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Seward’s Folly: The History of the Alaska Purchase

The United States’ purchase of Alaska from the Russian Empire, or “Seward’s Folly” as it is known, was a pivotal moment in US history. The United States was just emerging from the ashes of the bloody Civil War and engaged in the highly contentious post-war period of Reconstruction. The purchase of Alaska by Secretary of …

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The Ships of the Great White Fleet

One of Theodore Roosevelt’s biggest accomplishments as president was the complete transformation and buildup of the US Navy. The culmination of his efforts led to the famed round the world cruise of the ships of “The Great White Fleet” from 1907-1909. The fleet of 16 battleships was meant to display newfound American power and show …

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The Devastating Bombing of Japan in World War II

On December 7th, 1941, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, officially drawing the United States into World War II. Luckily the bombing of Pearl Harbor was not a knockout blow and the US was able to recover relatively quickly. Payback and revenge was on the minds of many Americans when it came time to return the favor …

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The History of the Oregon Trail: Destinations & Disease

One of the largest peacetime migrations in US history occurred between the 1840s and 1870s. During this time hundreds of thousands of people headed west to the newly acquired lands of the US. Most of these people were in search of new opportunities and the American west was an area with the climate to provide. …

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The Population Boom of the California Gold Rush

In the 1840s the land now known as California was a Mexican territory with ~8,000 non-natives living within its realm. Eventually, the treaty ending the Mexican-American war would cede the territory of California over to the US in 1848. However, before signatures had even been placed, the discovery of gold at Sutter’s Mill completely changed …

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The Great Depression Unemployment Rate

The Great Depression was a worldwide economic crisis in the early 20th century that lasted for over a decade. There is no consensus among historians and economists over what exactly caused the event. Instead, it’s widely believed that a variety of factors combined together to form the crisis and its devastating impacts. One of the …

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Land Size of the Iroquois Confederacy by Nation chart

Land Size of the Iroquois Confederacy by Nation

The Iroquois Confederacy (or Haudenosaunee) was a group of Five Nations (later Six) historically located in upstate New York. They consisted of (from west to east) the Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, and Mohawk. Combined the Five Nations were one of the most powerful entities in the northeast. The land size of the Iroquois Confederacy consisted …

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The Devastation of the American Bison Population chart

The Devastation of the American Bison Population

The American bison is a species of bison that has populated the North American plains for thousands of years. It’s estimated that at one point nearly 30-60 million wandered the Americas. Due to a variety of factors in the 19th century the American bison population rapidly dwindled to the point of near extinction. The most …

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