Fugitive African slaves seeking freedom in early America found refuge at St. Augustine. Granted freedom by the Spanish, these skilled laborers eventually established the first legal free black town in the present-day United States.
Many contemporary authors are inspired to explore the themes of immigration. Often drawing from their own experiences, they write about meeting different kinds of people and reconciling the past with the future.
While Thanksgiving can mean many different things to different people, it is important to acknowledge the truth of the holiday and not perpetuate historical inaccuracies.
Consider the initial meeting of Arawaks and Europeans through a fresh, critical lens.
Watch as immigrants create the “tree” of the United States.
Read a current journalist’s thoughts on journalism of the past as it pertains to sentiments on refugees.
In this article, Rob Wile compares the early European settlers to today’s entrepreneurs. Read to find out how the two compare.
In Phoenix, Arizona, a new program allows people to learn about Navajo traditions and stories. Children and their families hear traditional Navajo stories that help them learn more about their roots.
For nearly a century, a butter company’s logo featured a drawing of a Native American woman. Find out why that logo has finally changed.
Archaeologists are looking for the wreckage of a fleet of French ships that was lost near present-day Florida in 1565. Why are scientists so interested in this shipwreck from long ago? The loss of the ships brought an end to French colonization in the Americas.
A Tribe Called Red brings their heritage to the dance scene to raise awareness and bring people together. Watch the video to see how this music group shares aspects of their culture with the public.
Historians and locals celebrate the settlement of St. Augustine, which was founded 450 years ago and is the oldest city in the United States.
In this article, Damon Darlin uses the New York Times’ word usage tool to measure the language used about immigrants during different times in history. Look at the charts to see the United States’ immigration rates and the terms used to describe the people who came to the country.
In Montgomery County, Maryland, Asian immigrants straddle a cultural divide.
Few maps detail the early interactions of the indigenous people of Mexico and early Spanish colonists as much as the Codex Quetzalecatzin. Made using traditional Aztec methods and showing Spanish influences, this map shows the effect of two cultures colliding.
Historically, colonizers gave names to the indigenous people of North America instead of using the names already in place. This continued imposition is inaccurate and at times insulting. Read the article to learn more about this problem.
Read the article to learn more about how Plymouth Colony came to be and what life was like for the Pilgrims who made the journey from Europe.
What is it about the United States that convinces citizens of other nations to leave their homes and lives behind? Visit this site to explore the answers, along with the personal stories of immigrants from Guatemala, Iran, Tibet, the Soviet Union, Taiwan, and Mexico. While you’re there, be sure to browse the photo archives and genealogical resources.
In this radio interview, Alex Sugiura shares his experiences as a person who isn’t immediately recognizable as one race or another. Be sure to click on the radio clips to hear Alex’s story.
The genocide of millions of Native Americans cooled the Earth and had devastating consequences all over the world. This article explains the profound effects people had on the Earth’s climate before modern times.