Monday, March 8, 2021

Macuahuitl – Aztec Sword with Obsidian Blades: Mesoamerican Bladed Wooden Sword & Aztec Warrior...

The macuahuitl (maquahuitl) was arguably the most fearsome Aztec weapon. This one- or two-handed Aztec sword used obsidian blades to devastating effect on the...

Ancient Mexico: Olmec, Maya and Quetzalcoatl: The Quetzalcoatl Legacy from the Aztec to the...

Located in Puebla Valley in Mexico, the city of Cholula was the main worship city for Quetzalcoatl in ancient Mesoamerica. Euro-American Mormons say he...

Simon Bolivar: The Early Years

The great liberator of the Americas, Simón Bolívar, was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. Rather than lead a life of leisure,...

Pirate Captain Jack Rackham: The Life and Times of Calico Jack, Who Sailed the...

Jack Rackham was a gentleman pirate with flamboyant fashion sense and a way with female pirates who were dressed like men-- notably, Anne Bonny...

Tula, Capital of the Toltecs: Precursor of the Aztecs and Mayas

The Toltec empire arose about AD 750 just when the Teotihuacan empire, as all empires inevitably do, began to crumble. The years AD 900 to...

Darwin on the Galapagos Islands: The Birthplace of the Theory of Evolution and Natural...

Famed naturalist Charles Darwin put the Galapagos Islands on the map when, in 1835, he disembarked from the HMS "Beagle" and spent five weeks...

Female Pirates on the High Seas: Mary Read, Alwilda and Granuaile (Grace O’Malley)

A common factor among most female pirates was a desire to escape the shackles of convention or to defy male authority-- or both. An Irish...

When Women Turn Pirate: Famous Female Pirates of the High Seas

Anne Bonny, Charlotte de Berry and Ching Shih are but a few of the names of famous female pirates who sailed the high seas...

Mary Read: Fearless Female Pirate

Dressed as a man, Mary Read lived the life of a man's man as a woman. She was a skilled swordsman, sailed with Jack...

Castaway Alexander Selkirk: The Original Robinson Crusoe

Castaway Alexander Selkirk was the inspiration for Daniel Defoe's "Robinson Crusoe," spending four years on the deserted Juan Fernández Island. Alexander Selkirk was born, as...