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Sugar & The Rise Of The Plantation System
2021-06-18 15:20
From a humble beginning as a sweet treat grown in gardens, sugar cane cultivation became an economic powerhouse, and the growing demand for sugar stimulated the colonization of the New World… Read More
2021-06-18 06:06
The caravel (caravela in Spanish and Portuguese), was a type of medium-sized ship which, with its low draught and lateen or triangular sails, made it ideal for exploration from the 15th cent… Read More
Sacred Band Of Thebes
2021-06-17 15:57
The Sacred Band of Thebes was an elite unit of the Theban army comprised of 150 gay male couples totaling 300 men. They were formed under the leadership of Gorgidas but first achieved fame u… Read More
A Weekend On The Isle Of Skye, Scotland
2021-06-16 15:58
The Isle of Skye, Scotland, is a land of myth, legend, and swirling mists that easily transport a visitor through time. The history of the island goes back to the Neolithic Period, and it ha… Read More
Ferdinand Magellan
2021-06-16 08:56
Ferdinand Magellan, or Ferno de Magalhes (c. 1480-1521), was a Portuguese mariner whose expedition was the first to circumnavigate the globe in 1519-22 in the service of Spain. Magellan was… Read More
2021-06-15 15:57
The Maori people of Aotearoa (New Zealand) have long observed the heliacal (pre-dawn) rising of the star cluster commonly known throughout the world as Pleiades or Messier 45 (M45), located… Read More
Agoge, The Spartan Education Program
2021-06-15 09:03
The agoge was the ancient Spartan education program, which trained male youths in the art of war. The word means "raising" in the sense of raising livestock from youth toward a specific purp… Read More
Legio V Alaudae
2021-06-14 16:08
Legio V Alaudae, referenced in early accounts only as the "Fifth", was one of the many legions of the Roman army that helped Julius Caesar (100-44 BCE) to achieve success as a military comma… Read More
2021-06-14 09:02
Spartan women had more rights and enjoyed greater autonomy than women in any other Greek city-state of the Classical Period (5th-4th centuries BCE). Women could inherit property, own land, m… Read More
Portuguese Goa
2021-06-11 09:00
Goa, located on the west coast of India, was a Portuguese colony from 1510 to 1961. The small coastal area was conquered by Afonso de Albuquerque (c. 1453-1515) and became an important trade… Read More

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