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Calamity Jane

You may have heard stories about the famous Calamity Jane but did you ever find yourself wondering why she was called Calamity? Of all the beautiful names in the world that she could have been known for why ‘calamity’? Who gave her this name first or how it all began for her to get stuck… Continue reading Calamity Jane

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Battle of Horseshoe Bend

Tallapoosa County, Alabama, which was formerly known as Horseshoe Bend, witnessed a violent and bloody war on the morning of March 27, 1814. The Battle of Horseshoe Bend became known as the deciding battle of the Creek War between the American Indians and the European Americans. The grueling years of misery, treaties and battles for… Continue reading Battle of Horseshoe Bend

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Treaty of Fort Stanwix

History really does give a major insight into yesteryears and how different processes, trends and cultures were before the industrial revolution and innovation in technology. Wars took place left, right and centre, and nations used most of their resources in order to expand their lands and to gain more power. It is also interesting to… Continue reading Treaty of Fort Stanwix

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The Oregon Trail – America’s Pioneer Route

The main pathway followed by Americans looking for new lands and opportunities on the frontier, during the 1800s, was known as the Oregon Trail. The route stretched 2000 miles from Missouri, over the Great Plains and the Continental Divide, ending in the Californian gold fields and the Willamette Valley. Between 1840 and 1860 more than… Continue reading The Oregon Trail – America’s Pioneer Route

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The Cattle Trails of the Wild West

During 19th century America, the cattle drives in the west became essential to the livelihood of a large part of the population. In the peak of the era, over 20 million animals were transported from Texas to railheads in Kansas, to be shipped to Chicago and other places in the east. The drives would begin… Continue reading The Cattle Trails of the Wild West