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…