If you are curious about the history of America and want to know some interesting facts, then you are in the right place. Read on to explore some fun and lesser-known American history facts that will surprise you.
The famous Liberty Bell is not the original one
Yes, that’s true! The famous Liberty Bell that we all know and love is not the original one.
The first Liberty Bell broke in 1835 while tolling for a funeral, but instead of melting it down and starting again, they decided to repair it. However, the repair job wasn’t successful, and the second bell also developed a crack. The current bell that we see today was cast in 1753 by two Philadelphia foundry workers named John Pass and John Stow.
The shortest war in history was fought by America
The shortest war in history lasted only 38 minutes and was fought between America and Great Britain. It is known as ‘The Pig War’ because it started over a pig that had wandered onto an American farm on San Juan Island. Both countries had claimed the island, but neither country wanted to start a full-scale war over a pig.
The Great Chicago Fire wasn’t caused by Mrs. O’Leary’s cow
For years, it was believed that the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 was caused by Mrs. O’Leary’s cow kicking over a lantern in her barn. However, recent research suggests that this story might have been fabricated by journalists who were looking for a sensational story to sell more newspapers.
George Washington didn’t have wooden teeth
Contrary to popular belief, George Washington didn’t have wooden teeth. Instead, he had several sets of dentures made from a combination of materials such as human teeth, animal teeth, and ivory.
The first American flag had 13 stars and stripes
The first American flag that was adopted by the Continental Congress in 1777 had 13 stars and stripes to represent the 13 original colonies. However, it was later decided that adding a new stripe for every new state would make the flag too cluttered, so they settled on keeping the 13 stripes and adding a new star for every new state.
These are just a few of the many interesting facts about American history. Studying history is not only informative but also an enjoyable experience when you discover fascinating facts that you never knew before. Hopefully, these facts have sparked your curiosity to learn more about America’s rich history.