History of America
There is much that can be said about American history, as it is a very broad subject. Many courses in this subject, especially those for children, start with America being discovered by Christopher Columbus, although the closest he got was Puerto Rico. Amerigo Vespucci, though, also claimed to have made a trip to the "New World," although it is unknown if this is true, because there is not definitive proof. America is, nevertheless, named after Amerigo Vespucci. It is also said that other travelers had been visitors to America even before Columbus and Vespucci.
American history does not, however, start with Christopher Columbus or Amerigo Vespucci. Native Americans (commonly known as "Indians," because Columbus actually thought he had landed in India) had lived on the land before it was labeled the "New World," but little is of this is included in American history lessons. Were these people the real discoverers of America?
Beyond the "discovery" of the country, there is much to learn about
America and it's past. One might research topics such as the first Thanksgiving,
the pilgrims, early New England, Westward expansion, the evolution of transportation,
immigration, the numerous wars, past presidents and other politicians, American
inventors, or maybe even the history of technology in America in comparison
with other countries of the world.
A very popular topic in American history is the story of the Salem witch trials of 1692. Today, one can go to Salem and see museums full of history, the original buildings dating back to the Salem witch trials, or even recreations of the events that took place that year that twenty people were killed for supposedly practicing witchcraft.
America history is a very important topic to be knowledgeable on. Without paying attention to, and learning from, our history, we are bound to repeat the same mistakes as our ancestors.
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