Why Does America Still Celebrate The Revolutionary 4TH Of July :Easy Flag Cake- Or Design Your Own.

Why Did America Want To Be Independant...

Do you know why Americans celebrate the 4th of July each year, and have done since 1776?, or why NY Fireworks should make the news?. If you dont know , come along with me and lets find out.

I needed to know this important part in America's history ,and so I have written about it in a way that is simple, and easy to understand, why it is that Americans celebrate, and hold the 4th of July a very special day. I will also include relevant links to events that explain more in detail and even treats to make the lesson even more memorable.

I know that most people love to eat cake and who could resist the recipe I have included to mark the memorable ocassion with a colourful , creative cake!

Revolutionary 4th Of July

Independance Day-July 4TH 1776

Do you know what why Americans celebrate the 4th of July?

Movies have been made , songs written and sung , poems recited and people have risked their lives for this historic event in America.So I decided to find out why this day was and is important for Americans.

How would you feel if someone older than you ,like an older brother or sister kept telling you what and how to do things,then kept asking for more and more money,kinda like taking your allowance and not letting you decide rules for yourself.

It would make me pretty mad after a while , and thats exactly how the the colonist felt up until 1776.

Great Britain was like an older brother and kept trying to make the rules, and wanting more tax money. The people who had moved to this new land to start fresh were working very hard to make new homes and build places ,it is never easy starting out from scratch.

Eventually they got mad at the leaders of Great Britain ,because they wanted to make some new rules for their new land, decide for themselves who would be in charge and how to spend their own money.

This is called 'Independance'. Some of the men got together and decided they needed to discuss how to get their freedom ,not just for a little while but for all future generations. Their new homeland was called America, so they were called Americans.

Thomas Jefferson was one of the men in this group ,and he wrote all of their ideas down .This was called the first draft. A few changes were made later, and once they all agreed on how they wanted America to be the paper was called

The Declaration Of Independance' The leaders of the new land, met and signed this document in a place called Pennsylvania,USA

Signing 4th July 1776
Signing 4th July 1776

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA!!- I BAKED A CAKE FOR YOU!!

Easy No Bake 4th Of July Flag Cake..

  • 8ozs cream cheese
  • 4ozs plain yoghurt
  • 4ozs ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla

1 zest of a lemon

Mix all ingredientsa in a food processor, spread in a pan or suitable serving platter (9" x13")

Decorate with blueberries for stars,raspberries or strawberries for stripes. Chill.

Happy Birthday America

Why Does America Celebrate the 4th Of July?

The new Americans wanted to make goals, and rules for future generations to follow so they could keep their Independence.

It was a difficult time and they had to have alot courage, and strength to hold firm ,to what they believed in. Great Britain did not agree with their decision and accused them of treason for turning away from them, some risked being hanged or punished for wanting Independance.

Now you know why Americans remember and celebrate their Freedom and Independance.

So Its Time ToCelebrate this 4th of July,and what better way than to do it with a party!!!

To make this Freedom day ,eeven more memorable ,why not invite a homeless person back to your place for the day!

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the shark 7 years ago

Hello EagleKiwi,

great topic and good work writing it. One of the poblems the early Amereicans faced was taxation without representation. They had taxes on tea being levied on them to support Great Britan, but had no vote on these taxes. This was why on a cold night in December a goup of men climbed aboard ther Beaver II in Boston harbor and threw the tea chests over board. The event became known as the Boston Tea Party. The Colonists refused to buy the King's tea and started protesting by purchasing coffee. It is why Coffee is the beverage of choice to this day in America.

The Founding Faters were men of courage, it didn't mean they were not afraid of what would happen to them and their families if they were not successful in their cause, but despite their fears they did what they knew and believed was the right thing to do.

It was why upon gaining liberation from Britan that they formed a Represntitive form of government.

It is unfortuante, but most of these lessons are lost in government run schools today. Civics is not even a required course, and US history is not taught in most schools until high school. Even then it is more of a social studies class than it is history. The first grade I had US history in was grade 4, then again in grade 6 and again in HS. I ask young people just simple questions about US history and I just get a blank stare.

