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How Colonialism Works

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Before World War II, a third of the world's population lived a territory controlled by a colonial power. HowStuffWorks examines colonialism.

Family Vacations: Colonial Williamsburg

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Colonial Williamsburg depicts the lives of early settlers. Find out more about family vacations at Colonial Williamsburg.

America's Lighthouses

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American lighthouses -- though they may be just decorations now -- used to serve a life-saving function. Learn about America's lighthouses.

Who was America's first murderer?

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America's first murderer was John Billington, who was one of the signers of the Mayflower Compact. Learn about America's first murderer.

Floating Fire Ant Rafts Are Horrifying, Dangerous, Really Cool

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What's the danger of floating fire ant colony rafts? Learn more about the insect survival strategy in this HowStuffWorks article.

How to Mimic the Look of an Early American Colonial Home

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Mimic the look of an early American colonial home with wall decoration. Learn how to mimic the look of an early American colonial home at TLC Home.

What if America had lost the Revolution?

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What if America had lost the Revolution? Read about what could have happened if America had lost its Revolutionary War.

How Onesimus, a Slave in Colonial Boston, Helped Stop a Smallpox Epidemic

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Onesimus, a slave in Boston, taught the process known as variolation. HowStuffWorks looks at how he saved countless lives.

Ridiculous History: When the Puritans Said 'Bah Humbug' to Christmas in America

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Christmas in America wasn't always observed with great fanfare — its pagan roots were loathed by many settlers. Learn more at HowStuffWorks Now.

How Flintlock Guns Work

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Flintlock guns were extremely important weapons in the American Revolution; they also formed the foundation of all modern guns. Learn about the gun that started it all.

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