6 Lies Your School Taught You About America's Founding



I know that Cracked has a reputation of exaggerating theories as though they are all truth, but they do try to maintain a nugget of truth. To that end, this article about the founding of America and the many lies we've been taught about it are all pretty fascinating.
 In the decades between Columbus' discovery of America and the Mayflower landing at Plymouth Rock, the most devastating plague in human history raced up the East Coast of America. Just two years before the pilgrims started the tape recorder on New England's written history, the plague wiped out about 96 percent of the Indians in Massachusetts.

If that is true, it certainly explains a lot. In fact, many of their other list items in the article fit in with this idea.

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Funny this article is about un-truths about the demise of the American Indian and they show a picture of the crying Indian. Turns out the guy who plays this Indian was a Sicilian immigrant not American Indian.
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If it were true it might explain some things, however it's a blatant falsehood and about a minute and a half of research would tell you that. There is no census on the native peoples of this country prior to their being put on reservations and even when the 90% plus percentage is used by historians they don't mean before the pilgrims landed, they mean well after that into the early 1900s. This was one of the most misleading and chocked full of false information articles I've ever read on Cracked. Reader beware.
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This theory is explained (among other fine little gems of knowledge) in "1491", a very interesting book by Charles C. Mann. Plagues played a very big role in the conquest of America, not only in current USA but also in Inca and Aztec empires.
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"Backatchababy - This was one of the most misleading and chocked full of false information articles I’ve ever read on Cracked. Reader beware."

...says the mental giant who verbs adverbs.
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From the article:

Two Native Americans landed in Holland in 60 B.C.

The Cracked writer refers to the writings of a sociologist named James Loewen, but Loewen provides no documentation to support this claim.
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