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Charles Mann, author of 1491: New Revelations of the Americas before Columbus (Knopf, 2005), looks at new research on the population density of pre-Columbian America.
Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton’s vision for the economic foundation of the United States included the federal assumption of state debts, the creation of a Bank of the United States, and support for the new nation’s emerging industries. After the first two parts of his plan had been accepted, he presented the third part to Congress in his Report on the Subject of Manufactures in December 1791.
This August 1762 letter from Washington to his brother-in-law Burwell Bassett reveals the young Washington as a lively and convivial correspondent.
This newspaper article, printed in the Maryland Gazette on May 22, 1755, was originally published in London’s Gentlemen’s Magazine in January 1755 to drum up support for the French and Indian War. It demonstrates the British perspective on why this war was worth fighting. The anonymous author described the economic value of each of the American colonies, highlighting the commodities each produced.
This 1622 letter from Jamestown colonist Sebastian Brandt to Henry Hovener, a Dutch merchant living in London, provides a snapshot of the colony in flux.
Much of what is known about early Wampanoag history comes from archaeological evidence, the Wampanoag oral tradition (much of which has been lost), and documents created by seventeenth-century English colonists.
The Wampanoag people have lived in southeastern New England for thousands of years. In 1600 there were as many as 12,000 Wampanoag who lived in forty villages. Both oral tradition and archaeological evidence suggests that Native peoples lived in the area for 10,000 years. Wampanoag...