Spotlight on Lesser Known History
Yes, we're back with another fort, New York style. The French had been battling the British for supremacy in the fur trade, plus settlement in the northeast, in wars for who would control the area along what is today's Canada border. In 1720, they would build Fort Niagara on the southern shore of Lake Ontario, not knowing when it might see battle, but it would. Thirty-nine years later, the French and Indian War would come to its doorstep, and end with the British in control.
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New Article - International Relations
Yes, even back in 1920, the United States did not like the idea of an international body of nations that could supercede its own decisions. They had already refused to ratify the Treaty of Versailles on November 19, 1919, ending World War I, due to the League of Nations being part of it.
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William Austin Burt, of the United States, invents and patents the typewriter, at the time called the typographer. So, when you hear the name, it may not be household, but that keyboard on your laptop, and that keypad on that iPhone, well, it would not have been possible without his invention.
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