America: First Impressions

John Smith was one of the foremost leaders of early Jamestown.  He’d had an interesting life before that, one which influenced the direction of this country and (as I seem to be constantly promising) which will be explored later in this blog.  He was a controversial but effective leader in the settlement’s first years, and when health problems and an injury prompted his return to England in 1609, he spent his time working for the colony from there, promoting it and encouraging people to move there. Continue reading

History provides the best stories.

History is a fascinating subject.  More than just names and dates, it’s one continuing story in which everything is interconnected, the swings, trends and movements of the human species.  It’s one of few subjects that grows bigger and more fascinating the more it is studied.

That said, there are some stories which are short, stand alone and simply cool, fascinating, or incredible.  Maybe they have a huge impact on history or maybe virtually none at all, but if you’re looking for something interesting to read, you don’t do better than these.

So I decided to start a blog devoted to these stories.  Little page long stories to read in your spare time, to use in classes to interest students in history, I don’t know.  All I know is that I love these stories and I wanted to share them with other people who might enjoy them, too.