Christopher Columbus: Villain or hero?

by Bill Federer -- Muslim Turks conquered Constantinople on May 29, 1453. William Lawson Grant, Professor of Colonial History at Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, wrote in the introduction to "Voyages and Explorations" more…

Why should we celebrate mothers?

by Bill Federer -- Mothers' Day was held in Boston in 1872 at the suggestion of Julia Ward Howe, writer of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." But it was Anna Jarvis, more…

The tiny state with a huge history

by Bill Federer -- On April 20, 1534, King Francis I of France sent explorer Jacques Cartier to sail west to find a sea route to Asia. Cartier described the land with more…

Settling the New World was no easy task

by Bill Federer -- When Muslim Turks conquered the land trade routes from Europe to Asia, Europeans explored sea routes. These attempts were initially financed by kings and wealthy private individuals, and more…