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From Jamestown in 1607 through 1763
Time leading up to the War of Independence through the end of the war. 1763-1783
Early to mid-1800's including true stories of the pioneers and mountain men
Captured by Indians while throwing pebbles in the water as a small boy, learn what happened to this boy who became a ward of the redskins.
Learn of this man who at the age of 13, along with his 11 year old brother, was carried off by Indians after they killed his mother and other siblings. Lewis and his brother planned to escape that very night.
Captured by the Indians, they decided to have some sport and let Colter race for his life. Find out what happened to him.
In 1781, was born in Fredrick County Maryland, a pioneer who was truly entitled to the name of "The Mighty Hunter."
After you have heard some of his stories about his escapades with the redskins, you will agree this was a truly fortunate scout to have survived.
"You will do boy, I will need you!" said John Ashley, a famous trader and explorer to Thomas Eddie, a young man yearning for adventure in the Far West. He got it!
One of the most famous frontiersmen, Jim Bridger, lived to a ripe old age. He was ever ready to tell of his battle with the Sioux, when he rescued his four companions from their clutches. This was the the most thrilling of all his many adventures upon the frontier.
Trapper, scout, and fearless adventurer among the Indians, wild beasts, and the inhopitable wasteland of the then unpeopled West.
There was a Waco Indian chieftain who was identified by his big feet. He would sneak into the frontier town of Austin, steal horses, kill whom he could. Find out how Ranger William Alexander Wallace earned the nickname of "Big Foot" and of his many gallant adventures as Ranger of the Texas Prairie.
Daniel Boone's life was full of adventure He had many close calls with Indians. The Indians captured his daughter and friend. He was held prisoner by Indians. He accomplished opening up the way for the present state of Kentucky to be settled.
Independence Hall was the site for so many important occasions in the history of our country and the Liberty Bell has an amazing story of it's own.
Do you like to hear about seas and sailors? What do you know about the most famous naval hero of the War of Independence? What British ship did he first capture? What was the name of his ship? What reply is he famous for making when the British captain asked if his ship had struck? So many more interesting facts to this story.
How did we get our flag? Who gave the design for the Stars and Stripes? Did you know Washington actually visited Betsy Ross to ask her to make the flag? Do you know the meaning of the colors on the flag? Familiarize yourself with the story of "Old Glory".
It was the custom during the American Revolution for women, often wives of soldiers, to follow the armies into the field as laundry women. No account of the Battle of Monmouth is complete without this story of the brave Mary Ludwig who came to be know as Molly Pitcher.
The fighting of Marion and his men was very effective. The cruel British officer Col. Tarleton was in hot pursuit to break up this band of rangers. He stopped to talk to a farmer offering him money to tell him which direction the men had headed. But the story of this farmer is quite a surprise.
Henry Clay who started out a poor man , became a lawyer. Find out how he entered politics and how he used his influence in the establishment of our new nation. Find out how he postponed the conflict over slavery for ten more years.
Discover the trials and ridicule Robert Fulton endured with his idea of making a steamboat. Hear the comical tale of people who thought the steamboat was some kind of monster and were terribly fearful of it at first sight. Learn how success was a result of perseverance.
His discovery cost him over 11 years of his life and for it, he suffered poverty, disgrace, and ridicule. Eventually though his invention was used in over 500 different ways and produced 8 million dollar's worth of goods every year
He was the great Admiral of the Civill War-a resolute soldier, brave seaman and a noble gentleman. He first entered the country's service as an 11 year old lad during the War of 1812.
He became a famous naval hero in our war with Tripoli. His name became a terror all along the Barbary coast. The work accomplished by Decatur caused the whole of Europe to respect the naval power of the United States.
Hear the story of the man who became famous for saying, "We have met the enemy and they are ours." The Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812 will always be a memorable date in American history.
The story of a retired merchant who became interested in marine telegraph. His venture began in failure but determination finally paid off!
You probably know that Teddy Roosevelt was president of the United States, but did you know about his exploits in organizing his band of Rough Riders and their bravery at the Battles of San Juan and La Quasina? He is known for thinking and caring only of his men and not himself.
Lieutenant Hobson became a hero in one night. He performed a daring deed and risked his life in an effort to "bottle up" the Spanish fleet in the harbor of Santiago.
The Philipines were the possession of Spain. During the Spanish American war, George Dewey was ordered to collect a fleet at Hong-Kong and hold it in readiness for action. He had not long to wait.
In his youth, this brave American officer served with distinction in the Civil War. He fought Indians in the Southwest, where he finally defeated Geronimo's band. During the War with Spain, he did excellent work in Cuba. He laid down his life at Manilla in the Philipines rendering brave service to his country.
Mr. Edison made so many marvelous discoveries in electricity. The lesson of his life teaches that work, though laborious will end in success when you persevere.
What do you know about the life of Paul Revere? There's much more to the man's life than his famous ride. And how about that ride? Did you know if was on a freezing December night? Did you know Paul Revere was taken captive? Find out how that midnight ride made possible the Battle of Lexington.
When General Putnam heard of the Battle of Lexington, he was plowing in his field. He dropped his plow handles , mounted his horse and headed for Boston. Putnam was probably the most dangerous enemy of the British forces. Learn of his daring descent down stone steps when the Brititsh were too afraid to follow.
The surrender of Burgoyne at the Battle of Saratoga is said to have been the turning point of the war. After this war, the French decided to help the Americans. Be prepared for adventure in this audio story.
Nathaniel Greene needed a messenger to take a crucial order to Sumter who was in a part of the country infested with Tories. His men were exhausted and couldn't move another step. 17 year old Emily Geiger begged Gen. Greene to let her deliver the message. He consented and this the story of her dangerous mission.
Cornwallis had surrendered at Yorktown. Who was to take the message to the Continental Congress and spread the word as he went? Colonel Tench Tilghman was chosen by Washington. "Cornwallis is taken!" became his cry
Remember the Alamo! became the battle cry. Here is the story of men so brave that they fought to the death for freedom. Six weeks later, Santa Anna's forces were routed, Santa Anna was captured and Texas won their independence. Learn of the sacrifice of these brave men.
This is the story of Lieutenant Gillespie who was given the job of finding Fremont and bearing an important message from the government. Despite hardship, threat of Indian attacks, and rough terrain, exhausted from exposure, he fulfilled his mission. He was needed to save California for the United States. Soon the flag was raised and the Mexican War ended.
Gold in California. Many moved west. But now a new problem arose. How were they to get messages from back east? Hence, the Pony Express was born. It was short-lived, but effective and the riders, mostly young boys, lived a life full of daring and adventure.
General Forrest asked brave Emma to climb up on his horse to lead the way she knew only too well to get his troops across the creek as the Yanks had just burned the bridge. The Federals ended up surrendering to the Confederates and the great raid was over.
Curley, the Crow scout alone escaped to tell the tale of Custer's Last Stand. Here is the story.