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Ohio, USA


Ohio, USA

The State of Ohio is central to the Midwestern states of the Great Lakes with its capital as Columbus. The state is bordered by the Ohio River in the south and the state of Kentucky, Lake Erie to the north, Pennsylvania to the East, Indiana to the West, West Virginia to the Southeast, and Michigan to the Northwest. The border with Michigan was changed due to the Toledo War to angle slightly northeast to the north shore of the Maumee River’s mouth. It is the 34th largest state in the United States as per land area, the tenth most densely populated, and the seventh most populated. The state was named after the river of the same name, which came from the Seneca tribe’s word “ohi:yo'” meaning “great river” or “good river”. It has the nickname of being the “Buckeye state” and its residents “buckeyes” after the numerous buckeye trees in the state. The state was admitted to the Union on March 1, 1803.

Geologically, Ohio features glaciated till plains minus the Great Black Swamp that is a extremely flat area in the Northwest. The glaciation from the east an southeast was the Allegheny Plateau, then another belt known as the unglaciated Allegheny Plateau causing rugged hills and forests. The rest of Ohio is low relief. The ruggest southeast stretches as a bow-like arc towards the Ohio river from the West Virginia Panhandle. There are several major rivers running through Ohio such as the Cuyahoga River, Great Miami River, Maumee River, Scioto River, and Muskingum River most of which drain into the northern Atlantic Ocean through Lake Erie and St. Lawrence River. Rivers in the southern part of the state drain into the Gulf of Mexico via the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. Ohio has a humid continental climate through most of the region except the extreme southern counties of the Bluegrass region that are defined as humid subtropical climate. Summers are hot and humid throughout the state with winters ranging from cool to cold. Precipitation is moderate year-round though bouts of severe weather are not uncommon such as tornados, snowstorms, rain storms, and sleet. There have been earthquakes as well through the state.

The first inhabitants of the region were nomadic Native American tribes and peoples dating to as early as 13,000 B.C.E. The early nomads disappeared from historical record by 1,000 B.C.E. From 1,000 B.C.E. to 800 B.C.E. the Adena culture dominated with semi-permanent villages with domestication of plants including sunflowers, squash, and potentially corn. The remainder was hunting and gathering moin into more settled and complex villages. The Great Serpent Mound in Adams County is one of the most superior remnants of the culture.

The Hopewell evolved from the Adena who also conducted mound-building activities creating complex, large sophisticated earthworks throughout the region. Trade became a major industry creating a large network amongst the early peoples of the region. The Hopewell vanished around 600 C.E. potentially from the rise of the Mississippian Culture Siouan-speaking people from the Plains and East Coast claim to be their ancestors living here until the 13th century C.E. It is believed that Ohio has three distinct prehistoric cultures: (1) the Fort Ancient People, (2) the Whittlesey Focus People, and (3) the Monongahela Culture. All three of these cultures disappeared by the 17th century with European contact and the diseases the Europeans brought with them.

The early inhabitants saw aggression and warfare with the Iroquois Confederation out of the area now defined as New York. The Beaver Wars of the mid-17th century saw the Iroquios claiing much of the area of Ohio for hunting and beaver-trapping. Epidemics from European contact also devastated the native populations by late 17th century. Towards the 18th century, the Algonquian peoples inhabited the region subsisting on agriculture and seasonal hunting. They became part of the larger global economy through the fur trade with Europeans and settlers.

With European contact and settlement, trade increased and Tobacco plantations were established. The Iroquoian Petun, Erie, Chonnonton, Wyandot, Mingo Seneca, and Iroquois Confederacy were the indigenous nations remaining from the 18th century onwards. Numerous massacres of the indigenous took place such as the Yellow Creek Massacre, Gnadenhutten, and Pontiac’s Rebellion school massacre until the remaining Native populations were pushed out especially with the Indian Removal Act of 1830.

