Benjamin Franklin invented bifocals in the 1780s as his vision worsened so he could continue to read and learn French – and perhaps continue to woo French ladies.

The port of colonial Philadephia, one of the reasons it became so important in colonial America

Philadelphia became an important part of colonial America for its rich port, great science and arts, and the Declaration of Independence.

Whether you call them patriots or vigilantes, the Green Mountain Boys played an interesting role in the early history of America and Vermont.

Join or Die American Revolution Political Cartoon

American Revolution political cartoons gives us some fascinating insight into how people perceived the war. Let’s examine a few of them!

Jefferson Archaeology

Thomas Jefferson pioneered the field of archaeology and was fascinated by mastodons. Can you dig it?

Benjamin Franklin in France

When Benjamin Franklin reached France in 1776 to serve as the American diplomat during the American Revolution, the French rolled out the red carpet for the New Word’s most famous man.

A map of early Washington DC, the result of the Compromise of 1790

After the American colonies won their independence from Britain, the debate over where exactly to put the national capital set in motion a series of meetings and backdoor deals fit only for the seat of power.

Quebec American Revolution

The Continental Congress attempted to convince their ‘friends and fellow subjects’ in Quebec to join in on the fun of the American Revolution. And they pulled out all the stops to flatter their amis to the north.

Nova Scotia American Revolution

Nova Scotia in the American Revolution: yes, it did almost happen! Though the idea of the original 13 has become sacrosanct, 14 damn near rebelled.

Tar and Feathering American Revolution

Tar and feathering in the American Revolution was far more violent than it’s often made out. Could it be categorized as an act of terror?