Answers the question...What is history

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When I was asked to write a report on what is history, I thought it was going to be really hard. I thought it was going to be like writing a paper on one word, but as I pondered, I found out that history covers over hundreds of thousands of years. I guess that over the five years that I have studied history I have learned about events that have happened about three thousand years ago.

I started to study history back in the 4th grade. I remember getting a workbook that was all about the history of Long Island, specifically Miller Place. I learned about Henry Hudson and the Native Americans. I learned very basic facts and nothing into depth. That year I also learned about the revolutionary war and we even put on a little play. The play was like a baseball game. It was the British against the Thirteen Colonies.

The players in the game were real generals and leaders in the revolutionary war. I learned a lot about the people in the Revolutionary war and how they impacted it. I played Marquis de Lafayette and I learned that he was French and came and helped the colonists. Later I learned that to commemorate him, there is a statue in Washington D.C. of him in a square where there are statues of other foreigners that helped the English colonies win the revolution.

Webster's defines history as; A systematic, written account of events, particularly of those affecting a nation, institution, science, or art, and usually connected with a philosophical explanation of their causes; a true story, as distinguished from a romance; -- distinguished also from annals, which relate simply the facts and events of each year, in strict chronological order; from biography, which is the record...