Beginning in the colonial era, the goddess Columbia became a powerful symbol for the Americas and, later, the United States.
The Pequot War is remembered as one of the first and most destructive colonial wars in early America – and, potentially, the first genocide. Sounds fun, right?!
Chocolate dates back thousands of years in Mesoamerica, though it didn’t arrive in Europe until the 1500s. But, once it did, the continent’s rich and famous became grade A chocoholics.
The story of the Little Ice Age is one of winters so cold that rivers froze, summers so arid crops failed, and people so desperate that history changed. Who ever said a centuries long climatological phenomenon couldn’t make for a compelling story?
After being forced out of their Canadian homeland, over 2,000 Acadians immigrated to Louisiana after almost a decade of exile in American colonies, England, and France. They made their home down on the bayou.
The Expulsion of the Acadians is a tale of complex alliances, uneasy neutrality, and the awful power of the British Empire at its height.
The Spanish Requirement of 1513 contained a twisted logic that enabled the slaughter of indigenous peoples across the Americas.
We’ve all read about those Europeans who came to the colonial Americas to live. But what of those who came to die? Among the more religiously minded colonists, especially those who belonged to the Society of Jesus, the notion of being a martyr, of joining the hallowed ranks of the early converts slaughtered in Roman coliseums, was an appealing one. Or, at least, so they claimed.
Two ideas, the Beaver Wars and the Mourning Wars, have defined the way we think of the Franco-Iroquoian conflicts of the sixteenth-century. Which is better?