American history board games can be great educational tools, in addition to being great family fun! There are many types of history games to choose from - Civil war board games, adventure board games, black history games, travel games and more.
Games about history include games such as We the People - the Family Game about American History, the Lewis and Clark Adventure Game, US History - People & Events, Civil War Battle Matching Memory Challenge, The Civil War Game, Revolutionary War Jingo, Rebels & Redcoats Boxed Game, U.S. Armed Forces Pictionary, Know Your History African-American game, other black History games and so many, many more. Browse through the our shop and find the perfect board game for your family game night!
Games have been played for thousands of years. One of the earliest board games was called The Royal Game of UR. This game was dates back to at least 2600 BC. This game was discovered in tombs in what is now Iraq, by Sir Leonard Wooley. Wooley was carrying out excavations in the ancient city of Ur in the 1920s and found two board games, one of which is now in the British Museum in London.
Chess, checkers (called draughts) and backgammon were some of the popular games during the founding of America. Thomas Jefferson loved to play chess, as did many others.
Fun Fact: Eliza Schuyler Hamilton,
wife of Alexander Hamilton, was actually taught
how to play backgammon by none other than
Benjamin Franklin. Franklin was visiting her father, General Schuyler, in April of 1776, and while he was visiting, he taught Eliza to play the game. (source: Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow)