Great photos,great history. But, there are other things to consider here and do not get confused by modern political boundaries and the like. All this happened BEFORE there was a UNITED STATES,which happens to be in NORTH AMERICA. We are not just Americans, we are, if we are, CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES. We tend to blur such distinctions for various reasons. The STATES were exactly that; independent states, with their own government, currency, laws(think the so-called 'blue laws,which had a purpose that we have forgotten) and so forth as well as how counties, shires, townships,etc were set up. Our memories are short and peculiar, narrow and confined. Keep up the good work. I shall try to add more to this topic when I can find, if ever I can, time to do so.