Detroit’s Geographic Role In The Underground Railroad

Detroit is known as the “Motor City” and “Motown”. It is also known for things that have brought it a bad reputation. However, there is a very important part of its history, which was shaped by its geography. Detroit was one of the major stops along the Underground Railroad. It must be understood that the…

A Tale Of 2 Kansas Citys

The title says it all. Two Kansas Citys. And this is one of the reasons learning about geography is so crucial. In the world of sports, there are some who believe that Kansas City is in Kansas. Wait a minute? Kansas City is located in Kansas. However, that is not the Kansas City that MLB’s…

Geography And Black History: Mexico’s Role In The Underground Railroad.

. When it comes to the Underground Railroad, Canada is the destination mentioned often, and it is something taught in American schools. And with good reasons. Slaves who wanted to escape to freedom would make their trek to Canada, and ultimately, freedom. At least 30,000 slaves made their way to Canada. (Routes slaves took to…

A Picture’s Worth A Geography Lesson: Guntersville Lake

It is said that a picture is a worth a thousand words. A picture can also be worth a geography lessonn, depending on what one looks at. The photo below: Guntersville Lake, and Guntersville, AL. That photo, taken from an airplane, can be said to have some picturesque value. A geography lesson can be gained…

St. Paul and Minneapolis: A Tale Of Fraternal Twin Cities.

Did you know that the University of Minnesota straddles TWO cities? University of Minnesota-Twin Cities is located in BOTH Saint Paul and Minneapolis. This is mentioned for a different reason. Minneapolis and St. Paul. Together, they are known as the Twin Cities. However, they are not identical twins. Both cities are more like fraternal twins….

Apollo 11: Geography Lessson.

July 20, 1969. Over 50 years ago, 2 men, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin, embarked on the Apollo 11, a spaceflight that would take the first human beings to the moon. Apollo 11 was launched by the Saturn V rocket. The NASA Kennedy Space Center was its launching center. Space rocket launches are…

Kiritimati/Christmas Island.

Kiritimati, also known as Christmas Island, gets its name for the day explorer James Cook visited it, Christmas Eve, December 24, 1777. Kiritimati is the Gilbertese translation of Christmas, the language spoken in the Republic of Kiribati. Kiritimati is part of the Republic of Kiribati (Kirtibati has been independent since 1979, a member of the…

Christmas In A Geographic Perspective

Merry Christmas to those reading this. Merry Christmas!! Christmas is an important day for Christians all over the world. Christmas is about celebrating and commemorating the birth of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The holiday is about Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem. Bethlehem today is a city of 25,266 people. It…

Rocket City’s Geographic Source.

  The Rocket City. This is a positive nod to the space industry that has made this northern Alabama city famous. NASA has a presence in the city of Huntsville, AL. Florida isn’t the only place where NASA has a large presence. However, there is more to Huntsville than just the space industry. To understand…

Geography And Baseball: Cleveland’s Declining Attendance

  In 1989, the movie Major League came out. It was about an at-the-time horrible Cleveland Indians. Between 1960 and 1993, the Cleveland Indians managed only 6 seasons about the .500 mark (1965, 1976, 1979, 1981, 1986), and 1965 was the best they would do (87-75) for the balance of that time period. During the…