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In a story of incredible survival, Juana Maria spent 18 years alone on an island after missionaries abducted every other person of her tribe. She lived on San Nicolas, part of the channel islands just off the coast of California. Her tale, both tragic and inspiring, fascinated so many and even serve…


…This image of a reasonably credible late medieval outlaw is emphasized by the fact that he is always on foot. Not only was that a basic marker of class: it was also functional. It is impossible to draw and shoot a longbow from the saddle, and that seriously threatening weapon, which can pierce a…


We’ve all seen Vikings on television and in movies. But popular depictions of this ancient culture are often more fantasy than they are in history. A Viking man was likely to be a farmer by day, while his wife was in charge of the household and the family. …


The term “worst year ever” gets tossed around a lot these days, mostly on the internet, and for reasons like, I was disappointed in the latest Star Wars movie. But scientists and historians have actually argued that no year in the long history of this planet was worse than the year 536 AD. …


The death toll from the Bubonic plague was so high nearly a third of the world’s population was wiped out from the deadly disease. But how did the Black Plague end and the world go back to normal? …


Mount Vesuvius was responsible for the destruction of the city of Pompeii in 79 AD. Nearly everyone has heard one story or another about arguably the most well-known volcanic eruption in history, but how many of you know what really happened on that fateful day in Pompeii?..


Scroll to the section “Household Spinners” if you want to get right to the most interesting bit. …


Giacomo Casanova is remembered today for his many illicit affairs. After all, the word “Casanova” still denotes a cad who knows his way around women. But however legendary or unbelievable the stories about his life seem to be, the vast majority of them were at least partly true. Who was Casanova, t…


From the first art heist in history to a series of high-profile cheese robberies, this article is all about off-the-wall historical heists. You’ll learn about the time an entire church was stolen brick by brick and how Jesse James wasn’t always as successful as his reputation might suggest…



History Maps

Really nice interactive maps of some events in history…


What was hygiene like during the Black Death? In the 14th century, the bubonic plague swept through Europe, wiping out as many as 50 million people - or more than half the continent. …



The basket was found empty and closed with a lid. Only a small amount of soil was retrieved in it and the researchers hope it will help identify what the vessel contained…



The American Civil War is a pivotal and ugly moment in American history. But it might not be as cut and dry as North vs. South. …


Look, I’ll be real with you: I basically have a high school level formal history education so I try not to express opinions too loudly about questions of historiography even though I find them interesting. Particularly, I find a lot of materialist historiography really compelling. Even when it’s bor…


There is a story that is commonly told in Britain that the colonisation of India – as horrible as it may have been – was not of any major economic benefit to Britain itself. If anything, the administration of India was a cost to Britain. So the fact that the empire was sustained for so long – the …


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