America is one of the largest and most influential countries in the entire world, despite it also being one of the world's youngest countries. Many people think they know America's history and how its government works, but sadly, that doesn't turn out to be true. How well did you pay attention in History and Social Studies? Do you think you are smarter than the average American? If you think you have what it takes, try this U.S.A. quiz. You might find yourself surprised.
One of the most enduring myths about America's history, one of those facts that everybody thinks they know, is that the Pilgrims came to America to find religious freedom. That is not, in fact, the case. That's why they left England, sure, but they found freedom of religion in the Netherlands, where they first settled after leaving England. They didn't feel there were enough economic opportunities in the Netherlands, though, so they resettled a second time, in the New World. They came to America to find better economic opportunities. They also weren't big fans of the Netherlands' easygoing culture and wanted a more puritan lifestyle.
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