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One of the earliest and most significant human achievements, and one which continues to set us apart from all other animals, is the ability to create and make use of fire. In Greek mythology, fire was a gift from the titan Prometheus which elevated humanity out of both a literal and metaphorical darkness, and wasContinue reading “September 4: The Great Fire of London”
Prophets of doom are almost always around us, but in the past several years it seems that more and more are coming out of the woodwork. Predictions of the coming end of America, and perhaps even the end of the world, are gradually becoming less the realm of the haggard homeless men with cardboard signsContinue reading “August 28: The Fall of the Western Empire”
Two weeks ago, we got our first introduction to one of the most interesting men of the Elizabethan Era. Francis Drake’s expedition to the Caribbean, his failed raid on Nombre de Dios, and his return to England with ships laden with gold and silver made him the talk of England in spite of his relativeContinue reading “August 21: Sir Francis Drake (Part 2)”
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