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Jedediah Smith

Jedediah Strong Smith was an American hero whose memory is treasured by the American people. He was born on 6th January 1799, in New York. He was known as an explorer and trader who loved to explore different parts of the US territory. He was the first-ever American to enter the state which is now… Continue reading Jedediah Smith

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‘Civilization’ of the American Indians

A major part of The Indian Removal Act was to ensure that Native Americans left their original ways behind and adopt European culture. Laws were established to ensure that Caucasian settlers, who were sympathetic to their cause, did not become involved in their attempts to maintain their ways. Boarding schools were built close to the… Continue reading ‘Civilization’ of the American Indians

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The American Indians – The Effects of Colonization

When Columbus discovered America in 1492, its indigenous people were already scattered across the land. Spanish settlers, and others that followed, began referring to the different ethnic bands, tribes and groups collectively as American Indians. Other terms used by these colonizers were Native Americans, Indigenous People and Aboriginals. The tribes were scattered throughout what is… Continue reading The American Indians – The Effects of Colonization

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Zachary Taylor

Zachary Taylor is a respected man within the United States of America and was their 12th president. He was born on the 24th of November in 1784, in Virginia and he died on the 9th of July in 1850. His final resting place is in Washington DC. Taylor was elected on the basis of his… Continue reading Zachary Taylor

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The Open Range

During the first half of the 19th century, the majority of cattle drives passed through the open range, which was unsettled land where the animals could roam freely. At first, the ranchers and farmers living in the area shared these fields willing. During the 1860s, however, many of them began fencing off their lands, using… Continue reading The Open Range