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Discover America

by Janine Cooper Ayres

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Singing out the capitals will help you to remember. So play this song just once a week from October to December. It won’t be long until you learn them all and it will make you smarter. But, if you forget to listen once a week, it will only make things harder. Ready? Here we go! 1. Montgomery, Alabama 2. Juneau, Alaska 3. Helena, Montana 4. Lincoln, Nebraska 5. Little Rock, Arkansas 6. Phoenix, Arizona 7. Santa Fe, New Mexico 8. Bismarck, North Dakota 9. Sacramento, California 10. Nashville, Tennessee 11. Tallahassee, Florida 12. Frankfort, Kentucky 13. Augusta, Maine 14. Jackson, Mississippi 15. Providence, Rhode Island 16. Trenton, New Jersey 17. Salt Lake City, Utah 18. Saint Paul, Minnesota 19. Boston, Massachusetts 20. Raleigh, North Carolina 21. Pierre, South Dakota 22. Charleston, West Virginia 23. Madison, Wisconsin 24. Richmond, Virginia 25. Olympia, Washington 26. Annapolis, Maryland 27. Carson City, Nevada 28. Lansing, Michigan 29. Boise, Idaho 30. Jefferson City, Missouri 31. Columbus, Ohio 32. Honolulu, Hawaii 33. Hartford, Connecticut 34. Indianapolis, Indiana 35. Cheyenne, Wyoming 36. Baton Rouge, Louisiana 37. Salem, Oregon 38. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 39. Springfield, Illinois 40. Columbia, South Carolina 41. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 42. Dover, Delaware 43. Montpelier, Vermont 44. Concord, New Hampshire 45. Des Moines, Iowa 46. Topeka, Kansas 47. Atlanta, Georgia 48. Austin, Texas We’re almost done. You’re almost through – only two more states to go. 49. Albany, New York 50. Denver, Colorado Singing out the capitals will help you to remember. So play this song just once a week from April to December. It won’t be long until you learn them all and it will make you smarter. But, if you forget to listen once a week, it will only make things harder.
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Who discovered America? Who discovered America? Won’t you discover America? Was it Columbus when he sailed the ocean blue on October 12, 1492. He discovered the Bahamas for his King and Queen, but then he died in poverty in 1519. Who discovered America? Who discovered America? Who discovered America? Who discovered America? Won’t you discover America. Won’t you discover America – Was it the Norsemen back in the year 1000 while seeking a settlement off of Greenland. Evidence shows that it might have been them as they traveled down the coast-line of New England. Who discovered America? Who discovered America? Who discovered America? Who discovered America? Won’t you discover America. Won’t you discover America – Was it a group of Tribal Indians like the Navajo, the Creek and the Mohicans? Were they the first to settle on this great land, yes it’s a complicated history to comprehend. Who discovered America? Who discovered America? Who discovered America? Who discovered America? Won’t you discover America? Won’t you discover America –
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Five Hundred Nations – many generations – met with complications, put on reservations. Five hundred nations. Wallawalla – Chippewa Iroquois and Chickasaw Winnabego – Wichita Cherokee and Shoshone Seminole and Wylackie Nez Perce – Navaho – Spokane and Sobobo Wasco – Yakima – Hopi, Creek and Yuma Maricopa Omaha Pueblo and Ponca Tulalip and Shasta Stockbridge – Snohomish Mesa Grande – Martinez Pawnee – Mojave Sioux – La Jolla – Blackfoot Comanche – Crow and Quileute Delaware and Flathead Kickapoo and Redwood Apache and Arapaho Five Hundred Nations – many generations – met with complications, put on reservations. Five hundred nations.
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Mayflower 03:52
They took the Mayflower – back in 1620 – on a daring journey to the land of the free. They took the Mayflower – over rough and dark seas – to start new colonies – 102 pilgrims – twenty-three families 1. John and Katherine Carver – who both died in 1621 2. William Brewster and his wife and son 3. Edward Winslow and his wife Elizabeth – she died in 1621 4. William Bradford and wife Dorothy - she drowned in Cape Cod Harbor 5. Isaac Allerton and wife Mary - she died in the spring of 1621 6. Samuel Fuller 7. John Crackston and his son 8. Captain Myles Standish & his wife Rose who died in Plymouth - spring of 1621 9. Christopher Martin and wife, Marie. She also did not make it through that first cold winter 10. William Mullins & his wife, both arrived safely, but then died - spring of 1621 11. William White survived by his wife and son 12. The Hopkins family – who lived long and prospered 13. Richard Warren who’s wife & five daughters followed soon on another ship 14. John Billington who was later arrested for murder 15. Edward Tilley – his wife Ann died in 1621 16. Francis Cooke and son John 17. Thomas Rogers and his son Joseph 18. Thomas Tinker and his wife and son. None of them survived the first year 19. John and Alice Rigsdale, both survived the journey but not the first winter 20. The Chilton Family 21. Mr. and Mrs. Edward Fuller, both survived the journey, but not the first year 22. John Turner and two sons – all three died that first cold winter 23. Francis Eaton, wife Sarah and their baby Samuel. Sarah died too, along with nearly half of the Mayflower pilgrims They took the Mayflower back in 1620 – on a daring journey. They took the Mayflower.
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The very first states were colonies. The colonists came from over-seas. The very first states were colonies. THIRTEEN colonies. Georgia and New Hampshire and Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. Massachusetts and Connecticut and North Carolina - New Jersey, New York, Delaware and South Carolina. The very first states were colonies. The colonists came from over-seas. The very first states were colonies. THIRTEEN colonies. 1. Georgia 2. New Hampshire 3. Maryland 4. Virginia 5. Pennsylvania 6. Rhode Island 7. Massachusetts 8. Connecticut 9. North Carolina 10. New Jersey 11. New York 12. Delaware 13. South Carolina The very first states were colonies. The colonists came from over-seas. The very first states were colonies. THIRTEEN colonies.
