9780061118197

America's Hidden History : Untold Tales of the First Pilgrims, Fighting Women, and Forgotten Founders Who Shaped a Nation

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  • Edition: Reprint
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  • Copyright: 3/15/2010
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications
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Summary

The author of the phenomenal "New York Times" bestseller "Don't Know Much About History" presents a collection of extraordinary stories, each detailing an overlooked episode that shaped the nation's destiny and character.

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America's Hidden History
Untold Tales of the First Pilgrims, Fighting Women, and Forgotten Founders Who Shaped a Nation

Chapter One

Isabella's Pigs

1469
Isabella of Castile and Ferdinand of Aragon are married.

1492
The Reconquest (la reconquista) forces the last Moors out of Spain.

As part of a revived Inquisition, all Jews are forced to convert or leave Spain.

Christopher Columbus arrives in the Caribbean; he names Hispaniola (modern-day Haiti and the Dominican Republic) and founds the settlement of La Navidad.

1497
John Cabot, an Italian sailing for England, sights North America, probably around Newfoundland, and claims the territory for England.

1501
Amerigo Vespucci, sailing for Portugal, reaches the South American coast. Upon his return, he writes to his patron, Lorenzo de' Medici, that he has voyaged to a "new world." A mapmaker attaches Amerigo's name to the New World.

1509
Henry VIII is crowned king of England and marries Catherine of Aragon, daughter of Ferdinand and Isabella.

1516
King Ferdinand dies; Charles I, grandson of Ferdinand and Isabella, inherits the Spanish throne.

1528
Pánfilo de Narváez, accompanied by Cabeza de Vaca, leads a Spanish attempt to conquer Florida.

1531
King Henry VIII divorces Catherine of Aragon to marry Anne Boleyn. In 1534, the Act of Supremacy declares the king to be the head of the Church of England, completing the break with Rome.

1536
John Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion is published, expanding the Protestant Reformation.

1539-1543
Hernando de Soto leads a Spanish army through the Southeast; de Soto dies on the banks of the Mississippi on May 21, 1542.

1553
Mary I, daughter of Henry VIII and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, becomes queen of England. In 1554, she marries Philip II, the future king of Spain, but dies childless in 1558.

1556
Philip II becomes king of Spain.

1558
Queen Elizabeth I succeeds her half sister Queen Mary.

1564
French Huguenots establish Fort Caroline near the St. Johns River in Florida.

1565
St. Augustine, Florida, founded.

Fort Caroline massacre.

1588
The Spanish Armada is defeated by a smaller British fleet.

America's Hidden History
Untold Tales of the First Pilgrims, Fighting Women, and Forgotten Founders Who Shaped a Nation
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