History of Washington DC

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.

Purchase of Manhattan

The Dutch felt like they got a steal on the purchase of Manhattan. The Lenape they delt with, however, left that meeting with a very different impression.

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.

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?

Atlantic World

A look into the history of the Atlantic World, and the way historians use the Atlantic World paradigm to reinvent the way we think about the past.

Hans Staden's True History

Hans Staden’s True History is a tale of how a German ended up in Portuguese Brazil on a Spanish ship and as a captive of the TupĂ­-Namba peoples. It’s quite the ride.

Amerigo Vespucci

After sailing the east coast of South America for years, Amerigo Vespucci and his name became attached to the continent he explored.

American Empire

Since the beginning, the United States has been an empire. After the founding fathers called for an ‘Empire of Liberty,’ their children did their damndest to bring it to fruition.

Empires

Empires, from ancient to modern, have sought to justify their conquests, using buzzwords form ‘Christianity’ to ‘civilization’ to ‘democracy.’

French Empire

The history of New France and the French empire was dominated by French missionaries, who acted as an arm of the French empire – though perhaps unknowingly.