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.

Expulsion of the Acadians

The Expulsion of the Acadians is a tale of complex alliances, uneasy neutrality, and the awful power of the British Empire at its height.

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.

Beaver Wars Mourning Wars

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?

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.

Real History of Thanksgiving

The real history of Thanksgiving is story of an unsteady peace between the Wampanoag and the Plymouth colony. And the Pilgrims weren’t as thankful as we like to think.

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.

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.