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France, Fur, and America

MHQ Home Page See the Spring 2012 MHQ story The Mohawks' Fur Frenzy The French dominated early European fur trading in northern North America but lost their grip following the Beaver Wars of the mid-17th...
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Letter from Wild West – August 2009

Such intrepid 19th-century explorers as Joe Walker, John Wesley Powell, Benjamin Bonneville, Jedediah Smith and others explored much of the West, yet there remain corners for curious minds to explore.
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The Lake District: A Landscape in Amber

Britain's Lake District is 900 square miles of hard, ancient mountains, surrounded on all sides by rich, level farmland. Immortalized by William Wordsworth, preserved by Beatrix Potter, Lakeland draws 14 million tourists a year.
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Timeline: The World of 1607

The settlers of Jamestown, Virginia, left behind an England that was experiencing political and religious changes in 1607.
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Alaska Highway: The Biggest and Hardest Job Since the Panama Canal

After the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941, the United States feared that Alaska was vulnerable to invasion. To allay those fears, the government embarked on a monumental job of road building through some of the most remote and inaccessible terrain in North America.