Think Columbus had an easy time? Think again

by Bill Federer -- Columbus proposed a sea route to reach India and China after Muslim Turks conquered Constantinople on May 29, 1453, cutting off the land routes. Columbus took four voyages: more…

This little state has a big history

by Bill Federer -- New France began in 1535 when French explorer Jacques Cartier sailed seeking a sea route to Asia. Jacques Cartier described the land with the native Inuit word "Canada," more…

Historically enlightenment, faith went together

by Bill Federer -- When Spain and Portugal forced Sephardic Jews to flee, some went to the Netherlands, which was Europe's center of religious toleration. Jews migrated to Holland's largest city of more…

They seldom make great men like this anymore

by Bill Federer -- The "Star-Spangled Banner" was written while the British bombed Fort McHenry, named after Secretary of War James McHenry. Dr. James McHenry served as a surgeon during the Revolutionary more…