Squares in morasses, obelisks in trees. . . .”

Two pieces of the puzzle, Pope & Tiber, as to the origins of the land plot now known as the Washington D.C. have been revealed The third piece is as it relates to the reference of Rome.

Mister Pope was a Englishman of Catholic decent as stated in GLEASON’S PICTORIAL DRAWING-ROOM COMPANION

ln 1663, the present site of Washington city was called Rome, and a small stream running through its centre, the “ Tiber.” The owner was Francis Pope, a Catholic.

also in The Catholic Historical Review it states:

One  hundred  and  twenty-seven  years  before  George Washington selected the site of the Federal City, several pioneer Catholics of Maryland had acquired title to the portion on which that splendid group of buildings,  the United States Capitol, its adjacent offices, and the Library of Congress now stands.  When the Commissioners appointed by President Washington purchased the American  Capitoline Hill, it formed  part of the domain of
Cerne Abbey Manor, and, under this historic Catholic appellation, it is engraved on the earliest maps of the District of Columbia. A mass of evidence is available to prove the Catholic ownership of  this property from  1668,  when  the first  entry concerning it
appeared  in  the  Provincial  Records of  Maryland,  until  1790, when it became part of the National Capital.

Although the quote does not name Francis Pope specifically, it does imply his ownership in the chain of owners of the parcel of land, that eventually became Washington D.C., as being those of Catholic decent including Francis Pope. Assuming that Mr. Pope was a devout Catholic, it would make sense that he may want to pay tribute to the center of his religious beliefs of Catholicism, and name the plot of land Rome.

So what’s the big deal about all this? Is this just mere coincidence or serendipity? Or is there more to the formation and hidden meaning of the founding of our “country” that has been withheld from us.

The next key word to the investigation is from the last quote; Capitoline Hill.

Information Sources

‘Pope’ of ‘Rome’ on the ‘Tiber’ (OCR)

Francis Pope 1 (OCR)

Francis Pope 2 (OCR)

Francis Pope 3 (OCR)

The Catholic Historical Review – Capitoline Hill (OCR)

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