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  • The French and Indian War
    America's colonial wars
    Americans engaged in a number of conflicts as members of the British Empire before the Revolution. These conflicts took place between colonists and other colonial powers or Native Americans. On one hand, the colonists got caught up in Imperial...
  • Gardens of Williamsburg
    Walking Through Time in Williamsburg
    If you want to leave the noise, stress and chaos of the 21st Century and travel back to a simpler time, there's nothing quite like an early morning stroll down the Duke of Gloucester Street in Williamsburg, Virginia.By noon, DOG Street (as the...
  • Harvest Time at Fort Mose serves up 18th century foods
    Harvest Time at Fort Mose serves up 18th century foods
    Taste the foods the people of colonial Florida enjoyed this time of year at Harvest Time at Fort Mose. Culinary customs in the 18th century will be presented by volunteers from Florida Living History, Inc. in partnership with Fort Mose Historic...
  • Old wall at Fort William Henry
    The Massacre at Fort William Henry (1757)
    In 1757, the French laid siege on Fort William Henry. The English hoped for reinforcements, but surrendered after five days. The siege itself was almost a non-event in the grand scheme of the French and Indian war. However, France's Native...
  • Green Dragon Tavern
    Frankfort Advice
    As the delegates from Massachusetts approached Philadelphia for the First Continental Congress, they stopped in Frankford, Pennsylvania for a rest. It was during this rest stop a conversation took place which later became a pivotal moment in...
  • Plains of Abraham
    Days that changed America: Quebec (1759)
    Many Americans enjoyed being part of the British Empire. The British established their first North American colony in 1607. Over the next century and a half, Britain competed with France over global empire. That struggle led to a series of wars...
  • Landing at Jamestown
    Days that changed America: the first Africans arrive (1619)
    The first Africans arrived in America in 1619. However, their status relied on their class at first. Essentially, the first Africans were treated the same as lower class whites. This slowly changed over the course of the seventeenth century as the...
  • Pattison and Original Death
    Original Death by Eliot Pattison brings colonial America to life
    In the third installment of The Bone Rattler series, Duncan McCallum and his companion Conawago go in search of Conawago’s long lost nephew. What they find instead is a scene of terrible death with men, women, and children murdered. No...
  • Seal of New Hampshire
    Meshech Weare was colonial New Hampshire’s tower of strength
    The youngest of 14 children, Meshech Weare was born on June 16, 1713 in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire. The son of Nathaniel Weare and Mary Waite, Meshech graduated from Harvard College in 1735 and soon afterwards discovered his heart had been...
  • Fireworks on the Fourth of July
    We've come a long way since the colonists powdered up more than their wigs
    Women in Colonial America wore hardly any makeup at all. On the flip side Frenchwomen purposely wore makeup that reflected their social status. Europeans who traveledto the United States often noticed the natural appearance of American women. But...
  • The Pioneer's Thanksgiving
    A Pioneer’s Thanksgiving
    The late 1700’s/early 1800’s saw the beginnings of Thanksgiving spreading through the colonies. It was the biggest holiday of the year, predating Christmas in New England. Christmas did not arrive at the northern colonies until circa...
  • Yamasee Village
    Yamasee Indians almost destroyed Colony of South Carolina
    A reader from Charleston, SC wrote the Examiner with this question about Native American history:Dear Mr. Thornton: In a Southern Colonial History class this semester we studied the Yamasee War. My professor said that the ethnicity of the Yamasee...
  • Inventing a Nation
    Inventing a Nation: Washington, Adams, Jefferson by Gore Vidal
    I've always been interested in early American history. So I decided to add some nonfiction books to my 100 books in 1 year reading challenge for 2012. The first nonfiction title that I read from this list was Inventing a Nation: Washington,...
  • Pinecones
    Pineapples and Hospitality
    Every year during the Christmas holidays in Richmond and Colonial Williamsburg doors and windows are decorated with natural foliage, cedar, holly, pinecones, berries and pineapples. Oops, did we say pineapples?It is true that pineapples have...
  • American Heritage Chocolate Demo
    Breakfast of history and chocolate
    Typically when I think of American history I don't really think about chocolate. This is not the case for the good people of the Historic Division of MARS, Incorporated. Searching out the true history of chocolate and getting the facts to us...
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