Why the Puritans came to America

American history trivia Myth: The Puritans came to America to establish religious freedom Truth: The Puritans came to America to escape other people’s religious freedom. In 1593, radical Protestant “Separatists” emigrated from England to Holland to live in peace without being hung or jailed for religious nonconformity. That led to a new problem for the…

The Alamo and slavery

American history trivia Myth: The Alamo was about defending liberty and freedom Truth: The roughly 250 Americans who died at the Alamo weren’t defending liberty— they were protecting slavery. Texas was still part of Mexico after its War of Independence from Spain. But the land attracted so many American settlers, that they soon outnumbered the…

USA female suffrage began in rural areas

American history trivia Myth: Social progress began in cities and then filtered out to rural areas Truth: Sorry, city slickers! While women’s suffrage was discussed everywhere in the United States in the nineteenth century — most notably at the Seneca Falls Convention organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton in upstate New York in 1848 — the…

Myth of the 13 American Colonies

American history trivia Myth: There Were 13 Colonies Truth: Like the rest of us, you probably bought the ol’ Thirteen Colonies story, but it’s not an accurate depiction of colonial America for most of its history. As settlements were founded, each new city was recognized as its own colony: for example, Connecticut contained 500 distinct…