The History of Perth: From Aboriginal Origins to Modern Times

The History of Perth: From Aboriginal Origins to Modern Times 1

Perth in Western Australia is sometimes mistaken for Perth in Scotland, and it happens for a reason. In fact, James Stirling, the first governor of Western Australia, named the city after Perth, Scotland in the year 1829 in honour of the birthplace of Sir George Murray, who was the Secretary of State for War and …

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The History of Guns in American Culture

The History of Guns in American Culture 2

The United States of America has had an obsession with guns for almost the entirety of US history. Images of patriots firing muskets at Redcoats, cowboys heading out on posses, hunters chasing down buffalo and Special Forces triumphing over extremists are common components of the collective American psyche. This sets America apart from many other …

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Slavery in America: United States’ Black Mark

Slavery in America: United States' Black Mark 3

Though slavery in America has long since been illegal in the United States, the ramifications of the African slave trade that almost broke the new nation are still felt throughout American society, politics, and culture today. While the rest of the world had long engaged in the forced servitude of people throughout history, America was …

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The Louisiana Purchase: America’s Big Expansion

The Louisiana Purchase: America's Big Expansion 4

With the ink of the Revolutionary War Treaty of Paris documents barely dried, the Louisiana Purchase in 1803 took the fledgling American nation from being 13 colonies that stretched to the Mississippi, to a country that encompassed everything from the Atlantic to the Rockies. Not only did the land acquisition of the Louisiana Purchase doubled …

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Westward Expansion: Definition, Timeline, and Map

Westward Expansion: Definition, Timeline, and Map 5

The very word “West” in American history has all sorts of different connotations; from cowboys and Indians to dust bowls and Davy Crockett, the American West is as diverse as it is expansive. The drive that led the Founding Fathers, and particular Thomas Jefferson, to seek agreements that would allow American soil to stretch from …

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