Adventure through American History


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United States Facts, Trivia & Firsts

Star Spangled Banner Flag

Did You Know?

John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died on July 4, 1826 – 50 years to the day after signing the Declaration of Independence.

In 1893, an amendment was proposed to rename the U.S. into the “United States of the Earth.”

The tomato was put “on trial” on September 25, 1820, in Salem, New Jersey. In front of a courthouse, Robert Johnson ate a basket of tomatoes to prove they were not poisonous. The crowd waited for him to keel over dead. He never did.

See more United States Facts, Trivia, and Firsts!

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Ellis Island – Island of Hope and Tears

Ellis Island, New York

From 1892 to 1924, Ellis Island was America’s largest and most active immigration station, where over 12 million immigrants were processed. On average, the inspection process took approximately 3-7 hours. For the vast majority of immigrants, Ellis Island truly was an “Island of Hope” – the first stop on their way to new opportunities and experiences in America. For the rest, it became the “Island of Tears” – a place where families were separated, and individuals were denied entry into the United States.  Learn more HERE.

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Bunker Hill Monument in Boston, Massachusetts by the National Park Service.

On June 17, both the British and the Colonists suffer great losses at the Battle of Bunker Hill. The battle is just one reason Boston is known for its key role in the American Revolution.  Let’s Explore Boston, Massachusetts – The Revolution Begins.

 

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Smallpox and America’s First Medical Mandate

smallpox patient

We Americans can thank, in part, smallpox for helping us win our independence. Read how General Washington’s insistence on inoculation helped save the Revolution HERE.

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Native Americans & the American Revolution

The Cherokee and the British

The Declaration of Independence accused King George III of unleashing “merciless Indian Savages” against innocent men, women, and children. The image of ferocious warriors propelled into action by a tyrannical monarch fixed in memory and imagination the Indians‘ role in the American Revolution and justified their subsequent treatment. But, many Indian nations tried to stay out of the conflict, some sided with the Americans, and those who fought with the British were not the king’s pawns: they allied with the Crown as the best hope of protecting their homelands from the encroachments of American colonists and land speculators.  Read more about American Indians & the American Revolution.

 

Explore More Native America

American Tribes Poster

 

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North West Company Fur Trading Post

Reconstructed North West Trading Post near Pine City, Minnesota by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.

 

The North West Fur Company Trading Post is a reconstructed fur trading post on the Snake River west of Pine City, Minnesota. The original post was established in the fall of 1804 by John Sayer, a partner in the North West Company, and built by his crew of voyageurs. Time for a Minnesota Road Trip to North West Fur Company Trading Post. 

 

Explore More Fur Trading on the Frontier

French fur traders on the Missouri River.

 

 

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Devil’s Promenade & the Hornet Spook Light

Hornet Spook Light near Joplin, Missouri

 

Bobbing and bouncing along a dirt road in northeast Oklahoma is the Hornet Spook Light, a paranormal enigma for more than a century. Described most often as an orange ball of light, the orb travels from east to west along a four-mile gravel road, long called the Devil’s Promenade by area locals. Venture if you dare HERE. 

 

See More Ghosts of Route 66

Haunted Lane, 1889

 

 

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