A Fact, History Changes

Updated: Dec 30, 2020

History has changed over time due to new discoveries. Scientific and technological advancements have played a significant part in changing what we once thought and what we now know about historical events. This is one reason we should #NeverStopLearning.

I attended school in the '70s and '80s and thought knew everything about the discovery of America. Last year I took some history college courses to finish earning my bachelor's degree. I was surprised to learn that historical facts I thought were true had changed due to discovered evidence. The discovery of America that I was taught to believe was incorrect compared to what children today are being taught.

I am thankful that I had taken the time to study history in college for the past few years. It opened my mind to the realization we can not just stop learning about the world around us because it is constantly changing, including knowledge of our history. The historical events do not change, but the evidence opens our eyes to what took place during those events to give us a better understanding of what actually happened.

Newer scientific and technological advancements will continue to play a role in what we are learning about history. The discovery of old documents and artifacts will also play a role in changing what we know about history. We can not assume that we know everything about a historical event. We need to be open-minded to continue watching for new discoveries.

@SimpleLivinGene recommendation for #NeverStopLearning is if you have not read Nathaniel Philbrick's Mayflower: Voyage, Community, War I highly recommend it for anyone who is interested in American History. I truly treasured this eye-opening book about the Mayflower and the people who arrived at Plymouth Rock.

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