Sad, but is one of the reasons we find ourselves in the mess that we are in today.

God Bless, and keep up the great writing

The Shark---taking a bite out of liberalism


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

Thanks for highlighting these historical facts for us, EagleKiwi


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livewithrichard 7 years ago from Charleston, SC

Good hub and a nice setup for the recipe...which sounds real good too. I love my country and I celebrate the 4th every year with a BBQ and fireworks and then I read things like this hub that make me ponder on why we celebrate. Is it a guise like most of our other holidays to make money for big corporations? Don't really know. I do know that our fight for independece was to win control over the issuance of money. Great Britain had control of the money. Who has control over our money now? Did we fight for independence just to become dependent on our own central banking system... I know, it's a little deep for a recipe hub, but it is food for thought.


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Eaglekiwi 7 years ago from -Oceania Author

Thankyou so much for your input Shark. I am learning as a foreigner , so wrote it more of an light introductory account, each bite I take of early American history gives me a greater appreciation and I guess Im a slow eater ( takes time to grow in wisdom) lol.

I am sure you , and others could write a much more comprehensive article ( please do!) and thankyou for your words of encouragement. One of my sons back home in ( NZ) initated a family discussion on Independance Day ,so I got to thinking maybe their are other immigrants like me who need to read a few basics first. I am eager to read more about Thomas Jefferson now too , wouldnt it be cool if he was still here!!


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Eaglekiwi 7 years ago from -Oceania Author

Gypsy , you are very welcome ,lovely to see you too!

livewithrichard, yes it is food for thought indeed and relevant points you make. Difficult to know all the why's ,but one things for sure , those early leaders had strength of character and Im sure that same blood ( if not determination) will see good men uphold ,and give strength to the same values again.


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Pete Maida 7 years ago

There was a lot going on during that time. England was in tough financial straights. What Americans know as the French and Indian War was really just one theater of a war that was faught in Europe for many years. It could be considered the real First World War. The war ended and England was left almost broke. They felt justified in demanding more financial support considering the money they spent protecting the colonies.

There was work being done to reach an agreement on representation but talks broke down.

Our founding fathers were men of great courage. Signing the document painted a large target on their backs.


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Eaglekiwi 7 years ago from -Oceania Author

Thankyou Pete for the added historic information and explaining Great Britains reasoning.

England seems to have been involved in other similar scenerios too ,Scotland ,Wales , Australia , New Zealand etc. I admit I am naive when it comes to Politics , but on the face of it just seems unfair to keep making demands ( taxes etc) like they did, of course Im sure depending on which side of the history aisle you look ,facts will vary slightly.


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JamaGenee 7 years ago from Central Oklahoma

Eagle, America had been a collection of British colonies for over 170 years. The Tea Tax was simply the last straw for colonists being bled dry by the Crown. The wonder is we didn't declare independence sooner, seeing how the Pilgrims had come here in 1620 to be independent of the Church of England!


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Eaglekiwi 7 years ago from -Oceania Author

Hey J , the more I read the more fascinating it becomes ,although not surprising either!!. Conquering nations such as GB in that time period ,I was aware of in the Pacific ,though its only in the last 30 yrs that history books have been revamped to include ALL the facts so to speak. I cant wait til New Zealand gains her Independance too. Thanks JG.


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Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

A great history lesson, and a great cake recipe! You just don't get that combo enuf! You have just begun to dig!! Keep going!!


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Eaglekiwi 7 years ago from -Oceania Author

Thanks Candie , Im a naughty student , I get so easily distracted,from the Declaration of Independance to ' gotta have' mmm cake!!, but learning is learning right?......freedoms worth celebrating woohooo!! my M.I.L is from Boston , and Ive just bombarded her with questions ( thank god she loves me)....lol.


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Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

We all loves ya!!.. LOL...mmm cake!! Very Homer Simpson!


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kiwi91 7 years ago from USA

Good hub, takes me back to the text book days of History class. I live in the thick of Revolutionary War territory in MA, so I'm familiar with all of this. Of course, nowadays is more about fireworks than patriotism, but it's a fun day nonetheless.


