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The Spanish Borderlands: End of an Era

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Between 1492 and 1821, Spain held dominion over vast regions of the New World. Being the first Europeans to establish a stronghold, being first to claim territory, being rich, and being a naval… Continue reading

The Spanish Borderlands: The Mission Trail

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Though it’s dominance of the Borderlands ended long ago, Spain’s influence remains throughout the region. Things as diverse as architecture, clothing, place names, and national parks are testaments to the culture that once… Continue reading

Living History: Bunratty Castle & Folk Park

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I have just returned from a wonderful trip to Ireland with the Texas Master Chorale. We sang in lovely venues and visited many beautiful natural and manmade sites. Though the series on living… Continue reading

The French in the Spanish Borderlands: Part II

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Prologue THIS is the forest primeval. The murmuring pines and the hemlocks, Bearded with moss, and in garments green, indistinct in the twilight, Stand like Druids of eld, with voices sad and prophetic,… Continue reading

Republic of Florida – Who Knew?

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The romance and significance of the Republic of Texas is well known across the world. Cries of “Remember the Alamo” and “Come and Take It” have played out on screens both large and… Continue reading

The French in the Spanish Borderlands, Part I

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It is easy to believe that, other than Louisiana, the American South was primarily  influenced by Great Britain prior to the American Revolution. After all, the five Southern colonies of the original thirteen… Continue reading

The Man Who Changed How We Think About American History

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For many students, the study of American History begins with Columbus wandering mistakenly into the New World, followed by a dash around eastern North America with French and English explorers, and finally settles… Continue reading

La Floride

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Florida. For most of us, the word brings to mind sunny skies, clear water, white sand, citrus groves, a river of grass, and Micky Mouse. Perhaps we have visited the tourist destinations scattered… Continue reading

When Being Civilized Was Not Enough

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War bonnets, teepees, Appaloosa ponies, and a nomadic lifestyle – these are the images that have been promoted of Native Americans living prior to the 20th Century. And for the tribes of the… Continue reading

Living History: The Funk Heritage Center, Part II

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Chattooga, Talulah, Toccoa, Hiawassee, Elijah, Waleska, Etowah, Chattahoochee, Enota, Amicalola, Dahlonega, Chickamauga The long ago, original inhabitants of Georgia’s northern counties, lying between Atlanta and Chattanooga, Tennessee, live on in the names they… Continue reading