Tuesday, March 25, 2014 —America, as we know it, is a young country. Even though some historians argue Leif Erickson or some of his Viking family members or friends may have landed in the new world before Columbus, we usually trace the recorded history of our continent as far back as only 1492. Of course, we should recognize native peoples inhabited this land for many millennia before the Europeans arrived in their sailing ships.
In the centuries after Columbus many settlers came to the new world seeking fame, fortune and freedom, and, with the Declaration of Independence, a new country began in 1776. Almost from the beginning, emigrants moved westward from the Atlantic shores creating farms and towns and eventually cities, counties and states.
For the full Editorial and more stories, read the March 25, 2014 edition of the Lassen County Times.