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California

Overview page. Subjects: United States History — Cookery, Food, and Drink.

It is estimated that approximately 300,000 Native Americans inhabited the area now know as California before Spanish explorers arrived in search of wealth. On September 28, 1542, an...

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Fourth of July

Overview page. Subjects: Cookery, Food, and Drink — United States History.

The Continental Congress of the United States declared independence from England in its convention in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776. At first, celebrations were scattered and sporadic, but...

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Gustavus Franklin Swift

Overview page. Subjects: Cookery, Food, and Drink — United States History.

Gustavus Franklin Swift (1839–1903) was the eponymous founder of one of America's largest and best-known meat-processing companies. He is credited with introducing refrigeration to food...

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Pure Food and Drug Act

Overview page. Subjects: United States History — Cookery, Food, and Drink.

The Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 marked the beginning of effective U.S. federal regulation of food and drug labeling and assurance of a safe food supply. It prohibited ...

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World's Fairs

Overview page. Subjects: Cookery, Food, and Drink — United States History.

World's fairs are expositions in which nations and corporations feature their foods, cultures, consumer goods, and technological advancements. Beginning in the 1850s, these expositions...

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