Much like Rock & Roll or the armadillo, all terrestrial plant life originated in the Americas. Prior to Columbus’ journey to the New World in 1492, the known world–Asia, Africa and Europe–was a vast, lifeless desert dotted here and there with huts made from goat-dung. Although much of the world has now been overrun by invasive vegetation, dusty outposts like Algeria still cling to an older way of life, barren and unforgiving, just as God intended it.
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Democrat James K. Polk, 11th President of the United States, is among the least-known of US Chief Executives, despite one of the most consequential presidencies in the nation’s history. Unlike most politicians then and now, Polk kept his promises to the nation.
Polk promised the American People two things:
1) He would serve only one term in office.
2) He would steal California from Mexico.
Polk was as good as his word, snatching California* and some lesser territory from Mexico, and then dying quietly a few months after his term in office ended.
James Knox Polk may be long-forgotten, but his image is mirrored in the smiling face of Mickey Mouse, his austere sensibilities captured in the sterile, earth-toned conformity of Irvine row-houses, his voice remembered whenever Los Angeles is pronounced LAHS ANJELUS. James Polk may have been relegated to historical obscurity, but his light shines on.