Tag: Post Revolution

The New Madrid Earthquakes of 1811

New Madrid, Missouri was at the back end of nowhere.  It was technically a respectably sized town on the Mississippi River between St. Louis and Natchez, but this was not a great achievement.  In 1811, the population was about 1,000 people made up of farmers, fur traders and pioneers supplemented by French Creoles and Native […]

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Three Flags Day

The Louisiana Purchase was a big deal.  (Read more about the ins and outs of it in this post:  http://www.historynaked.com/the-louisiana-purchase/)  It was a great deal for the United States, but it was somewhat of an administrative nightmare.  The territory being turned over was huge.  Also, it technically belonged to the French as part of a […]

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The Spanish Conspiracy

The beginnings of the United States of America were not as cut and dried as our high school history textbooks would like us to believe.  We did not declare independence from Great Britain then happily stand shoulder to shoulder to enforce manifest destiny and grow the country from sea to shining sea.  There were a […]

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The Election of 1800

So my son asked me last night what happens if the presidential election ends up in a tie.  Putting on my historian’s hat, I began to tell him about the Election of 1800.  That led into a discussion of the Electoral College, and if you ever have to try to describe that to a ten […]

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