Category Archives: European History

A Dozen Facts You Should Know About The War Of 1812

The loss of its colonies frustrated Britain. After-all, those 13 American colonies had been a major source of income for the mother country. Now, the United States wanted to trade and make money (and complete) with Britain, and that wasn’t … Continue reading

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The Top 10 Things You Should Know About The Barbary Wars

So, America built six frigates, but those weren’t the only warships in the fledging navy. The Barbary Wars tend to be forgotten conflicts in overview studies of U.S. History, but they are incredibly important for understanding diplomacy and America’s earliest … Continue reading

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The First Six Frigates

The Naval Act of 1794 permitted the construction of six frigates during time of conflict. The captains and ship yards got started, but the potential conflict on the horizon disappeared and according to the agreement, construction was supposed to stop too. … Continue reading

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Their First Vote

In U.S. history, who was the first African American to vote? Who was the first woman? What year? (Yes, I said “year”, not “years.”) No, that first vote wasn’t in a presidential election. It wasn’t even in a state election. … Continue reading

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Two Winters Far From Home

Meriweather Lewis, William Clark, and the Corps of Discovery spent two years exploring the American West. That meant they spent two winters far from home and had to build sturdy shelters to survive the cold months. Today we’ll explore the two … Continue reading

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New Stuff To Take West

When Meriweather Lewis and William Clark mustered their group of soldiers and river-men to begin the trek west into the Louisiana Purchase territory, they took some new inventions with them. President Jefferson liked new stuff and even made quite a … Continue reading

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