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The California Gold Rush 1849: The Wonder and The Horror

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” This quote by Charles Dickens was meant to describe the upheaval caused by the French Revolution. But it could just as easily have been used to describe the chaos that erupted shortly after a certain carpenter named James Wilson Marshall, from New Jersey, found… Continue reading The California Gold Rush 1849: The Wonder and The Horror

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The American Revolution – Heroes and Villains

The unexpected outcome of The American Revolution was achieved, in part, by the bravery of the American militia and the cooperation of the country’s citizens. General George Washington proved himself one of the greatest military leaders in history, while others made notable contributions to the war. These included: Ethan Allen Allen was given the task… Continue reading The American Revolution – Heroes and Villains

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Butch Cassidy – South America and the Possibility of Life after Death

After approaching Governor Herbert Wells of Utah for an amnesty that wasn’t granted, Cassidy and the Wild Bunch continued their life of crime. Between 1900 and 1901 the gang were responsible for numerous robberies, and the killing of several law enforcement officers. In addition, they lost a few of their own members and the gang… Continue reading Butch Cassidy – South America and the Possibility of Life after Death

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Butch Cassidy – Gang Leader of the Wild Bunch

Many of the names of the outlaws in the Wild West have lived on through books, TV shows, old newspaper clippings and wanted posters. One of the era’s most notorious bank and train robbers was Butch Cassidy, who formed The Wild Bunch and later partnered with The Sundance Kid. Their criminal activity took place in… Continue reading Butch Cassidy – Gang Leader of the Wild Bunch

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Thomas Jefferson and the Louisiana Purchase

In 1803, the Louisiana Purchase by the United States for $15 million increased the amount of territory the country owned by 828,000 square miles, doubling its size. The newly acquired land stretched from the Mississippi River in the east to the Rocky Mountains in the west, and from the Gulf of Mexico in the south… Continue reading Thomas Jefferson and the Louisiana Purchase