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Was Croatia the first country to recognize the sovereignity of the USA? Was Croatia expecting military help from USA that didn't come?

No, the Dutch did that The first country to recognize the USA was the Republic of the Netherlands in 1776. A gun battery on St. Eustasius gave a salute to the USS Andrew Doria. This was not official, ...
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Was Croatia the first country to recognize the sovereignity of the USA? Was Croatia expecting military help from USA that didn't come?

This seems like a Tall Tale with a lot of historical mistakes. It confuses the US-as-global-superpower today with the historically quite weak state of the US after their inception, "presentism&...
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What was the Nuclear Boy Scout's Eagle Scout Project?

The service aspect of the Eagle Scout badge can be found on page 146 of the abovementioned book, The radioactive boy scout : the true story of a boy and his backyard nuclear reactor , visible at ...
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Was Croatia the first country to recognize the sovereignity of the USA? Was Croatia expecting military help from USA that didn't come?

The list of countries recognizing American independence in Wikipedia cites, in the case of the Republic of Ragusa, an article from 1956 by a Jugoslav historian: Muljačić, Žarko (1956-06-04). "...
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Why might Benjamin Franklin have considered Germans (except Saxons), Spaniards, Italians, French, Russians and Swedes "swarthy"?

I don't think there can be an answer any more objective than, "that's just how he felt." These terms today are acknowledged to be social concepts of personal identity, rather than something ...
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How did they build tall and heavy stone buildings in the 19th century?

Be careful of just what you see that makes buildings "seem to be much, much older than claimed". Prior to about 1870, large buildings could be built only with very thick masonry bearing ...
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What happened with "the first salute" of the Dutch to the flag of the United States?

I'm confused by the question; as far as I can tell the question is answered by the source provided [JohnAdams.net], so I'll answer as best as I'm able, and hope that someone can use that to provide a ...
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Has any US Presidential nominee/presumptive nominee from a major party, apart from Johnson, withdrawn from the race mid-campaign?

No, I don't believe it has. Certainly not in the modern era of nomination primaries. Aside from LBJ, the closest I believe was in 1972 when the Democratic vice-presidential nominee was forced to ...
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What federal statutes defined aliens (in)eligibility to US citizenship in 1913?

The Naturalization Act of 1790 stated that "any alien, being a free white person,” could be naturalized. The Naturalization Act of 1870 added "aliens of African nativity and to persons of ...
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