Peoples are governed by not by realities but by myths. — J. A. Rogers, 1940
Clockwise from upper left: Thomas Frye, 1762, RCIN 604595; Johann George Ziesenis, 1761?, RCIN 403562; Allan Ramsay, 1762, RCIN 405308; Laurence Gahagan, 1818, RCIN 913891; Thomas Lawrence, 1789, NG4257
Introduction Since the 1940s, there has been a myth consisting of continually-evolving claims around the ancestry, ethnicity, and racial identity of Queen Charlotte. These claims began as an antiracist contention by Jamaican-American author J.