History In The Headlines

Category: Colonial America

1660 Map of New Amsterdam

The Dutch Surrender New Netherland, 350 Years Ago

On the 350th anniversary of its demise, get the facts on the only Dutch colony in mainland North America, which included present-day New York City.

Part of the ship's keel, which researchers identified as hickory, indicating the ship was probably built in the northeastern United States. (Credit: Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory)

Tree Rings Solve World Trade Center Ship Mystery

Using tree rings, scientists have identified the origins of a wooden ship unearthed at the former World Trade Center site in Manhattan four years ago.

Map outlining territorial boundaries under the Proclamation of 1763. (Credit: Getty Images)

Remembering the Proclamation of 1763

King George III’s Proclamation of 1763, issued 250 years ago today, proved to be just the first of a series of British actions that led to the American Revolution.

Fort San Juan

Archaeologists Discover Oldest Colonial Fort in U.S Interior

Archeologists have discovered the remains of a 16th century garrison that predates the earliest English settlements in the United States by decades.

Jamestown Cannibalism

Evidence of Cannibalism Found at Jamestown

New evidence supports historical accounts that desperate Jamestown colonists resorted to cannibalism during the harsh winter of 1609-10.

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The Court-Martial of Paul Revere

Four years after Paul Revere’s midnight ride, a military disaster left the famous patriot under arrest and facing charges of insubordination and cowardice.

Plymouth Rock

The Real Story Behind Plymouth Rock

As America celebrates Thanksgiving, explore the real history of the Pilgrims’ purported landing place—Plymouth Rock.

Pilgrims Facts

5 Things You May Not Know About the Pilgrims

Discover five things about the hosts of the first Thanksgiving that might come as a surprise.

Depiction of a witch trial by English painter William Powell Frith.

Before Salem, the First American Witch Hunt

Thirty years before the infamous Salem witch trials, a witch hunt hysteria swept through another colonial New England town.

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Family Tradition: Did Lizzie Borden’s Ancestor Kill His Mother Too?

Some 219 years before she was accused of killing her parents, Lizzie Borden’s ancestor Thomas Cornell hanged for his mother’s murder.

Bray School

Archaeologists Seek Evidence of Oldest Black School

A building in Williamsburg, Virginia, might be the oldest existing structure associated with black education in the United States.

Union Fire Company

Roster From Ben Franklin’s Fire Department Found

Benjamin Franklin’s name appears on a newly discovered list of members of the Union Fire Department, which he founded in 1736.

Declaration of Independence

Is the Declaration of Independence Illegal?

British barristers and American attorneys debated whether the historic document amounted to treason.