Why 13 Colonies? By Shmoop

Why 13 Colonies? By Shmoop

Why 13 colonies? What’s so special about a baker’s dozen? Well, there are 10 commandments. A football team sends 11 players out onto the field at one time. There are 12 days of Christmas. And there were 13 original colonies. But why? Was there some significance to the number, or were the colonists just tempting […]

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Mission US: “For Crown or Colony?” Revitalized Game Promo

Mission US: “For Crown or Colony?” Revitalized Game Promo

It is the year 1770. You left your family farm at age 14 to become an apprentice in Boston. Trouble is brewing there. Do you support the views of the Patriots? Or are you loyal to the Crown? “For Crown or Colony?” The game that launched the award-winning Mission US series has gotten a major […]

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Why Some Former British Colonies Use Dollars

Why Some Former British Colonies Use Dollars

As anyone who knows anything about Britain knows, the United Kingdom uses a currency known as the Great British Pound. Also, look at that empire they once used to control. Impressive, right? Well, what about some of their former colonies? Do they use pounds? Well, Egypt does, but what about the others? Well, obviously America […]

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History Brief: The Albany Plan of Union and Committees of Correspondence (Old Version)

History Brief: The Albany Plan of Union and Committees of Correspondence (Old Version)

One important element that led to the War for Independence was a growing sense of unity among the thirteen colonies. In the decades prior to the Revolutionary War, a series of meetings and agreements between colonial leaders laid the foundation for a framework that led to American independence. The Albany Plan of Union was a […]

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Where US Politics Came From: Crash Course US History #9

Where US Politics Came From: Crash Course US History #9

Hi, I’m John Green, and this is Crash Course U.S. History, and now that we have a Constitution, it’s actually United States history. Today we’re going to look at the birth of America’s pastime. No, Stan, not baseball. Not football. Not eating. I mean politics, which in America has been adversarial since its very beginnings, […]

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The Natives and the English – Crash Course US History #3

Hi I’m John Green, this is Crash Course US History and today we’re going to talk about one of the worst relationships in American history. No Thought Bubble, not my college girlfriend and me. Mr. Green, Mr. Green! Your relationship with your high school girlfriend? Oh Me From The Past, you and I both know […]

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How America became a superpower

How America became a superpower

The modern United States is the most powerful country in human history. With over 800 military bases and 37% of global military spending, the United States has become the leader of a vast interconnected global system that has helped usher in an era of unprecedented prosperity and low levels of conflict. To understand America’s position […]

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Here’s How America Destroyed Hawaiian Culture

Known for its hula dances, lei garlands, and volcanic fruit drinks, Hawaii is that tropical slice of America reserved for romantic getaways and welcoming beach-side culture. While this idyllic view of the islands makes it great for an exotic vacation, the long origin of the aloha state is far less pristine and cheery. Today, we’re […]

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