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When Cleveland Belonged to Connecticut

The City of Cleveland and nearly all of Northeastern Ohio once belonged to Connecticut. The land, 3.5 million acres of it, was called the Western Reserve. It’s why  a university in Cleveland is called Case Western Reserve. It’s why towns ...

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Thomas Kemble, The Kissing Colonist


Capt. Thomas Kemble was a prominent ship's captain in the 1650s in Massachusetts, but that didn't stop him from getting into trouble for kissing. Kemble's life is well documented. As a merchant who settled in Charlestown, Mass., he imported metal ...

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The Great Boston Revolt of 1689

Colonists in Boston revolted against a hated English governor 86 years and one day before the shot was heard round the world in Concord, Mass. Only no one did any shooting and the new king of England was fine with ...

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