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Eaglekiwi 7 years ago from -Oceania Author

Thankyou  for commenting Kiwi..I know its written simply ,but that's how I best digest history (sorry) thing is I was talking to this lady from Mexico and I got to asking her questions , turned out that I knew more than her ,and that made me think( gosh) well there are hundreds and hundreds of immigrants from all over the world here in the USA , maybe , they can learn with me. ( plus I knew you guys would add more) grins.......its neat finding out things along the way too ,like who designed the flag , who sewed the flag etc.


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Everyday Miracles 7 years ago from Indiana, USA

Kiwi,

Slow growth is often the best kind because it gives you the opportunity to really digest what you're learning.

I think you did a good job of briefly covering this subject. I like to think of Independence Day as a day that we remember (rather than celebrate) what it is to be under a totalitarian rule :)


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

That looks like a yummy cake! I just want the cake :).


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Eaglekiwi 7 years ago from -Oceania Author

@EM..Thankyou for reading ,I appreciate it. Yes  andI have learned even more just through the comments. History was usually one of those "have to" learn topics for me at school ,plus that has changed alot too ,so its always 'new' if youve never heard it before....(did that make sense) lol

Not sure what you mean by totalitarian rule though ,isnt that more like what China and Korea are like now?  oh re-read that , you mean what is was like before gaining Independance.(sorry)

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@SP..I will save ya a slice or eat it and save you the calories lol ( a moment on the lips-forever on the hips) lol..nahh no party pooper here besides Freedoms worth Celebrating! thankyou for making a comment too. Have a great day.


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Eaglekiwi 7 years ago from -Oceania Author

badco , well 4th of july will be a new experience for this kiwi too , lol sorry bouts the change thingy , i get bored I think , and I liked the dress ,when im a serious author I will stay the same ,promise....besides you do! have loads of new friends yippppeeeee.....to your best life


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RGraf 7 years ago from Wisconsin

Very good. I love the cookouts with my family on that day.


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fortunerep 7 years ago from North Carolina

Great hub, where were you when I had to do papers on this in school!!!

dori


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mayhmong 7 years ago from North Carolina

You got me singing the star bangled banner song from this!? Thanks for reminding us what the 4th of July is really about!


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trooper22 7 years ago from Chicago

Well done EK!


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Eaglekiwi 7 years ago from -Oceania Author

Rgraf...I specially love b-bq's,and we must buy another grill...or invite me to yours ,and i will bring the cake

fortunerep,...lol im a better student now ,than when I should have been. one thing though is History is definately much more fun than it used to be when I was in High School for sure!

Mayhmong, thankyou for your comments , thats my next mission ,to sing it, does humming count lol

trooper ,appreciate your encouragement thankyou.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

Very nice Hub here. I enjoyed reading it. Thanks.


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Eaglekiwi 7 years ago from -Oceania Author

Thankyou James,appreciate you takin the time to comment.-cheers


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RedElf 7 years ago from Canada

Interesting to hear from you on this topic and kudos to you for taking it on. Well done.


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RedElf 7 years ago from Canada

Interesting to hear from you on this topic and kudos to you for taking it on. Well done.


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Eaglekiwi 7 years ago from -Oceania Author

Thankyou RedElf wasnt til I really thought about it that I knew I didnt know quite the full story ,and I didnt want to come across as just reading facts ,and not really understanding them , so thankyou for acknowledging my efforts....


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Lisa HW 7 years ago from Massachusetts

It's always good to see mention of the principles of on which the nation was founded, because these days it seems as if a lot of people (Americans) have become oblivious to those principles.    A great book/DVD for anyone interested in how things went on is David McCullough's "John Adams".

I've grown up/lived in the area around Boston and Lexington/Concord, and it's kind of nice to have access to things like Old North Church (where people gathered to discuss their plans) and Paul Revere's house.  The fact that these places still stand is a reminder that it was really all that long ago (in the "scheme of life").   


