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Possum History

30,000,000 BC The opossum befriends the dinosaurs, and lives in peace with its larger brothers and sisters.
BC Aztec myth refers to opossum.
1608 John Smith, before casting eyes on Pocahontas notices the Opossum. He names it and provides the first English language description of it.

Captain John's Smith's very words, written in 1608 shortly following the founding in 1607 of Jamestown Colony in Virginia: "An Opassom hath an head like a Swine, and a taile like a Rat, and is of the bignes of a Cat. Under her belly she hath a bagge, wherein shee lodgeth, carrieth, and sucketh her young."

The quote was provided in Carl G. Hartman's book, Possums (University of Texas Press, 1952)

1891? Paul Lawrence Dunbar, famous black poet and the Homer of the Possum World honors the possum in word and song.
1908? Presidential Candidate William Howard Taft is named Billy Possum. Numerous songs are written for Billy.
1965? Granny in Beverly Hillbillies TV Sitcom mistakenly refers to a possum as a big rat.
1996 Possum Network opens Internet outpost at http://PossumNetwork.com for those lacking a direct connection to the Possum Network


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