The city of Seattle is named for a local Indian chief, whose name was variously spelled Seattle, See-yat, and Sealth.
- At the 1939 New York World’s Fair, how large were the TryIon and the Perisphere? The symbols of the theme of the 1939 New York World's Fair, "The World of Tomorrow," were massive: The Trylon, a tapering three-sided shaft, was 750 feet high; the Perisphere was a globe…
- Who was the founder of Detroit? Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, a French explorer and administrator, founded Fort Pontchartrain du Detroit in 1701. The Cadillac automobile is named for him.
- Is it true that Manhattan Island was bought from the Indians for $24? What Peter Minuit gave the Manhattoe tribe was a package of trinkets and cloth valued at 60 guilders, roughly equivalent to $24.
- How much has the U.S. National Debt increased over the nation’s history? In 1800, the national debt was $83 million. In 1988, it was $2.6 trillion.
- How big is Manhattan Island? Manhattan is 13.4 miles long, 2.3 miles across at its widest point, and 22.5 square miles in area.
- What gave Times Square in New York its name? Times Square was named for the 1903 building that was headquarters for the New York Times. The building, located at the intersection of Seventh Avenue, Forty-second Street, and Broadway, transmitted news by the…