18th Century Convention

Topics: Slavery, James K. Polk, James Monroe Pages: 11 (3781 words) Published: February 26, 2013
Yoda: Welcomed to the 200th annual Convention of Historical Figures, you are. Gathered we are, in the Jedi Council room on the planet, Coruscant. Quickly! Everyone take their seats and prepare to share their stories.

The eight historical figures that have gathered together are now shuffling to their seats, preparing for the long night ahead. This assembly is held every year for people who had once lived long ago to reminisce in their previous accomplishments. Each attendee share a story that they have prepared, telling each other individual something exciting that has happened in their life. Whoever, with the most exciting or entertaining story wins a secret award…thus bringing out the competitive side in each person. It has been rumored this prize is more extravagant than years prior, so prepare yourself, reader, for these upcoming subsequent events may get a tad…interesting.

Yoda: Mmmm Thank you. Commence we shall, who will begin?

Sacagawea rises, abruptly, among the silent crowd. All faces turn towards her, anxiously awaiting words to escape from her mouth.

Sacagawea: Hello all. My name is Sacagawea. I was born in 1788, as a Shoshone Native American. The Shoshone people were split into 3 regions, Northern, Eastern, and Southern. I came from the Northern Shoshone tribe, in Idaho. My stand in history is when I accompanied Lewis and Clark on their expedition across the Louisiana Purchase when they asked me to come along. The first time I saw Lewis and Clark was when they arrived near the Hidatsa villages to spend the winter of 1804–05. They built a fort, and then proceeded to interview as many trappers as they could to find out who could be the best interpreter. I was picked, and my adventure was about to begin. I interpreted the other natives that we came in contact with. I also taught Lewis and Clark how to live off of the land in the wilderness.

Fredrick Douglas: Yawn

Sacagawea: … So, as for the Lewis and Clark Expedition. It started in 1804 and ended in 1806. The adventurers were Jefferson’s secretary, Merriwether Lewis, and Officer William Clark. I accompanied them across the frontier, learning and documenting about the wilderness. We learned a great deal from each other. I often found myself cooking camas root to regain their strength after each journey. We were very friendly towards each other. I can easily recall the return trip we had. There was a point where we ran into a huge gap in the Rocky Mountains. By avoiding the gap, now known as Gibbons Pass, we saved nearly a day on travel time. That is about it for my adventures. Thank you for listening to my story.

Yoda: Pleasant story, that was. Far from the end, we are. Please continue Mr. Monroe.

James Monroe: Thank you Yoda. I was the fifth president of the United States of America. I won by over 80% of the vote, since my only competition was the defeated Federalist party. Under Madison, I held the position of Secretary of State and Secretary of War. I succeeded Madison as a Democratic-Republican. Before my presidency, I was an ambassador to France, ambassador to Britain, Governor of Virginia, Senator of Virginia, and Delegate to the Congress of the Confederation of Virginia. I also served in the Revolutionary war in the Continental Army as a Major. On top of being involved in politics, I was a lawyer, a planter, and even a college administrator. However, I am most well known for my actions during presidency. I drove out several Native Americans in the South. There, I uncovered a harsh truth. Spanish Florida was giving aid to the Natives. I threatened Spanish Florida and ended up successfully ridding the Natives. I then decided it would be best to turn over control of Florida to America. My proposal was refused by Spain. It wouldn’t be until 1819 when John Quincy Adams was able to sign a treaty turning Florida into American soil. However, this transaction wasn’t even my most famous act as President. My most famous stand in history arrived...
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