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How Koi Fish Got Their Name

          As you might expect, words over time get a little altered from their original sound. Think of the old “grapevine” game you used to play as a kid -by the end, the original phrase was … Continue reading

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Hammock’s Deep History

          Back in the day (waaaay back in the day) there was a tribe that centered itself around what is now Florida as well as the West Indies.  This tribe was called the Arawakan.  A subsection … Continue reading

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Michigan gets a name…from the Indians

                  The year was 1837 when Michigan joined the Union.  Prior to this time the area now known as Michigan was inhabited by, among others, an Algonquian-speaking tribe known as the Ojibwa.  The Ojibwa people had a word for … Continue reading

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Ohio: Home of the Buckeyes

              Before buckeyes made their mark on this area now known as Ohio it was populated largely by the Adena peoples in the early days of 1000 BC. More recently however, the Ohio region was populated … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania gets a name

                In the early days, the region now known as Pennsylvania was, not surprisingly, inhabited by many Native American tribesmen.  At least five Native American tribes lived in the area which included the … Continue reading

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How Illinois got its name

              The region now known as Illinois was previously occupied by Native Americans for thousands of years prior to European settlement –perhaps as long as 7,000 years.  In the 1600’s French explorers began to … Continue reading

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Don’t mess with Texas’…History

              Currently the second most populated and the second largest state in the United States  Texas was historically inhabited by a conglomeration of Native American tribes known as the Caddo.  The Spanish were one … Continue reading

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California: A land of mythical beasts and Amazon women

                Spain was one of the first to lay claim to an area of land that now encompasses the Baja, California, Nevada, Utah, as well as some areas of Wyoming, Arizona and New … Continue reading

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New York and the Big Apple

                The region that would become New York was previously inhabited by the Native American tribes of the Algonquin and Iroquois.  In the early 1600’s the Dutch explored and named much of the area but later gave … Continue reading

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Florida finally gets a name

                Often called the Sunshine State due to its many days filled with sunshine, Florida does not actually have more sunshine days than any other state –that honor goes to Arizona.  Florida was … Continue reading

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