The French settled and colonized the area with a system of trading posts regulating the fur trade. France and Great Britain fought over the region in the French and Indian War as well as in Europe during the Seven Year’s War. The Treaty of Paris in 1783 had the French cede control and the remainder of the Old Northwest to Great Britain. Come the American Revolution much of that changed. Control of the region went to the United States.

Ohio’s industry is based on coal mines, cargo transport, Lake Erie’s coastline (approx. 312 miles) for cargo ports, and manufacturing plants. Early industry collapses and economic despair brought great poverty to the area in the Appalachian Region – propelling the 1965 Congress Appalachian Regional Development Act addressing the concerns including over 29 counties as part of Appalachia. Ohio was devastated by the 1913 Great Dayton Flood when the Miami River watershed flooded destroying much of Dayton.


  • Akron
  • Canton
  • Center of the World
  • Cincinatti
  • Cleveland
  • Columbus
  • Cuyahoga Falls
  • Dayton
  • Elyria
  • Euclid
  • Hamilton
  • Kettering
  • Lakewood
  • Loraine
  • Mentor
  • Middletown
  • Newark
  • Newton Falls
  • Parma
  • Springfield
  • Toledo
  • Warren
  • Youngstown

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State of New Mexico, USA

New Mexico, United States of America

New Mexico (Spanish: Nuevo Mexico [?nwe?o ?mexiko]; Navajo: Yoot Hahoodzo [jo:t haho:dzo]) is a state located in the southwestern and western regions of the United States, admitted to the union as the 47th state in 1912. It is usually considered one of the Mountain States. New Mexico is the 5th most extensive, the 36th most populous, and the 6th least densely populated of the 50 United States.

New Mexico encompasses over 121,400 square miles with its eastern border at the 103 W longitude to the state of Oklahoma and 3 miles west of the longitude and its southern border with Texas and the Mexican States of Chihuahua and Sonora to its south. New Mexico shares its western Border with Arizona and shares Four Corners with Arizona, Utah, and Colorado in the upper Northwest. Colorado is New Mexico’s Northern Neighbor. The State lacks in water hosting around 250 square miles of surface water. The landscape is varied from deserts to forests, mesas to snow-peaked mountains, gully’s and canyons to caves and mines. The Sangre de Cristo Mountains offers the southernmost part of the Rocky Mountains Range. The Rio Grande, Pecos, Canadian, San Juan, and Gila are the most important rivers running through the state.

New Mexico’s climate could be described as semi-arid or arid even though there are areas with continental and alpine climates. New Mexico is actually mainly covered by mountains, deserts, and the high plains. In the Eastern part of the state, you can find the high plains of the Great Plains where it is similar to the Colorado high plains in Eastern Colorado. Both Colorado and New Mexico share similar terrain of mountains, basins, mesas, plains, and desert lands. New Mexico gets an annual average precipitation of 13.9 inches a year with average annual temperatures from 64 Fahrenheit in the Southeast to below 40 degrees in the northern mountains. Summer temperatures can exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit at elevations under 5,000 feet above sea level.

The bio-diversity of New Mexico is extreme with extensive habitats for a variety of species – plants, animals, and insects. Botany varies from mesquite, cactus, yucca, desert grasses, Creosote bush, black gramma, purple three-awn, tobosa, burrograss, ponderosa pine, aspen, cottonwood, spruce, fir, scrub oak, Russian olive, and much more. Fauna has a wide range including black bears, cougars, jaguars, coyotes, porcupines, skunks, Mexican grey wolves, deer, elk, plains Bison, collared peccary, bighorn sheep, squirrels, chipmunks, pronghorn, western diamondback, rodents, reptiles, birds, jackrabbits, kangaroo rats, prairie dogs, antelope, and many others.

New Mexico was first inhabited by indigenous peoples for many centuries before Euro-Americans moved in or even saw exploration. New Mexico first belonged to the Imperial Spanish viceroyalty of New Spain. It became part of Mexico before it became a U.S. territory and then state. New Mexico has the highest population of hispanics in the United States including descendants from Spanish colonists who lived in the area for over 400 years. New Mexico also has the second highest percentage of Native Americans after Alaska, and the fourth highest total of Native Americans after California, Arizona, and Oklahoma. The existing Native Populations consist mostly of Navajo, Puebloan, and Apache peoples. New Mexico’s imagery, state colors, and flag are influenced with the scarlet and gold colors from the royal standards of Spain and the ancient sun symbol of the Pueblo’s “Zia”.

