Culture Connection

Coming Soon: Culture Connection – The Series

Coming this Fall: A new interview, photography, video series “Culture Connection” exploring local history and global cultural touch points that make up our American fabric.

Ever since the American election in 2016, it’s been hard to avoid the upheaval happening at nearly every level in this country. We are a young nation – vast and complicated. There has been both greatness and failures, and I see a great many issues spilling out into the main stream for discussion that have always been there whether one wanted to see them or not – we must face them, learn, listen, and move forward together. Yet I also see so much division, when this is a country – much like my other one, Canada – that gets it’s strength from it’s diversity, and I have immensely enjoyed my many road trips around the country, in regions big and small, over the past few years, discovering the many (many) nuances around the USA. When I explain to friends who live abroad how much fun they would have in other places around America beyond NYC & LA (both which I adore, and live in, I was just making a point), they were often surprised/curious about them – such as New Orleans, Miami, Austin, Santa Fe, Minneapolis, Chicago, Portland, Charleston, Nashville, and more. And in all honesty, I get these question from fellow Americans who have not done much domestic travel themselves, so I thought with all my time out there, it would be a wonderful opportunity to bring some of what I see  & learn – beyond politics – in Anthony Bourdain style (said with great humility and admiration, he is just always an inspiration). Of course, I can’t possibly being to cover the many injustices and major issues we face, but rather to share & celebrate the unique aspects of these many places and faces.

As someone who travels extensively, loves history, culture and connecting over conversation with people in new places, I thought there was no better time than now than to revisit and explore each of the 50 states, listen about what the struggles & triumphs are of each place, what makes them unique. Join me as I capture stories of people and places this Fall, both here on the blog and on CultureConnectionUSA.com

A short, generalized history of the founding of the United States can be found nearly everywhere, from books to wikipedia to ‘Hamilton’, but it’s important to understand that a lot of personal accounts have been omitted.  (*Important to note that history in general is very one-sided – in that it mostly excludes indigenous stories, African American Stories, Women’s stories, Immigrant stories and more. Heck, even living in both Canada and the USA, we were told conflicting reports on the war of 1812!)

USA HISTORY

Quick intro: The history of the United States began with the settlement of Indigenous people before 15,000 BC. Numerous cultures formed. Around 1492,  the European colonization of the Americas began, with most colonies formed after 1600. By the 1770s, thirteen British colonies contained 2.5 million people along the Atlantic coast east of the Appalachian Mountains. After defeating France, the British government imposed a series of new taxes after 1765, rejecting the colonists’ argument that new taxes needed their approval. Tax resistance, especially the Boston Tea Party (1773), led to punitive laws by Parliament designed to end self-government in Massachusetts. Read on for the story

 

THE 50 STATES

The “*” denotes where I have visited so far – I hope to see them all!

Alabama*
Alaska
Arizona*
Arkansas
California*
Colorado*
Connecticut*
Delaware*
Florida*
Georgia*
Hawaii*
Idaho*
Illinois*
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas*
Kentucky*
Louisiana*
Maine*
Maryland*
Massachusetts*
Michigan*
Minnesota*
Mississippi*
Missouri
Montana*
Nebraska
Nevada*
New Hampshire*
New Jersey*
New Mexico*
New York*
North Carolina*
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon*
Pennsylvania*
Rhode Island*
South Carolina*
South Dakota
Tennessee*
Texas*
Utah*
Vermont*
Virginia*
Washington*
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming*

 

AND TERRITORIES

Currently, the United States has sixteen territories, five of which are permanently inhabited: Puerto Rico, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, United States Virgin Islands and American Samoa. The 11 uninhabited territories administered by the Interior Department are Palmyra Atoll, Baker Island, Howland Island, Jarvis Island, Johnston Atoll, Kingman Reef, and Midway Islands. While claimed by the US, Navassa Island, Wake Island, Serranilla Bank and Bajo Nuevo Bank are disputed.

 

Author: Carrie Mitchell

Carrie A. Mitchell is the founder of L’Aventure Travel, the host of the Suitcase Sojourn Podcast, and author of the children’s travel book “To Be We”. Carrie is a global travel and hospitality expert who works with publications, brands and entertainment outlets on a number of travel related projects, from marketing consulting to editorial coverage to hosting & producing content for the web, TV and podcasts. She is always seeking to learn from people and places around the world, and share through her cultural exploration (40+ countries and counting)