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Vasco Núñez de Balboa
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Vasco Núñez de Balboa

Vasco Núñez de Balboa (1475-1519) was a Spanish conquistador who famously discovered the Pacific Ocean after crossing the isthmus of Panama in 1513...
The Origins of Christian Teachings on Human Sexuality
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The Origins of Christian Teachings on Human Sexuality

The Bible is often quoted in the modern discourse concerning human sexuality, gender identification, same-sex marriages, birth control, and especially...
A Panorama of Central Greece
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A Panorama of Central Greece

The uniqueness of modern central Greece's landscape derives from the atmospheric blend of ancient archaeological sites and the Mediterranean flora...
Shajara al-Durr
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Shajara al-Durr

Shajara al-Durr (r. 1250) was the founder of the Mamluk Dynasty in Egypt, and she was the first and only woman to sit on the Islamic Egyptian throne...
Continuity and Change after the Fall of the Roman Empire
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Continuity and Change after the Fall of the Roman Empire

The cataclysmic end of the Roman Empire in the West has tended to mask the underlying features of continuity. The map of Europe in the year 500 would...
The Portuguese Conquest of India
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The Portuguese Conquest of India

Throughout the 15th century, the Portuguese Crown yearned for a piece of the Far Eastern spice trade. For centuries this trade had been dominated by...
Family Planning in Greco-Roman Antiquity
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Family Planning in Greco-Roman Antiquity

Family planning was a topic of vital importance in the ancient Mediterranean. Some of the earliest medical literature from ancient Greece and Rome deals...
Hernán Cortés
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Hernán Cortés

Hernán Cortés (1485-1547) was a Spanish conquistador who led the conquest of the Aztec Empire in Mexico from 1519. Taking the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan...
Death of Admiral Coligny
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Death of Admiral Coligny

The assassination attempt on Gaspard II de Coligny, Admiral of France (l. 1519-1572) on 22 August 1572 was the spark igniting the St. Bartholomew's...
The Fall of Tenochtitlan
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The Fall of Tenochtitlan

The fall of Tenochtitlan on 13 August 1521 was a decisive moment in the dramatic collapse of the Aztec empire which had dominated Mesoamerica. Led by...
Women's March on Versailles
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Women's March on Versailles

The Women's March on Versailles, also known as the October March or the October Days, was a defining moment in the early months of the French Revolution...
Margaret of Valois' Account of St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre
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Margaret of Valois' Account of St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre

Margaret of Valois' eyewitness account of St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre is among the most famous and the only written record of the event left by a...
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