4th Of July: Nine Myths Debunked
Many stories of U.S. independence turn out to be more 4th of July fiction than fact—and "National Treasure" isn't the only culprit.
9 Things You May Not Know About The Declaration Of Independence
As people across the United States celebrate the nation’s birthday, explore nine surprising facts about the founding document adopted on July 4, 1776.
Behind the Scenes - Address to the Nation - Bill Clinton (1993)
1993 Bill Clinton speech about the cruise missiles strike on Iraq in June 1993 as both a retaliation and a warning triggered by the attempted assassination by Iraqi agents on former U.S. President Geo...
How did the bald eagle become America’s national bird?
The bald eagle’s role as a national symbol is linked to its 1782 landing on the Great Seal of the United States. Shortly after the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776, the Continent...
Great Northern Expedition
The Great Northern Expedition (Russian: Великая Северная экспедиция) or Second Kamchatka expedition (Russian: Вторая Камчатская экспедиция) was one of the largest organised exploration enterpr...
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Russian America
Russian America (Russian: Русская Америка, Russkaya Amerika) was the name of Russian colonial possessions in the Americas from 1733 to 1867. Settlements spanned parts of what are now the US states...
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Russian-American Company
The "Russian-American Company Under the Supreme Patronage of His Imperial Majesty" (Russian: Под высочайшим Его Императорского Величества покровительством Российская-Американская Компания) was a s...
Russian-American Company - Wikipedia
4th Of July: Nine Myths Debunked
Many stories of U.S. independence turn out to be more 4th of July fiction than fact—and "National Treasure" isn't the only culprit.
Alaska purchase
The Alaska Purchase was the United States' acquisition of Alaska from the Russian Empire in 1867 by a treaty ratified by the U.S. Senate.Russia wanted to sell its Alaskan territory, fearing that it mi...
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Province of Carolina
The Province of Carolina was an English and later a British colony of North America. Carolina was originally founded in what is modern day North Carolina. Carolina expanded south, and at its greatest ...
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Russian Fort Elizabeth
Russian Fort Elizabeth is a National Historic Landmark and is administered as the Russian Fort Elizabeth State Historical Park just southeast of present day Waimea on the island of Kauaʻi in Haw...
Russian Fort Elizabeth - Wikipedia
Bering Strait
169°0′W / 66.000°N 169.000°W / 66.000; -169.000The Bering Strait (Russian: Берингов пролив, Beringov proliv, Yupik: Imakpik) is a strait 82 kilometres (51 mi; 44 ...
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Herman of Alaska
Saint Herman of Alaska (Russian: Преподобный Герман Аляскинский, c. 1750s – November 15, 1836) was a Russian Orthodox monk and missionary to Alaska, which was then part of Russian America. His gentle ...
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Gerhard Friedrich Müller
Gerhard Friedrich Müller (29 October 1705 – 22 October 1783) was a historian and pioneer ethnologist.
Müller was born in Herford, while he was educated at Leipzig. In 1725, he was invited to St. ...
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California Fur Rush
Before the 1849 California Gold Rush, American, English and Russian fur hunters were drawn to Spanish (and then Mexican) California in a California Fur Rush, to exploit its enormous fur resources. Bef...
California Fur Rush - Wikipedia
Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
The Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations was one of the original English Thirteen Colonies established on the east coast of North America. After the American Revolution, it became the U.S...
Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations - Wikipedia
Joasaph Bolotov
Bishop Joasaph (secular name Ivan Ilyich Bolotov, Russian: Иоанн Ильич Болотов; 1761 – May 1799) was a Russian Orthodox missionary, bishop of Kodiak, vicar of Irkutsk diocese.He came to Alaska as ...
Phoenix (Alaska)
The Phoenix was the first Russian-American Company ship built in Russian America (roughly equivalent to today's Alaska). It was constructed under the direction of James George Shields, a British marin...
First Kamchatka Expedition
The First Kamchatka Expedition was commissioned in December 1724 by Peter I of Russia to explore the northern part of Pacific Ocean and confirm the presence of the strait between Asia and America. It ...
First Kamchatka Expedition - Wikipedia
Vasili Pronchishchev
Vasili Vasilyevich Pronchishchev (Russian: Василий Васильевич Прончищев) (1702–9 September [O.S. 29 August] 1736) was a Russian explorer.In 1718, Vasili Pronchishchev graduated f...
Vasili Pronchishchev - Wikipedia
Khariton Laptev
Khariton Prokofievich Laptev (Russian: Харитон Прокофьевич Лаптев) (1700–1763) was a Russian naval officer and Arctic explorer.Khariton Laptev was born in a gentry family in the village of Pokarev...
Perry Collins
Perry McDonough Collins was the visionary behind the Russian American Telegraph of 1865–1867. The failed venture aimed to connect America to Europe by telegraph via the Bering Strait.
Born in Hyde...
Martin Shpanberg
Martin Spangberg or Martyn Petrovich Shpanberg (Мартын Петрович Шпанберг) was a Danish naval lieutenant in Russian service who took part with his compatriot Vitus Bering in both Kamchatka expeditions ...
Colonial history of the United States
The colonial history of the United States covers the history of European settlements from the start of colonization of America until their incorporation into the United States. In the late 16th centu...
Colonial history of the United States - Wikipedia
Georg Wilhelm Steller
Georg Wilhelm Steller (10 March 1709 – 14 November 1746) was a German botanist, zoologist, physician and explorer, who worked in Russia and is considered a pioneer of Alaskan natural history.
Stel...
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Quaker Gun
A Quaker Gun is a deception tactic that was commonly used in warfare during the 18th and 19th centuries. Although resembling an actual cannon, the Quaker Gun was simply a wooden log, usually painted b...
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Illinois Country
The Illinois Country (French: Pays des Illinois)—sometimes referred to as Upper Louisiana (French: Haute-Louisiane)—was a region in what is now the Midwestern United States. The terms generall...
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