Happy Anniversary Uncle Sam?

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Commonly accepted as the nickname for the United States Federal Government, the term Uncle Sam provokes thoughts of the Stars and Stripes, patriotism and that guy with the beard trying to recruit you to the army. According to an eye witness report in the May 12th 1830 edition of the New York Gazette, today was the day in history when …

30 Years after Mount St. Helens – Where does the danger now lie?

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30 years ago today Mount St. Helens erupted causing devastation to the surrounding area. Local towns such as Ritzville, LaRue and Morton were covered with volcanic ash in various forms from sticky mudballs to black sand. Read this account in the Seattle times. Lives were lost and treasured wildlife destroyed in the immediate aftermath. But with 30 years of peace …

Great Journey West Begins…

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On May 14 1804, one year after the United States doubled its territory with the Louisiana Purchase, the then President Thomas Jefferson dispatched Lewis and Clark on their historic quest to explore and map  the uncharted West. The journey is more than two men and than their story, its a famous event in US history that opened the Western United …

US Civil War at Maps101

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On this day in 1861 the bombardment of Fort Sumter, near Charleston, North Carolina, began the US Civil War. Maps101 subscribers can see lots of maps, animations and more great videos covering US History and the Civil War like this one –