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Native American groups got stuck with names chosen arbitrarily by European settlers. They were often derogatory names other tribes used to describe their rivals. For example, “Comanche” is derived from a word in Ute meaning “anyone who wants to fight me all the time,” according to the Encyclopaedia Britannica.

“It’s like having a map of North America where the United States is labeled ‘gringos’ and Mexico is labeled 'wetbacks,’ ” Herman says. “Naming is an exercise in power. Whether you’re naming places or naming peoples, you are therefore asserting a power of sort of establishing what is reality and what is not.”
What if...

…once a month, Mark pulled out a map of the United States of America, and a dart. He would throw said dart at said map and where it lands would be the location for his next livestream. 

He would get fans who lived close to come and take part. It would be magical. Oh and yes, after many successful streams, he ventures to other parts of the globe.

In his Map of North America, 1778, Jonathan Carver lays out 11 proposed territories or colonies that never came into existence, but are interesting to see today. Each territory is formed so that it has access to a river, which was the primary mode of transportation at the time. In 1784, Jefferson proposed 14 territories in roughly the same area, which may have been influenced by Carver’s plan.

United Monsters Of America: Infographic Reveals The Strange Beasts That Have Captured The Nation’s Imagination

From the Jersey Devil to the Mothman, the US is filled with fictional creatures that have come to life in the nation ’s imagination.

Now one artist has ruled to draw these cryptids by hand, revealing the beasts that are feared the most in each state.

Source: The Daily Mail

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9 fascinating ‘micronations,’ and where on earth to find them

These places broke away from larger nations and make all their own rules.