Who was “Dif” Smith?

If you were not raised in Texas or live outside the US, this Texas hero may have escaped your history lessons. Erastus Smith was born in New York on April 19, 1787.   In 1798, at age 11, his family moved to Port Gibson, Mississippi Territory (near Natchez) where he finished his formative years.  According to…

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The Sign of Grace

The year 1823 marked the end of the Champlain Valley’s relative isolation from the outside world and its entry into the US national economy.  The opening of the Champlain Canal fundamentally affected the economic development of the Champlain Valley in and around Lake Champlain, Burlington, VT.  The Champlain Canal also provided residents of Vermont and…

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