New Mexico or “Nuevo Mexico” is mistakenly believed to have taken its name from “Mexico”, which is not the case. The area was given the name “New Mexico” in 1563 and again in 1581 by the Spanish Explorers who believed the area contained wealthy Indian cultures similar to those of the Aztec “Mexica” Empire. “Mexico” as part of New Spain, adopted its name centuries later in 1821 after gaining independence from Spanish rule. New Mexico was only part of the independent federal republic of Mexico for 12 years from 1836 to 1848.

The first human cultures were Paleo-Indians, starting with the Clovis culture followed by Mogollon and Ancestral Pueblo. Euro-Americans came in the 16th century and encountered villages built by the Pueblo, Navajo, Apache, and Ute. From 1540-1542, the Spanish Explorer Francisco vasquez de Coronado set through New Mexico with a jassive exxpedition looking for the mystical seven golden Cities of Cibola as described by Fray Marcos de Niza. The name Nuevo Mexico came from gold miners led by leader named Francisco de Ibarra exploring far to the north of Mexico in 1563 stating his findings as being in “a New Mexico”. Santa Fe was established at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains the southern end of the Rocky Mountains around 1608. Much of Santa Fe and settlements around the state were abandoned from 1680-1692 by the Spanish after the Pueblo revolt. Once the Pueblo leader leading the revolt died, Diego de Vargas restored the area back to Spanish rule Returning settlers founded Albuerqueque in 1706. As it was “New Spain” at the time, claims of the State were often covered by independent Mexico in 1821 followed by the Mexica War of Independence. In 1836 the Republic of Texas claimed portions east of the Rio Grande after it seceded from Mexico in 1836. Most of the northeastern part of the state was owned by France and sold to the U.S. during the Louisiana Purchase in 1803.

From 1846-1848 the region was thrown into the Mexican-American War, and in 1848 Mexico and America made the Treaty of Guadalupe with Mexico ceding its northern holdings of the American Southwest including New Mexico and California to the U.S. Texas also ceded its claims to the area east of the Rio Grande in exchange for 10 million dollars, so the U.S. established the Territory of New Mexico on September 9, 1850 including most of present-day Arizona and New Mexico, and part of Colorado. This compromise created the current boundary between New Mexico and Texas. Historically New Mexico had a role in the American Civil War, as part of the Trans-Missisippi Theater where the Confederate and Union governments claimed territorial rights over the New Mexican territory. The Confederacy claimed the souther tract as part of the Arizona Territory in 1861 waging an ambitious campaign to control the American Southwest and open access to Union California, but this was broken after the Battle of Glorieta Pass in 1862. They continued to operate from Texas marching under the Arizona flag until the end of the war. Over 8,000 troops served the Union from New Mexico.

(not a complete list, just places we’ve covered so far, work in progress)

Cities, Towns, Villages:

  • Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Santa Rosa, NM
  • Taos, New Mexico

    Natural Areas:

  • Bottomless Lakes State Park
  • Cimarron Canyon, New Mexico
  • Bradford Lake State Park
  • Rio Grande Gorge and Bridge, New Mexico
  • Sitting Bull Falls
  • Tourism:

    Sites of Interest:


    • Baurley, Thomas 2015 Alternative America: Travel Guide to the U.S.A. Technogypsie Publications, Riverside, California.
    • McGowan, Leaf 2015 Magical America. Technogypsie Publications, Riverside, California.
    • Wikipedia 2015 “New Mexico”. Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Website https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Mexico referenced 8/16/15.
    • Wikipedia 2015 “United States of America” Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Website https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States referenced 8/16/15.

