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November 11, 2009 by Sailor Cull on Sailor Cull's Sailing Blog
True facts about the Mayflower Pilgrims.

This history starts in Holland where the Pilgrims were living, having left England.

In 1609, Holland had signed a truce with its former war adversary, Spain. The truce was negotiated to last twelve years. English troops which had been stationed in Holland during that time to protect them from the Spanish were withdrawn. Among these troops was most likely a 25 year old soldier by the name of Myles Standish, who would make acquaintance with the Se...
June 18, 2009 by desikolda on desikolda
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December 26, 2008 by Leauki on The Leauki Empire
I have updated the Daily Extrablatt.



The Daily Extrablatt

What if the press of today had existed back then


The recent speech by Senator Barack Obama raised once more the spectre of race and slavery in the USA and indeed, in other parts of the world. On this anniversary of the Jamaican Slave uprising of 1768 I would like to reflect on this issue from a historians perspective. Race, I must add is too important an issue to be left only to social workers and politicians.

The rise of the Atlantic Slavr trade was made possible by a combination of 3 factors: First, the interniecince watrfare among the Af...
March 20, 2008 by SanChonino on The Suck!™

More Spain stories - I'm still a couple days behind, but I wanted to get these posted tonight.  We still have to get to the aqueduct, the Holy Week processions, all sorts of stuff.  It's never-ending fun!

January 14, 2008 by Leauki on The Leauki Empire
A Finish (?) blog showed an interesting map a few months ago.

I found it on on the Strange Maps site.

It's well done, but I thought I want to add a few points.

1. Morocco and Algeria would for several decades fight their VichyFrance overlords and, assuming Vichy France would remain a ruthlessregime with German support, the rebellion would be fought violently.2. Libyia would remain an Italian colony. (Why is Italy two countries?)3. The British would have lost Egypt to local nationalists....
March 17, 2006 by WishX on wishx
The person who was to become St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, was born in Wales about AD 385. His given name was Maewyn, and he almost didn’t get the job of bishop of Ireland because he lacked the required scholarship.

Far from being a saint, until he was 16, he considered himself a pagan. At that age, he was sold into slavery by a group of Irish marauders that raided his village. During his captivity, he became closer to God.

He escaped from slavery after six years and went to Ga...
What were the causes of the crusades, and how were they viewed from the Muslim perspective?

From my reading and viewing I have come to the conclusion that the crusades were initially nothing more than desperate Europeans seeking fortune and lands in the Middle East. The leaders of the early crusades were not pious Christians, they were opportunists who were fortunate enough to have a Pope, eager to reassert the power of the Catholic Church, foment religious fervor in the general population. ...
May 11, 2005 by itselect5 on translation services
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The twentieth century was not a peaceful one for Ireland. In the course of those one hundred years, as well as joining in the general European bloodshed of the two world wars, Ireland also endured its own particular agonies: one uprising, one war of liberation, one civil war and finally one agonisingly long low intensity conflict.

There were many violent days for Ireland in the years from 1900 - Bloody Sunday 1921, the attack on the Four Courts, the Luftwaffe's raids on Belfast, Bloody Sunda...
June 11, 2004 by artaide on ait
WW2A beautifully crafted interactive web site worth the detour. This one in French: Link

And from the BBC this one in English:

On 6 June 1944, Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy.
Follow the battles and hear the voices of those who fought to liberate Europe.

April 16, 2004 by BuckR on buckr
Pirates of the African Coast abducted and enslaved millions of Europeans .It was bad times for all back in the 1500's , 1600's and 1700's . Not just for Blacks , but for whites and all those in between . Now how does that effect me in this century .It would take millions of scientist , millions of years to even start to figure out , how that effected me . And , maybe it had a Good effect on me . Maybe their enslavement resulted in displacing me to a better place . So maybe I should be greatful t...
April 1, 2004 by Larry Kuperman on kupe
Recent articles and some posts here share the perspective that The Holocaust or Shoah was a single episode of anti-Semitism in Europe, an aberration if you will. History shows otherwise. The purpose of this post is to examine the history of anti-Semitism in Europe as a pattern of hateful and violent events, not a single episode.

If you know my writings, I always caution against the demonization of any people, Jew or Arab, European or non-European. I do not believe that the majority of any pop...
February 20, 2004 by Syre William Byrd on The Byrds musings
I grew up with the Union Jack being the flag I loved and cherished. As I have matured I have found that ,and come to accept without critical thought , the interchangeability of the words British/ English. They mean the same thing right? Wrong, I would argue!
Britain is a political construct born out of conflict and alliance between first and foremostly, Scotland and Engalnd. Yet the Scots are allowed to be Scots first and foremost. The legacy of Imperial Britain, is squarely laid at the do...
February 18, 2004 by luisreis on FRAGMENTOS
A Espanha, tal como Portugal só tardiamente conseguiu assimilar o conceito de Iluminismo em toda a sua plenitude. Já há muito que as duas nações Ibéricas viam um relativo atraso em relação ao resto da Europa central. A pesar da grandeza dos seus territórios, enfrentavam uma crise profunda a nível estrutural. Como causas da crise posso identificar estagnação das estruturas sociais, conservadorismo religioso, estabelecimentos de ensino claramente ultrapassados, economia e mercado interno asfixiado...