Discover America

by Janine Cooper Ayres

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released April 12, 2016

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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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Track Name: Singing out the Capitals
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.
Track Name: Who Discovered America?
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 –
Track Name: Five Hundred Nations
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.
Track Name: Mayflower
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.
Track Name: The Very First States
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.
Track Name: American Facts
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.
Track Name: What State Are You From?
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.
Track Name: Go West
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!
Track Name: Have You Ever Wondered?
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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