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Early Days in the USA

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4.1k votersMyths About Colonial America, DebunkedFor many in the United States, the colonial period is murky and full of half-remembered stories from school. We may recall some im...
US History
2.2m views10 Mysterious And Creepy Items Discovered At Jamestown, VirginiaJamestown, VA, is the site of the first permanent English settlement in the New World. Established in 1607, the colony was initial...
USA
1.7m viewsUtterly Fascinating Theories Behind The Vanishing Roanoke ColonyThe disappearance of the Roanoke colony long remained one of the oldest unsolved mysteries in the United States. It all began back...
Weird
483.7k views15 Bizarre and Cruel Ways People Tested WitchesThe mass hysteria that gripped people during the numerous witch trials that took place in our history is still difficult to unders...
USA
82.6k viewsHow Did Every US State Get Its Name?Have you ever wondered where your state's name comes from? If you assume they come from the indigenous peoples who once lived ther...
What It's Like
780.1k viewsWhat Was Hygiene Like In Colonial America?Personal hygiene in the 1700s was heavily maintained through a complicated balance of practicality, religious belief, and social p...
History
274.5k viewsWhat Happened Directly After The American Revolution Ended?What happened right after the Revolutionary War ended? It's easy to think the United States of America was born immediately after ...
USA
414.1k viewsStrange Stories You Might Not Know About Colonial AmericansIt's not too much of a stretch to assume we live in a strange time, but there are plenty of strange stories about early Americans ...
USA
442.1k viewsWhat Life on the Oregon Trail Was Really LikeLife on the Oregon Trail was both incredibly boring and extremely dangerous. Pioneers had to exercise extreme caution and a lot of...
US History
51.2k viewsRemember Playing 'Oregon Trail'? Here's How Those Causes Of Death Would Have Played Out IRLJohnny has dysentery! Sarah has a snakebite! In a way that somehow mixed gruesome history with the fun of pixelated color, the Ore...
Spellbook
552.6k views9 Misconceptions And Falsehoods About The Salem Witch TrialsOne of the most interesting misconceptions about the Salem witch trials is that they were the first and only witch hunts that took...
39.9k viewsAfter Escaping Native American Captivity, A 17th-Century Woman Wrote A Best-SellerIt was the book everyone was talking about in colonial America — a harrowing memoir of a reverend's wife who had been dragged from...
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92.5k viewsThe Bride Ships Of 1620, Colonial America's First Transatlantic Party BusesJamestown, Virginia, arose as the first permanent English settlement in the New World, largely thanks to the strength and resilien...
US History
48.6k views31 Women's Suffrage Postcards That Show How Far We've ComeAround 4,500 women's suffrage-themed postcards were produced in the US and UK between 1890 and 1915, a time that also just so happ...
History
14.4k viewsEverything You Wanted To Know About The Sons Of LibertyYou’ve heard about them in history class, but who were the Sons of Liberty, really? The Sons of Liberty was founded by many men yo...
Whoa Facts
7.3k viewsDetails About Bacon's Rebellion That Didn't Make It Into Your History TextbookOften, when people recall Bacon's Rebellion, they think of the patriotic stand Nathaniel Bacon took against the Commonwealth, whic...
US History
203 votersAll The Currency That Existed In The United States Before The USDThough the United States dollar was officially adopted in 1785, paper currency didn't fully enter circulation until the Civil War....