History Stories
CATEGORY: Colonial America
The Firewood Shortage That Helped Give Birth to America
November 14, 2017

It was cheap, abundant, and unlimited…or so colonists thought. Read More

Why Are Archaeologists So Excited About This Toilet Linked to Paul Revere?
September 29, 2017

The 18th-century outhouse may yield colonial clues. Read More

Want To Eat Like A Colonist? Ask This Virginia Chef
September 14, 2017

Meet the man who recreates colonial recipes. Read More

America’s Forgotten Swedish Colony
July 25, 2017

For nearly 20 years in the 17th century, Sweden had a little-known colony that spanned parts of Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Read More

The Lost Colony of Popham
May 12, 2017

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Historic Toilets Tell the Tale of Philadelphia’s Revolutionary History
July 7, 2016

Archaeologists working in historic Philadelphia discovered some 82,000 artifacts buried inside underground vaults once used as outhouses and preserved in layers of human waste. Read More

Early Spanish Colony Unearthed In Downtown Pensacola
December 18, 2015

A long-running mystery has been solved after artifacts surfaced confirming the location of the oldest multi-year settlement in the United States in Pensacola, Florida. Read More

Did Florida Host the First Thanksgiving?
November 23, 2015

More than 50 years before the Pilgrims landed in Plymouth, Spanish colonists in Florida feasted with Native Americans in what some call the first Thanksgiving. Read More

Harvard’s Colonial-Era Body-Snatching Club
October 30, 2015

As Halloween approaches, read about a secret club of 18th-century Harvard medical students who snatched bodies from graveyards for their anatomy studies. Read More

The Dutch Surrender New Netherland
September 8, 2014

Get the facts on the only Dutch colony in mainland North America, which included present-day New York City. Read More