For such a bumbling explorer, he sure made an impact

by Bill Federer -- Muslim Turks conquered Constantinople on May 29, 1453. William Lawson Grant, Professor of Colonial History at Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, wrote in the introduction to "Voyages and Explorations" more…

A small state with 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…

Don't you wish every school still taught these?

by Bill Federer -- Selling a million copies a year for over 100 years, McGuffey's Readers were the mainstay of public education in America. Generations of school children read them, making them more…

The little-known history of Wall Street

by Bill Federer -- After seven centuries of Islamic occupation, Spain finally drove the Muslims out in 1492. Culturally caught in the middle between Christians and Muslims, King Ferdinand ordered Jews to more…

When chips are down, presidents know what to do

by Bill Federer -- "In 1775, the Continental Congress proclaimed the first national day of prayer. ... In 1783, the Treaty of Paris officially ended the long, weary Revolutionary War during which more…

The most precious possession the rich can own

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…