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Eaglekiwi 7 years ago from -Oceania Author

Hi Lisa ,thankyou for reading and making comment. I think being educated on where you live ,work , and lay your head to sleep each night is a good thing to do,(for anyone) least I think so, even my son who is University back in New Zealand did not know a couple if things related to this significant part in America's history,of course he added mum America also makes the best cake!! (typical huh) lol.

Wow you came from an area rich in history indeed! !thankyou for sharing once again, and I will look out for that dvd /book you mentioned too.


ralwus 7 years ago

Eagle, this is a great first start for you on your American journey. Simple to digest for those who don't know. But the story is much more and you know that I am sure. I have many ancestors that were involved in that fight for Independence, all either former or decendents of Highlanders. Some of my ancestors were even with the British fighting against their brethren here in the colonies.

Are you trying to gain citizenship dear? if so, best of luck and welcome to America. I hope you enjoyed your first 4th of July.


t13nr4 7 years ago

nice post!

keep writing!!!


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Eaglekiwi 7 years ago from -Oceania Author

t13nr4-thanks for the heads up,appreciate your comments!


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Eaglekiwi 7 years ago from -Oceania Author

ralwus -Wonderful to hear your comments, and how amazing that you are related historically to an amazing part of America's history. Yes there is so much more ,and many have covered the subject honorably.

No, at this point I am not trying to gain citzenship ,but I am married to an American and living here ,and I took it as an opportunity to learn while I can and I had my first 4th of July cook-out last week-end too.Lots of fun ,(and did I mention the food) , the hosts were wonderful ,even presented me with a gift since it was my first 4th July , how amazing was that !! Thankyou for your welcome Ralwus ,x ekiwi x


ralwus 7 years ago

Hey, I think it's great you are here and had a great time. sounds like great people to be around, your hosts. Enjoy America now, we are young and still ever changing for the better in some ways.


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Eaglekiwi 7 years ago from -Oceania Author

Im going to read up on Thomas Jefferson ( like the bits n pieces ive read so far),can you recommend any others I might enjoy?.......im real keen to know where they all came from too ( forefathers)....


Real Politic 7 years ago

American businessmen realised they could make a lot more money trading with the rest of world, rather than merely trading with Britain. Business men still rule the country of course, The idealists were only front men, then and now.


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Eaglekiwi 7 years ago from -Oceania Author

Real Poltic, Interesting response ,thankyou for making it. I do think business ,and growing disatisfaction (for want of a better word) with Great Britian certainly had a big influence.

Not sure I understand your comment about 'front me' then and now?


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stephanie mclain 7 years ago from Texas

I'm almost...a week late to this, but just wanted to say GREAT JOB! :)

I live on a military installation with my husband, so as you can imagine the 4th of July is a really big thing around here. In fact, it's one of my favorite holidays.

Even though the 4th is over I may still try that cake out and share with my hubbys unit. I'll let you know how it goes over. :)


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Eaglekiwi 7 years ago from -Oceania Author

no problem being late ...so glad ya arrived!

wow Im so jealous of you celebrating the 4th in style !!! good for you.

This was my 1st, 4th of July and we got invited to a small church gathering ,followed by a b-b-q and my fav ,cheeseburgers!!,but I was amazed with this hamburger designed cake too ,so creative ...just had to try that ,actually wasnt sure with the first slice (j/k) so had me another hahaha....then one of the ladies gave me this candle decorated so I woulkd remember my first 4th July....awwww....wasnt expecting that , so sweet to do that, was all teary eyed.

(havent done it yet ,but i guess you could change the design to whatever you wanted,for other occassions too) yea do let me know how it goes over .Regards- ekiwi


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stephanie mclain 7 years ago from Texas

Awww, that was very sweet of her to give you something to remember your first 4th of July.

I love living here on the military base, but miss home. (Texas) We always have a big family cook out & shoot off fireworks.


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Eaglekiwi 7 years ago from -Oceania Author

yes it very sweet ! hubby teased me bout eating so much cake ,but he got a tummy bug from the chilli ( we think) so bring on the cake I say ,lol...

