After the fact : the surprising fates of American history's by Owen J. Hurd

By Owen J. Hurd

Offers fascinating anecdotes of well-known americans, together with Paul Revere, Richard Nixon and Eliot Ness.

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After the fact : the surprising fates of American history's heroes, villains, and supporting characters

Offers fascinating anecdotes of recognized american citizens, together with Paul Revere, Richard Nixon and Eliot Ness. summary: provides attention-grabbing anecdotes of recognized americans, together with Paul Revere, Richard Nixon and Eliot Ness

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Hurd. p. cm. Includes index. ISBN: 978-1-101-61072-5 1. United States—History—Anecdotes. 2. United States—Biography—Anecdotes. I. Title. H88 2012 973—dc23 2012009639 PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Most Perigee books are available at special quantity discounts for bulk purchases for sales promotions, premiums, fund-raising, or educational use. Special books, or book excerpts, can also be created to fit specific needs. , 375 Hudson Street, New York, New York 10014. ALWAYS LEARNING PEARSON To Geralyn, Who walks in beauty, like the night Of cloudless climes and starry skies Contents Acknowledgments Introduction 1.

Squanto apparently harbored profound misgivings about the fate of his tribe and the ascendancy of the English in his homeland. It wasn’t long before he was conspiring with other minor tribes in an attempt to foment ill will between the Pilgrims and Massasoit. The plot was uncovered, and Squanto died shortly thereafter of what appeared to be an infectious disease, but others suspected poisoning. Then Massasoit himself fell gravely ill with symptoms resembling typhoid fever. Plymouth elder Edward Winslow was sent to nurse the Pokanoket chief back to health, which he did.

However, it’s also led to a fair share of ill-fated demises. Vasco Núñez de Balboa is best known for his discovery in 1513 of the Pacific Ocean—or at least for being the first European to realize that another huge ocean stood just opposite the isthmus of Panama. His thanks? He was later arrested for treason and shipped back to Spain, where an ax-wielding executioner required two hacks to separate Balboa’s head from his neck. On a 1524 voyage, Giovanni da Verrazzano was the first explorer, after Leif Eriksson, to explore and map much of the Atlantic Coast from Newfoundland to South Carolina.

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