Monday, March 8, 2021

Inca Food – What did the Incas Eat?

At its height, the Inca Empire covered a huge expanse of territory encompassing a number of different climatic zones. From the coast to the...

The Spanish Conquest of the New World

Spain's soldier-explorers, the Conquistadors, overthrew the two most powerful native kingdoms of the New World - the Aztec kingdom of Mexico and the Inca...

Smoking in Colonial Ecuador: History of Tobacco in Ecuador

During the 1492 voyage, Christopher Columbus and his men caught sight of natives smoking herbs and received a gift of dried, aromatic leaves from...

Sir Henry Morgan and Pirates of the Caribbean: Plundering and Looting the Spanish Gold...

Whoever would have believed that the son of a simple farmer in Llanrhymney, Wales, born in a year around 1635, would eventually become Sir...

Barbados: Indentured Servants to African Slavery

The first plantation-based society in the Caribbean, Barbados set the example for slave-based monoculture by moving from indentured servants to slave labor. Plantation societies require...

Captain Henry Morgan, Part 1 – Real Pirates of the Caribbean

Captain Morgan was a ruthless privateer and ingenious naval strategist who eventually settled down to a knighted life of ease and wealth as deputy...

The Early History of the Aztecs in Mexico

The rich, extensive Aztec Empire of Mexico discovered and later conquered by Spain's conquistadores after 1519 had its beginnings in a tribe of social...

The Mysterious City of Teotihuacan

Teotihuacan was one of the most sophisticated and powerful cities in Pre-Colombian Mexico. No one knows who exactly built it or why they abandoned...

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...

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...