Oh Texas....you are so famous for all things beef right!!...and I wanna visit the Alamo and see real cowboys,get real boots and ..and..lol..will you go home for thanksgiving maybe.


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GeneralHowitzer 7 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

Cutting edge synonymous to something that is so sharp to be very very good.


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Eaglekiwi 7 years ago from -Oceania Author

Oh yes Iike that compliment very much then. Thankyou and kia ora !


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stephanie mclain 7 years ago from Texas

lol Yes, Texas is known for cowboys and beef. lol I'm a vegetarian though. I'm not sure how that happened. :)

I won't make it home for Thanksgiving, but I'll be there for Chrsitmas. :)There's no white Christmas where I'm from. :( I had to move here before ever seeing snow. lol


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Eaglekiwi 7 years ago from -Oceania Author

awww..ok well roll on Christmas huh! , no Im not used to Christmas celebrated in the Winter ,back home Santa claus is in shorts and grillin on the beach cuz its summer time then......its great experience different things .

psst , can we maybe do a deal then , you gimme the steak an ill give ya the beans ,hehe...tc


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stephanie mclain 7 years ago from Texas

lol It's still winter, but it doesn't get "cold" until around February and even our cold isn't too bad. :) Only freezes a couple days out of the year. lol

Ok, we'll pass the beans and steak under the table. :)


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Appletreedeals 7 years ago from Salisbury, Maryland USA

hmmmm! The facts are good. but I want some cake.


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Eaglekiwi 7 years ago from -Oceania Author

lol , well whats a party without a great birthday cake! learning should be fun.


Rookie70 6 years ago

Is Memorial Day the greatest holiday of all?


chris 6 years ago

love this american flag cake you might like this website http://www.freecakebook.com


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Eaglekiwi 6 years ago from -Oceania Author

Hi rookie, sorry as a non-American Im not qualified to answer that question ,but one thing I know history is interesting and in those moments of digesting -theres always cake!

Thankyou for your comments.


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WoodsmensPost 5 years ago from Arizona

What a great explanation of why Americans still celebrate the 4th of July. We celebrate most every year with cook out, drinks, games, parades and into the night where the sky's are lit up with fireworks. It's a nice time where Americans can feel and sense the freedom and independence that our forefathers set in place for the future. It probably is one of the most important days in America for some but not all. I really like this version and the way it was written. A nice decorated cake to enjoy after a reading, wonderful!!!


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Eaglekiwi 5 years ago from -Oceania Author

Thank you so much for you kind and encouraging comments.

I think its great to show such pride in good things.

Independance is certainly right up there!

New Zealand (my country of origin) is more than halfway there and I know I will be one of the first to send the biggest ,and brightest rocket skyward lol lol.

And cake ,well Ive made many new friends over cake in the U.S so it seemed doubly fitting to combine the two delights~

Thanks again


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HSanAlim 5 years ago from Indonesia

My husband says that the original colonies did not actually get along that well but they had to unite to survive. Taxation without representation was but one of the grievances serious enough to cause this union. You can actually read, one by one the things the colonies were upset about, it's right there in the Declaration of Independence document.

Another point is the colonies had existed for about 200 years before realizing a union to be called democracy was the only way they could unite, get along and survive.

Even then democracy was messy but it was, as it is now, the only alternative for people's who want to have freedom and liberty.


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Eaglekiwi 5 years ago from -Oceania Author

Thank you very much for sharing that information HSanAlim.

You have encouraged me to continue my studies.

Seems amazing that as I type this fireworks are lighting up the night sky ending another celebrated 4th Of July.

Glad you stopped bye xo


Trice 5 years ago

Thank you for sharing this information. I had always wondered why july 4th seemed so special to America.


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Eaglekiwi 5 years ago from -Oceania Author

Thank-you Trice ,for your comments,it is appreciated.


Tristan 4 years ago

I think this is why we need to keep celebrating the 4th and continue to recognize our patrotic figures...

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Eaglekiwi 4 years ago from -Oceania Author

I agree absolutely and history is important to know for many reasons. Thank-you for your comments.

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