By Michael P. Johnson
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You are no fool, in fact. you recognize that the yankee Revolution began whilst these men in Boston threw a few tea off a ship. Or used to be it while Paul Revere made his well-known trip? let's accept it: by way of realizing approximately our nation's fight for independence, our grade-school stories are approximately as reliable as Benedict Arnold.
In 1513, just a couple of years earlier than Cortes conquered the Aztec empire, Juan Ponce de Leon and 3 shiploads of conquistadores landed simply south of what's now St. Augustine, Florida. The Spanish adventurers, besides the fact that, have been speedy pushed away via the Timucua humans; additional landings have been equally defeated by way of the extreme archers of the Calusa, who finally took the lives of Hernandez de Cordoba and Ponce de Leon himself.
Within the dramatic interval resulting in the yank Revolution, no occasion did extra to foment patriotic sentiment between colonists than the armed profession of Boston via British squaddies. as though an Enemy's state is Richard Archer's gripping narrative of these serious months among October 1, 1768 and the wintry weather of 1770 while Boston was once an occupied city.
This primary quantity of significant concerns in American background -- 3 volumes of records that hide the historical past of the US from its payment to the current -- provides us a beneficiant sampling from the key political controversies within the Colonial interval. integrated are such files as Richard Hakluyt's "Discourse of Western Planting" (1584), "Letter from Christopher Columbus to the King and Queen of Spain" (undated, most likely 1694), "The 3rd Virginia constitution" (1612), Thomas Paine's "Common experience" (1776) and "The announcement of independence" (July four, 1776).
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