It is always an interesting journey researching words, their origins, their various meanings from times past and in present times.
What is, and from where did, the term “caucus” come from?
Possibly one of the recent places the term “caucus” is used in a modern context is in the diary of John Adams (second president of the United States), dated 1763:
“This day learned that the Caucas Clubb meets at certain Times in the Garret of Tom Daws... There they smoke tobacco till you cannot see from one End of the Garrett to the other. There they drink Phlip I suppose, and there they choose a Moderator, who puts Questions to the Vote regularly, and select Men, Assessors, Collectors, Wardens, Fire Wards, and Representatives are Regularly chosen before they are chosen in the Town...”I emboldened the last portion of John's excerpt to highlight an interesting point.
Although the political term “caucus/caucuses” is spelled with a “u”, an earlier term “Caucasus” (spelled with an “a”) is a region known to be the ancient domain of Caucas, descendent of Japheth, one of three sons of Noah.
Regarding Noah, what was written many thousand of years prior to the world's historical outcome as we may understand it Today, this is the account:
“He also said,
Praise be to the Lord, the God of Shem!
May Canaan be the slave of Shem.
May God extend Japheth’s territory;
may Japheth live in the tents of Shem,
and may Canaan be the slave of Japheth.”
- Genesis 9: 26-27
Considering how mankind spread over the earth, and by which tribes or ancestry this process has occurred, we can trace how and which peoples migrated, built civilizations, and what other efforts done according to evidence left in the dirt.
There is much left to be discovered, realized and understood Today in the new age, the Way of reconciliation and unity of all mankind under God's love in Christ.