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America's hidden history : untold tales of the first pilgrims, fighting women and forgotten founders who shaped a nation

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  • 973 D262.1 (CEN)

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1st ed.

Publication Information

Smithsonian Books/Collins,

Physical Description

xvi, 272 p. : 22 cm.


An iconoclastic look at America's past: overlooked episodes that shaped the nation's destiny and character. Spanning a period from the Spanish arrival in America to George Washington's inauguration in 1789, these narratives bring to light little-known but fascinating, myth-busting facts. Read the story of the first real Pilgrims in America, who were wine-making French Huguenots, not dour English Separatists; the coming-of-age story of Queen Isabella, who suggested that Columbus take pigs on his voyage, which may have spread disease to many Native Americans; the long, bloody relationship between the Pilgrims and Indians, running counter to the idyllic scene of the Thanksgiving feast; the little-known story of George Washington as a headstrong young soldier who committed a war crime, signed a confession, and started a war. Full of color, intrigue, and human interest, this book connects some of the dots between history and today's headlines.--From publisher description.


  • Isabella's pigs
  • Hannah's escape
  • Washington's confession
  • Warren's toga
  • Arnold's boot
  • Lafayette's sword.

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