I meet too many people who act like the land was born when their sacred feet fertilized it. It gets annoying, to be honest. For the most part, I was aware of some key milestones that date back to the late 1800's, but was very surprised to find out how close the area I live in was to WWII, Civil, and native American wars. I was surprised to find out that an area I personally thought of as a dump(and it was), was in fact a sought after paradise with a glorious reputation, once. It is nice to learn these things; helps put things into perspective. It also proves the need to conserve what we cherish, and not throw it away, or sell it down the river. Otherwise everyone's paradise will be pissed on sooner or later. Nobody is exempt.