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    State of Washington

    Hoh Rainforerst (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=26103) - Olympic National Forest and Park: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=26099. Northern Exposure: Chronicle 24 - Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian.  Adventures in Washington. Photos taken March 26, 2016.  To read the adventures, visit  http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=20007.   To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews.  All photos and articles (c) 2015/2016 Technogypsie.com - by Leaf McGowan, Oisin Rhymer, and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved.
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    Washington State

    Named after the great President George Washington, the State of Washington is one of the largest states in the Pacific Northwest and is located north of Oregon, south of British Columbia, and west of Idaho. Once ceded by Britain in 1846 during land and boundary disputes with Oregon, the Washington Territory The state was created from the western part of the Washington territory became official in 1889 as part of the Union. The capital of Washington is the city of Olympia. The state often gets confused with Washington DC, and designated as such to be called Washington State or State of Washington. It is the 18th largest state in the U.S. and boasts of 71,362 square miles with over 7 million residents. 60% of that 7 million population live within the Seattle Metropolitan area. The State of Washington relies on the economies of lumber, ship building, plane building, information technology, software design, air crafts, missiles, food production, agriculture, chemicals, metals, and machinery. The state is abundant with Ponderosa pine, white pine, spruce, Douglas fir, hemlock, larch, and cedar. It is also a major supplier of apples, hops, pears, red raspberries, spearmint oil, sweet cherries, apricots, asparagus, dry edible peas, grapes, lentils, peppermint oil, and potatoes. It is also a major harvester of salmon, halibut, and bottom fish.

    The territory and then now state of Washington was heavily populated by Native Americans from the origin of humanity for the continent. A long age-old story is told with the complexities of one of the oldest and most complete human skeletons to be found in North America called “Kennewick Man”. The first peoples here, were assembled as tribes who resided in the region, hunted, fished, and settled. They are most notable culturally for their carvings such as found in ornate carved canoes, masks, and totem poles. The indigenous subsisted on fishing – especially Salmon and whales. The peoples of the region were devastated by the arrival of European explorers and Euro-American settlers who in the 1770’s brought with them the Small Pox epidemic. The first European explorer recorded in the region was the Spanish Explorer Captain Don Bruno de Hecata who landed on the coast with the two-ship flotilla Santiago and Sonora in 1775. Hecata boasted discovering the region and claimed all the coastal lands up to Prince William Sound under the name of Spain by means of the Treaty of Tordesillas. He thereby called the Pacific a “Spanish lake” thereby justifying that all shores belonged to the Spanish Empire.

    Captain James Cook sailed into the region by 1778 sighting Cape Flattery within the entrance to the Strait of Juan de Fuca which had yet to be discovered. In 1787 the Imperial Eagle and its captain Charles William Barkley discovered and sailed through the Strait. The Straits were then explored by Spanish explorers Manuel Quimper in 1790 and Francisco de Eliza in 1791. George Vancouver finished off the mapping and explorations in 1792. The Spanish exclusively claimed the lands during the British-Spanish Nootka Convention of 1790, yet the region was infested by traders, hunters, fishermen, and explorers from all around the world making boundaries, land claims, and territorial disputes rampant. Captain Robert Gray discovered the mouth of the Columbia River and named it after his ship. Then Lewis and Clark took their expedition along the Columbia River on October 10, 1805. Great Britain laid claim to the territory after explorer David Thompson took his voyage down the Columbia and camped at the confluence of the Snake River on July 9, 1811 settling and building a trading post for the Northwest Company. The area was occupied by both Britain and the United States as a “joint occupancy of lands west of the Continental Divide to the Pacific Ocean” within the Anglo-American Convention of 1811. They thereby established the 49th parallel as the International Boundary west from “Lake of the Woods” to the “Rocky Mountains”. Spain gave up their rights North of the 42nd Parallel to the United States. Territorial disputes continued between the British and the Americans for several decades, but the Americans heavily settled the territory pushing the British north towards Canada. Numerous groups of Missionaries infiltrated the region by 1836 bringing thousands of emigrants across to the territory by means of the Oregon Trail. Britain finally ceded claims to the lands south of the 49th Parallel to the United States during the June 15, 1846 “Oregon Treaty”. The most infamous of the Missionary encampments of these Missionaries was Marcus Whitman’s “Waiilatpu” settlement near Walla Walla in southeastern Washington. He acted as a “Medicine Man” to these settlers as well as the indigenous of the reason. But once European diseases inflicted the Native populations and Whitman couldn’t stop it, he was blamed for sickening the Natives. The indigenous murdered him and 12 other setters during the Whitman massacre of 1847. This caused conflicts between the Euro-American settlers and the Native peoples leading to the Cayuse War.

