America's Hidden History: Untold Tales of the First Pilgrims, Fighting Women, and Forgotten Founders Who Shaped a Nationby Kenneth C. Davis
"Kenneth C. Davis, author of the phenomenal New York Times best seller Don't Know Much About History, presents a collection of stories, each detailing an overlooked episode that shaped the nation's destiny and character. Davis's dramatic narratives set the record straight, busting myths and bringing to light little-known but fascinating facts from a time when the… See more details below
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"Kenneth C. Davis, author of the phenomenal New York Times best seller Don't Know Much About History, presents a collection of stories, each detailing an overlooked episode that shaped the nation's destiny and character. Davis's dramatic narratives set the record straight, busting myths and bringing to light little-known but fascinating facts from a time when the nation's fate hung in the balance." Full of color, intrigue, and human interest, America's Hidden History is an iconoclastic look at America's past, connecting some of the dots between history and today's headlines, proving why Davis is truly America's teacher.
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America's Hidden History
Untold Tales of the First Pilgrims, Fighting Women, and Forgotten Founders Who Shaped a Nation
Isabella of Castile and Ferdinand of Aragon are married.
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.
John Cabot, an Italian sailing for England, sights North America, probably around Newfoundland, and claims the territory for England.
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.
Henry VIII is crowned king of England and marries Catherine of Aragon, daughter of Ferdinand and Isabella.
King Ferdinand dies; Charles I, grandson of Ferdinand and Isabella, inherits the Spanish throne.
Pánfilo de Narváez, accompanied by Cabeza de Vaca, leads a Spanish attempt to conquer Florida.
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.
John Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion is published, expanding the Protestant Reformation.
Hernando de Soto leads a Spanish army through the Southeast; de Soto dies on the banks of the Mississippi on May 21, 1542.
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.
Philip II becomes king of Spain.
Queen Elizabeth I succeeds her half sister Queen Mary.
French Huguenots establish Fort Caroline near the St. Johns River in Florida.
St. Augustine, Florida, founded.
Fort Caroline massacre.
The Spanish Armada is defeated by a smaller British fleet.
Untold Tales of the First Pilgrims, Fighting Women, and Forgotten Founders Who Shaped a Nation. Copyright © by Kenneth Davis. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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Kenneth C. Davis is the New York Times bestselling author of A Nation Rising; America's Hidden History; and Don't Know Much About® History, which spent thirty-five consecutive weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, sold more than 1.6 million copies, and gave rise to his phenomenal Don't Know Much About® series for adults and children. A resident of New York City and Dorset, Vermont, Davis frequently appears on national television and radio and has been a commentator on NPR's All Things Considered. He blogs regularly at www.dontknowmuch.com.
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