Vancouver, BC July 4, 2019
After celebrating Canada Day last Monday in Canada, we sincerely congratulate our direct neighbours in the USA on their Independence Day.
Today we have put together a few information on the origins of American culture and their independence. Among the cultural peculiarities in the US is the pronounced national pride of many Americans.
The beginning of US history is often equated with the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus in 1492.
However, thousands of years ago, Native Americans lived in today's United States of America. Also, the Vikings are said to have discovered the American continent some 500 years before Columbus. Regardless of where the origins of American culture lie, the discovery voyages of Columbus marked the beginning of European conquest of the American continent, marking the beginning of the era of colonialism.
Due to the ever-increasing number of colonies, conflicts between the European powers were inevitable. After the end of the French and Indian War (1754-1763) between England and France and Spain, a large part of the colonies was in English hands. The colonies, however, increasingly sought economic independence. Increasing tensions were also caused by the attempt of the British crown, the settlers by the introduction of tariffs and taxes to participate in the war debt. As a key event that initiated the American Revolutionary War, the so-called Boston Tea Party in December 1773 applies.
During the course of American history, additional articles were passed, leading, for example, to the abolition of slavery (1865) and the introduction of women's suffrage (1920). The right to strive for happiness, the gold rush, and the prospect of religious and political freedom led to millions of people making their way to the US in the 19th and 20th centuries. The development of the United States of America is thus inextricably linked to the immigration history of the country and explains why the country has always been considered an immigration nation.
In the Declaration of Independence of July 4, 1776, the principle of equality and the right to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" are formulated for the first time. Until today, the 4th of July is the American National Day (Independence Day).
Happy Independence Day from all of us here in Canada
We won't be able to attend the AmericasMart Atlanta Winter 2021, but find us at the CanGift Virtual Show in February 2021! It's already time for the first trade show of 2021. The AmericasMart Atlanta winter market will take place with showrooms from 12.01.-19.01.2021 and temporaries from 13.01.-17.01.2021. As we are based in Canada, and the Coronavirus pandemic is still limiting the possibilities of travel, our showroom at the Atlanta Market will remain closed for this winter season. However, we highly miss the personal contact to our customers and will keep you updated on our upcoming events!
HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND A WONDERFUL, HEALTHY START INTO THE NEW YEAR 2021! It's the most wonderful time of the year and you are the most wonderful part of our business. Thank you for making this – and every time of the year – so much brighter for us. We couldn't have gone through this year without you!
On Friday, Nov. 27th, we are opening our pop-up store in Richmond's Lansdowne Centre! We hope you started well into this Holiday Season! We are super excited and would like to give you an update on the events for this winter. Due to the pandemic, this year's Vancouver Christmas Market in which we always take part in with our booths, unfortunately had to be canceled. However, we found another great opportunity to offer you our brilliant Herrnhut Stars.