Tag Archive: American History

Mar 10

Manhattan Island

Manhattan is one of the five boroughs (counties) that make up the city of New York. Manhattan is an island in New York City surrounded by the Hudson, East, and Harlem rivers. 13½ miles (22 km) long; 2½ miles (4 km) greatest width; totaling 22¼ sq. mi. (58 sq. km). The first Europeans to reach …

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Jan 03

Johnny Appleseed

Born September 26, 1774, in the town of Leominster, Massachusetts, John Chapman – aka Johnny Appleseed was an American pioneer frontiersman. In American folklore his name is legendary, but much of the legend is simply blown out of proportion. Many myths surround his life-story, but one thing is for sure; he was responsible for propagating …

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Jul 03

July 4th, 1776, A Declaration…

A motion for independence was introduced and agreed to by a majority of the colonies on July 1st, 1776, at the beginning of the Second Continental Congress. The next few days were spent revising the language and the Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4th. Artist, John Trumbull, rendition of the signing of the …

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Jan 16

Benjamin Franklin

  I’ll tell you where the four winds dwell In Franklin’s tower there hangs a bell It can ring, turn night today It can ring like fire when you lose your way. * At the conclusion of the Constitutional Convention, Ben Franklin, one of the most senior members in attendance, was asked, “What have you …

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