Friday, October 3, 2014

Brave Girls in American History

Okay so, this is my first post of my blog and I am going to start out with a history lesson... the American Girl stories are full of some brave and amazing young girls. Of course the stories are fiction, but were there girls in our history really similar to the AGs? I am going to tell you about famous young ladies from history that remind me of each character in the AG historical series starting with... 

Kapkap Ponmi (Noise of Running Feet)
Inspired by Kaya

When the War of 1877 broke out Kapkap-Ponmi, daughter of Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce tribe, was 12 years old. She had been born in 1865. During the attack at Bear Paw, Chief Joseph and his daughter found themselves in the middle of an attack and he ordered his daughter to jump on a horse and ride to safety. He watched his daughter flee for her life in a hail of bullets. That was the last time he saw his daughter. Chief Joseph surrendered and was captured. Part of his punishment was to never see his daughter again. Kapkap Ponmi did get away safely though and her bravery was never forgotten. 

Sybil Ludington

Inspired by Felicity

Sybil was the daughter of a patriot, Colonel Henry Ludington. Her story is similar to Paul Revere. In April of 1777, when she was only 16 years old, British troops raided Danbury, CT. Sybil volunteered to help round up troops. Although Paul Revere gets all the credit for this kind of bravery... Sybil rode her horse over twice as far as Paul Revere did (40 miles!). She rounded up over 400 of her fathers soldiers that night.   

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