On May 24, 1822, Ecuadorian patriots marched on the city of Quito, intending to liberate one of the final holdouts of Spanish authority in South America. Led by Simon Bolivar's most trusted lieutenant, Antonio Jose de Sucre, the rebels met the royalist Spanish army on the muddy slopes of Pichincha Volcano. Which side would prevail?
On May 23, 1701, William Kidd was hanged for piracy. The legendary Captain Kidd was famous for being one of the only pirates to ever actually bury treasure. A one-time pirate hunter, Kidd supposedly went pirate in 1698 in the Indian Ocean. Kidd always maintained that he had never gone pirate, and that his targets had been fair game under his privateering license. Was Kidd an innocent man?
On May 20, 1960, former Nazi Adolf Eichmann was drugged, smuggled on board an Israeli jet and flown to Israel, where he would stand trial for great crimes against humanity. How did Israeli agents find and capture the world's most-wanted Nazi fugitive?
In the heart of the Ecuadorian cloud forest, you will find the Tulipe Archaeological Site. This place was the ceremonial home of the Yumbo people, who were great traders and medicine men long before the arrival of the Spanish.
On May 9, 1846, the armies of Mexico and the United States clashed in the second major engagement of the Mexican-American War, the Battle of Resaca de la Palma. The Americans had routed the Mexicans at the Battle of Palo Alto the day before, but the Mexicans had regrouped under their general Mariano Arista. Would the Mexican army hold off another American onslaught?
Maria Eva "Evita" Peron was born on May 7, 1919. She would overcome her impoverished, illegitimate birth to become the most powerful woman in Argentina. As the critical political ally of her husband, Juan Domingo Peron, Evita wielded enormous power when he became President. She died young at the age of 33 and is still remembered today in her homeland.
On May 3, 1534, Spanish conquistadors under Sebastian de Benalcazar fought a much larger Inca force at the Battle of Teocajas in the highlands of present-day Ecuador. The Spanish had about 200 conquistadors and a few thousand native allies: the Inca had a force numbering perhaps 50,000: these were led by General Rumiñahui. What would carry the day: Spanish weapons and armor or Inca numbers?
On April 26, 1717 the pirate ship Whydah sank in a storm off of New England. Among those who died was Captain "Black Sam" Bellamy. Bellamy had not been a pirate for long, but he had already left his mark, terrorizing the Atlantic shipping lanes in his mighty pirate ship.