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Did you know there were over five hundred different tribes, comprising of about one million native American Indians living in America when the first settlers arrived? Manhattan Island in New York was purchased from the Indians for $25.00 back in 1626. The American Revolution began in 1775 and ended in 1781, securing America’s freedom from England. Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Virginia was home to four of the first five American presidents. The Constitution, penned primarily by James Madison has been used as a model by other countries. The Mexican-American war began in 1846 and ended in 1848 with the treaty of Guadalupe Hildalgo. The U.S. agreed to pay Mexico fifteen million dollars in exchange for 500,000 square miles of territory. The Civil War between the southern and northern states began in 1861 & ended in 1865. Over a half million soldiers died in that war. American Slavery began in 1619 in the Jamestown colony. The 13th amendment to the constitution abolished slavery in 1865. The statue of Liberty was a gift from the people of France. She arrived by boat in pieces and has resided in New York City since 1886. America entered World War I in 1917. The Germans surrendered on Nov. 11, 1918. The 19th amendment was ratified in 1920, giving women the right to vote. The Great Depression began on October 29, 1929 when the stock market crashed. It lasted nearly ten years. United States entered World War II after Pearl Harbor in Hawaii was bombed by Japanese planes on December 7, 1941. The war ended after the U.S. used a new technology – the atomic bomb in 1945. In 1950 North Korea invaded South Korea. The United States sent troops to stop the invasion. The war ended in 1953 along with the lives of over 25,000 American soldiers. The Vietnam War was the longest war in U.S. history, beginning in 1964 and ending in 1973 with a cease-fire agreement. On July 20, 1969, American Astronaut Neil Armstrong was the first person to set foot on the moon. When America was attacked on Sept. 11, 2001 by nineteen terrorists, it was the catalyst for the ‘war on terror’ declared by President George W. Bush.
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What state are you from? Are you from Minnesota? Texas, Oklahoma, New York or Kentucky? What state are you from? Are you from California? Washington or Arkansas, or the hills of Tennessee? What state are you from? Are you from Indiana? Illinois or Oregon, New Mexico or Maine? What state are you from Are you from Alabama? South Dakota, Arizona, or the Midwest Michigan. What state are you from? Are you from Mississippi? Iowa, Wyoming, Utah or Rhode Island? What state are you from? Are you from North Dakota? Florida, Ohio, Vermont or Maryland? Wherever you come from – be proud of where you’re from. It’s where you got your start so keep it near your heart. And, go back when you can to visit with your clan. It’s part of who you are – and you’re a bright and shining star. What state are you from? Are you from Massachusetts? Delaware, New Jersey, Kansas or Idaho? What state are you from? Are you from Colorado? Pennsylvania, or Montana, or Hawaii like Don Ho? What state are you from? Are you from West Virginia? Georgia or Nebraska, Wyoming or Nevada? What state are you from? Are you from the Carolinas? Utah or Connecticut or way far north up in Alaska? Hey! What state are you from? Are you from the cheese capital of Wisconsin? Are you from Iowa, New Hampshire, Virginia, Mississippi or Missouri? What state are you from? Are you from Michigan, like I am? Or are you from a foreign land – from a different country? Wherever you come from – be proud of where you’re from. It’s where you got your start so keep it in your heart. And, go back when you can to visit with your clan. It’s part of who you are – and you’re a bright and shining star.
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Go West 01:47
It was 1862 when Lincoln had a plan. He said, “Go west! Go west young man! You’ll get a 160 acres of land to do with whatever you can. Just go west! Go west, young man. Go west, young man and settle that land. Take your family and belongings - pack ‘em up in your covered wagon. And, go west. Go west, young man. You can farm on. Build on it. Raise a herd of cattle, just get out there as fast as you can. It was named the Homestead Act. It’s the reason why they all packed. To go west. Go west, young man. You’ll get a 160 acres of land to do with whatever you can. Just go west! Go west, young man. Go west, young man and settle that land. Take your family and belongings - pack ‘em up in your covered wagon. And, go west. Go west, young man. You can farm on it. Build on it. Raise a herd of cattle, just get out there as fast as you can. You can farm on it. Build on it. Raise a herd of cattle. Just get out there as fast as you can!
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Have you ever wondered when each state was born - when they all first came to be - when they each were formed? They didn’t just all happen together overnight. Some of them were paid for and others took a fight.

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Janine Cooper Ayres Los Angeles, California

Hi there. My name is Janine and I am an L.A. based singer/songwriter. I also like to paint, create other-worldly looking characters and write stories too. Thanks for dropping by my Bandcamp page. I'm happy to share my music and art with you and would be even happier if you would make a purchase. :) ... more

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