America's Hidden History: Untold Tales of the First by Kenneth C. Davis

By Kenneth C. Davis

Kenneth C. Davis, writer of the exceptional big apple instances bestseller have no idea a lot approximately background, provides a suite of amazing tales, each one detailing an neglected episode that formed the nation's future and personality. Davis's dramatic narratives set the list directly, busting myths and bringing to mild little-known yet interesting evidence from a time while the nation's destiny hung within the stability. Spanning a interval from the Spanish arrival in the United States to George Washington's inauguration in 1789, America's Hidden background is an iconoclastic examine America's prior, connecting a few of the dots among background and present day headlines, and proving why Davis is actually America's instructor. discover: Which Pilgrims arrived in Florida fifty years earlier than the Mayflower sailed. What excellent courtroom Justice went to criminal. What traitor is commemorated with a statue for his bravery. Which struggling with girl in colonial New England scalped her Indian captors.

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She and Mary Neff would fend for themselves and the baby. After what must have been a torturous moment in which he had to choose between trying to save his wife and newborn and saving the rest of his family, Thomas Dustin did as his wife asked. Rushing from the house, he gathered his seven other children, ranging in age from two to seventeen, and managed to shepherd all of them to safety. Desperately holding off the Abenaki warriors who followed his family as they fled, Thomas Dustin kept the Indians at bay without actually firing his musket, which might have spelled his doom.

In other words, they were not merely what Mather termed “Salvages;” they were Roman Catholics to boot—“idolaters like their whiter Brethren Persecutors,” by which Mather meant the French. One of Boston’s most famous and influential preachers, Mather pointedly observed in recounting Hannah Dustin’s story that some Puritan families might profit from the Indians’ example of such rigorous devotion. If the image of Indians faithfully reciting Catholic prayers seems at odds with the traditional view of Native American families in wigwams, consider the report of a French priest, Father Pierre Thury.

From the outset of the expedition, Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca did not find Narváez an especially judicious leader. And Narváez viewed this fussy “accountant” as a royal spy. In his forties, Cabeza de Vaca was an educated courtier whose family was reasonably well-to-do. His name, which literally means “head of the cow,” was an honorific title bestowed, according to family legend, by a grateful king upon an ancestor who, in 1212, had helped the king by marking a secret mountain pass with a cow’s skull, allowing a Christian army to surprise a Moorish enemy.

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