Roger Williams and a group of religious followers founded the town of Providence in what is today known as Rhode Island after their banishment from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Williams believed in the importance of liberty of conscience, which became an important principle in the founding of Rhode Island and ultimately in the founding of the United States. Officially called "The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations," Rhode Island is one of the six New England states and one of the original 13 states of the Union, entering in 1790. It is the smallest state in area in the country. Rhode Island's flower is the violet, and the capital is Providence. The name "Rhode Island" is credited to Italian navigator Giovanni Verrazano who compared the nearby island Block Island to Rhodes in Greece. Later Williams thought that Verrazano had been referring to island where they had settled and began calling the island Rhode Island.
The largest of the New England states in area, Maine, in 1820, was the 23rd state to join the Union. Its name comes from an ancient French province of the same name. The most sparsely populated state east of the Mississippi River, it's appropriately called the "Pine Tree State," as 90 percent of its land is forest. Not surprisingly, most of Maine's economy is related to timber and the production of paper and paper products although the millions of tourists who flock each summer to "Vacationland" are a significant source of revenue. The capital is Augusta; the state flower is the white pine cone and tassel.
Oklahoma City & County
Oklahoma County marked its beginnings right along with the Oklahoma Territory. It was one of the first seven counties organized under the Organic Act passed by Congress on May 2, 1890. It was designated County Number 2 until voters renamed it Oklahoma County.
Located in the State's geographic center, Oklahoma County has a population of more than 700,000 residents located in an area of 720 square miles.
In the early days of Oklahoma County, all County business was transacted in a building located at California and Robinson Streets, now no longer in existence.
On November 4, 1904, Oklahoma County began the construction of the first Oklahoma County Courthouse at 520 West Main Street with a bond issue of $100,000. The building was used as the courthouse until 1937 when county government moved to the building at 321 Park Avenue, which currently serves as the main courthouse. In those days, however, the building housed all county offices and the courts.
Oklahoma County includes the cities of Oklahoma City, the county seat, Arcadia, Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Forest Park, Harrah, Jones, Lake Aluma, Luther, Midwest City, Newalla, Nichols Hills, Nicoma Park, Smith Village, Spencer, The Village, Valley Brook, Warr Acres, and Woodlawn Park.
The American Revolution (1775–1783), also called the American War of Independence, began as a war between Great Britain and the Thirteen Colonies, but gradually grew into a world war between Britain on one side and the newly formed United States, France, Netherlands and Spain on the other. The main result was an American victory and European recognition of the independence of the United States.
Renowned for its natural resources with more than 300 miles of Atlantic coastline and the highest mountain peaks east of the Rocky Mountains, North Carolina is known for its scenic beauty, moderate climate and a culture that is rich in history.
Spanish explorers were the first Europeans to make a permanent settlement in the area when Juan Pardo and his men built Fort San Juan in 1567 near the present-day city of Morganton. But, the fort was short lived.
English colonists, sent by Sir Walter Raleigh, unsuccessfully attempted to settle Roanoke Island in 1585 and 1587. Finally, in 1653, the first permanent settlements were established by English colonists from Virginia near the Roanoke and Chowan Rivers.
In 1718, after losing his ship and appealing to the governor of North Carolina who promised safe-haven and a pardon, the notorious pirate, Blackbeard was killed in an ambush by British soldiers.
North Carolina became one of the English Thirteen Colonies and with the territory of South Carolina was originally known as the Province of Carolina. The northern and southern parts of the original province separated in 1729.
During the American Revolution, there was relatively little fighting within the state, but many North Carolinians saw action elsewhere. Later, when the Civil War erupted, the state joined the Confederacy despite considerable pro-Union, antislavery sentiment.
Among the popular destinations in the Tar Heel State, visitors flock to the
Great Smoky Mountains, Blue Ridge National Parkway, Cape Hatteras and Cape Lookout National Seashores, the Wright Brothers National Memorial at Kitty Hawk, and more.
Signs of the Times
Signs, signs, everywhere a signs ... In the beginning, American roadside advertising was generally local with area merchants painting their own signs and gluing posts on walls and fences to notify those traveling by of a product or service up ahead. By 1850 advertising first began to be see on street railways and the earliest billboards sprang up in 1867. Outdoor advertising typically has witty slogans, distinctive visuals, and bright colors to draw the eye of the traveler and leave them thinking about the advertisement after they have driven past it. Popular on businesses is the neon sign, which was first demonstrated in a modern form in December, 1910. Used worldwide, they are extremely popular in the United States, especially from about 1920–1960. Gallery displays, old signs, new signs, signs that don't exist anymore, ones that are colorful, fading, bright, tattered, and everthing in between.
The President of the United States of America (POTUS) is the head of state and head of government of the United States. The president leads the executive branch of the federal government and is the commander-in-chief of the United States Armed Forces. Article II of the U.S. Constitution vests the executive power of the United States in the president and charges him with the execution of federal law, alongside the responsibility of appointing federal executive, diplomatic, regulatory, and judicial officers, and concluding treaties with foreign powers, with the advice and consent of the Senate.
Glacier National Park
Located in northwest Montana, encompasses over 1,000,000 acres and includes parts of two mountain ranges, over 130 named lakes, and more than 1,000 different species of plants and hundreds of species of animals.
Las Vegas, Nevada - Sin City USA
Las Vegas was given its name by Spanish traders in the Antonio Armijo party in 1829. On route to Los Angeles along the Spanish Trail from Texas, the 60-man group veered from the normal route, camping about 100 miles northeast of present day Las Vegas. At the time, the Spaniards referred to the route as "jornada de muerte" or journey of death until a young scout named Rafael Rivera discovered the valley with its abundant wild grasses and plentiful water supply. At that time, some low areas of the Las Vegas Valley contained artesian springs that created extensive green areas in contrast to the surrounding desert, hence the name "Las Vegas", Spanish for "The Meadows".
Early Americans relied on carts and wagons much as modern Americans depend on trucks and trailers. Any time there was something to haul, or a number of people on the same journey, various types of simple, sturdy vehicles would be used, including freight wagons, covered wagons, stagecoaches for passengers, and more.
Originally established as Fort Bowyer during the War of 1812, Fort Morgan has played roles in Wars all the way up to World War II. You can read about the history of this National Historic Site HERE