Bicycling through History

BICYCLING THROUGH HISTORY

Columbus

Conquistadors 1

Conquistadors 2

St. Augustine

The Lost Colony

Jamestown VA

Colonies & Voyages

Charleston SC

GW Birthplace

Fredericksburg

Barbados

A Pirate Story

- Life in the 1700s -

Early Amer Hist QUIK

The Frontier of 1750s

Montreal

French and Indian War

Fort Frederick MD

Boone & Batteau

Gen Braddocks role

C&O Canal South

- The War for Independence -

Prior to Revo War

Revolution Part 1

Revolution Part 2

Revolution Part 3

Revolution Part 4

Revolution Part 5

Revolution Part 6

Revolution Part 7

Revolution Part 8

Revolution Part 9

Revolution Part 10

Revolution Part 11

Revolution Part 12

- Submerged History -

Sunken Treasure

The Reef at Looe Key

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Edition 1

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Edition 3

Edition 4

Edition 5

Edition 6

Edition 7

Edition 8

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This is all about Devil's Den, FL, but no devils.

Hernando DeSoto was one of the first Spanish Conquistadors known to have explored the inland parts of what is now Florida. He did that in 1539. DeSoto was already an accomplished explorer and on previous expeditions, he had found gold and silver which made him quite the rich man upon his return to Spain. He wanted to find more treasure, so he sailed across the Atlantic and ulimately landed near what is now Bradenton, FL. From there he traveled north by way of established native American indian trails with a large contingent of over 600 other conquistadors who were also seeking treasure.

Obviously, that many men would need to find fresh water to drink along the way. Devil's Den is very similar to other fresh water springs throughout central and northern Florida. It is for that reason, that we have chosen to include this video clip.


Scuba diving at fresh water springs is part of our plan to provide a series of online videos to discover American History.


Our series of online videos will present American History by going in a logical, sequential order.

These segments show the sequence we suggest, however, viewers can obviously choose whatever they want.
More video clips are in the process of being uploaded. It takes time to build the site, so please be patient.

  • Columbus - featuring a ship like the one he sailed to the new world.
  • Conquistadors 1 - featuring exploration of an island found by early explorers.
  • Conquistadors 2 - featuring ancient ruins that demonstrate what life was like in the 1500's.
  • Pirate Story - they tried to steal the gold and silver off Spanish ships on their way returning to Europe.
  • Sunken Treasure - featuring scuba diving to search the ocean floor in hopes of finding ships and their precious cargoes.
  • Our DVD series began by following the life of George Washington. The next links continue that sequence.
  • Summary of Early American History - provides a quick glimpse at colonizing.
  • A Fort in French and Indian War - features explanations and demonstrations of life in that time.
  • A brief look at Ft. Frederick, MD - we need to show what these places look like today and discuss the current situation.
  • There are many cycling trails that retrace the routes taken during the War for Independence.
  • Prior to Revo War - describes events leading up to the Revolutionary War and the early battles that took place.
  • Revolution Part 1 - shows the deliberations and voting at Independence Hall in Philadelphia.
  • Revolution Part 2 - has the early battles and severe challenges that faced General Washington and his Army.
  • Revolution Part 3 - provides insight to how the Continental Army evaded the British using what are now cycling trails.
  • Revolution Part 4 - has commentary from both British Commander Cornwallis and George Washington on tactics in war.
  • Revolution Part 5 - outlines more battles and adventures from the frontier west during the War for Independence.
  • Revolution Part 6 - covers several important aspects like Northwest Territories and the Battle of Bound Brook.
  • Revolution Part 7 - shows the progress from Valley Forge to Battle of Monmouth to Rhode Island and Nathanial Greene.
  • Revolution Part 8 - details the Siege of Boonesborough and some of the other events in the War across vast distances.
  • Revolution Part 9 - follows the action of the Southern Campaign across the Carolinas under the lead of General Greene.
  • Revolution Part 10 - gets to the culmination of the War from the Carolinas to the Siege at Yorktown, Virginia.
  • Revolution Part 11 - explains the subtle nuances of the British Surrender at Yorktown to the Continental Army.
  • Revolution Part 12 - offers overlooked facts regarding the time between Yorktown and the Treaty of Paris in 1783.

Some of our online videos are OUT OF SEQUENCE. We will have to explain their significance LATER.

This is one of our favorite introductory rides - Washington, DC.

  • Manatee Springs - in Florida is a great place for scuba diving and snorkeling.
  • Devil's Den - is another place that is popular for scuba diving in Florida.
  • Snowboarding and skiing are featured that have little or nothing to do with history.
  • Powder4Tom - features free-rider Tom in pristine powder conditions at a Utah winter resort.
  • Sno Riders - is about the excitement of winter sports in the mountains of Utah.
  • Brian Head - is the resort area of southern Utah where a favorite shop is found.

We also provide FREE downloads of select pieces

via Quicktime online videos.

Somehow, we got off the trail of "normal" American history. We were drawn to true stories that are rarely told or described in text books. As with the entire series, we seek out modern day subject matter experts who combine vast personal knowledge with a spirit of adventure to relive history around us today.

Because video on the web has become so popular, and because we have had so many requests for it, we are now providing a few unusual segments. These pieces simply did not fit into the sequential order we try to present on the DVDs. We find them fascinating and perhaps you will, too.

There are many ways to display video clips on the web. We have chosen MP4 as the format to use. It makes small files with relatively good quality.

Our intent with online video is merely to provide a brief glimpse into the more complete coverage provided on the DVDs. We also want to show footage NOT included on the DVDs.

The MP4 format makes these clips easy to download for display on a laptop, an iPod, iPad, tablet, smartphone or similar device.

We provide a way to preview the clips on the web at - The Video Page.

Try any of the the ones listed on our Video Page and then come back to visit this site again to see when we add more.


American History from the perspective of a Casual Cyclist.


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