    Geologically Washington State is a incredible treasure-trove of activity and resources. The region is home to numerous dormant and active Volcanoes such as Glacier Peak, Mount Baker, Mount Rainier, Mount St. Helen’s, and Mount Adams. To the far west are the Olympic Mountains hosting a temperate rain forest while the tallest Mountain in the State in Mount Rainier. Most of the western region is a marine West Coast climate with mild temperatures and wet winters, autumns, springs, and relatively dry summers. The Eastern part of Washington state is relatively dry with large areas of arid deserts and semi-arid steppes.





    • Interstate 84
    • Washington State Road 14

      Gig Harbor, Washington ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=28461); Exploring the Olympic Peninsula. Northern Exposure: Chronicle 24 - Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf  and Prince Cian.  Adventures in Washington. Photos taken March 24, 2016.  To read the adventures, visit  http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=20007.   To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews.  All photos and articles (c) 2015/2016 Technogypsie.com - by Leaf McGowan, Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved.
      Gig Harbor, Washington ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=28461); Exploring the Olympic Peninsula. Northern Exposure: Chronicle 24 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, and Prince Cian. Adventures in Washington. Photos taken March 24, 2016. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=20007. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2015/2016 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan, Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved.


    State of Idaho

    Idaho, United States of America

    Idaho, “The Potato State” is also called the “Spud Government” and the “Gem State”. Its name may have the result of a hoax, the “Idahoax” which is disputed. However its true name’s origin is unknown. Some say “Idaho” came from the Shoshone language as meaning “the sun comes from the mountains” or “the gem of the mountains”. It may have derived from the Apache word “idaahe” which means “enemy”. The Capital of Idaho is Boise, which is its largest city. Its highest elevation is “Borah Peak” at 12,662 feet above sea level. It’s Lowest point is the “Snake River” at 710 feet above sea level. Idaho was the 43rd state to become part of the Union on July 3, 1890. Idaho has plains and mountainous terrain. It hosts some of the Rocky Mountains. It is home to Hells Canyon, the deepest canyon in the United States, through which the waters of the Snake River run. Shoshone Falls fall from a height greater than that of Niagra Falls. Idaho is home to the Snake River, the Clark Ford/Pend Oreille River, the Clearwater River, Coeur d’Alene River, the Spokane River, the Boise River, the Payette River, and the Salmon River. It is the 14th largest state (acreage) in the United States. It is surrounded by Washington and Oregon to the West, Nevada and Utah to the South, Wyoming and Utah to the East, Montana and British Columbia to the North. 60% of Idaho is held by either the National Forest Service or the Bureau of Land Management. Idaho is nicknamed the Gem state because almost every gemstone found in the world is found in Idaho. Idaho is also one of the only two places in the world where star garnets can be found (the only other place is in the Himalayas of India). It is also the only place that the six pointed star garnets have been found. Besides gemstones, Idaho is very important for agriculture, food processing, potatoes, wheat, lumber, chemicals, paper, electronics manufacture, silver, mining, science, technology, and tourism.


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    • Baurley, Thomas 2015 Alternative America: Travel Guide to the U.S.A. Technogypsie Publications, Riverside, California.
    • McGowan, Leaf 2015 Magical America. Technogypsie Publications, Riverside, California.
    • Wikipedia 2015 “United States of America” Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Website https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States referenced 8/16/15.