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Why Argentina Welcomed Nazis
After World War Two, thousands of Nazis and wartime collaborators fled to South America, mostly Argentina. There they were welcomed and given a place in society. Why did Argentina accept these men, many of whom had committed heinous crimes?
What Happened to the Ancient Maya?
It's one of history's greatest mysteries: an advanced civilization in the foggy rainforests of Central America suddenly went into a steep, irreversible decline. What happened to the ancient Maya?
What You Should Know About the Cuban Revolution
In the final days of 1958, rebel commander Fidel Castro tightened the noose on Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista. Columns of rebel soldiers under Che Guevara and Camilo Cienfuegos moved towards Havana, and on January 1, 1959, Batista fled the country. The ramifications of the Cuban Revolution would change world politics forever.
10 Facts You Didn't Know About Blackbeard the...
When it comes to Blackbeard, the most famous pirate ever to sail the seven seas, it's hard to separate myth from fact. There are a lot of tall tales out there about the man who was the scourge of the Atlantic in 1717-1718. Here are some facts about everyone's favorite buccaneer.
What Christopher Columbus Discovered on His...
Christopher Columbus may have been looking for a new trade route to Asia when he set out in 1492, but he discovered something far more important. Columbus made several stops on his monumental first voyage, including the present-day Bahamas, Cuba and Hispaniola.
10 Things You Didn't Know About Christopher...
When it comes to Christopher Columbus, most famous of the explorers of the Age of Discovery, it's hard to separate truth from myth, and fact from legend. Here are ten things that maybe you didn't already know about Christopher Columbus and his four legendary voyages.
What Led Latin America to Seek Independence...
In 1810, Spain's New World Empire stretched from the American Northwest to Tierra del Fuego. By 1825, it retained only a handful of islands. What happened? How and why did Spain lose so much, so quickly?
Learn about Colombia's Ruthless Drug Kingpin,...
Pablo Escobar was the greatest Colombian drug lord, whose Medellín cartel once controlled 80% of the cocaine shipped illegally into the United States. Although his personal fortune reached into the billions, his crimes eventually caught up with him and he was killed in a dramatic raid by Colombian security forces in 1993.
Josef Mengele was the Angel of Death
During the last few years of his life, while he was still in hiding, incredible legends grew about Dr. Josef Mengele, the fugitive Nazi War Criminal.
10 Fascinating Facts About the Battle of the...
When events turn into legends, facts occasionally get lost. What really happened on March 6, 1836 at the famous Battle of the Alamo?
Josef Mengele, Nazi War Criminal
Josef Mengele was a German doctor and administrator who conducted infamous experiments at the Auschwitz death camp during World War Two. After the war, he escaped to South America and eluded capture for over 30 years.
Cinco de Mayo - the Basics
Cinco de Mayo is much more than simply a Mexican version of St. Patrick's Day. It's a day for celebrating Mexican heritage, enjoying great food, and remembering a most unlikely win in an important battle!
10 of the Most Influential Latin Americans in...
Latin America has had its share of leaders, but these ten people have made a difference not only in their home country, but in the world
10 Myths About Historical Pirates
The so-called “Golden Age of Piracy” lasted from about 1700 to 1725. During this time, thousands of men
Spain’s American Colonies and the...
Early in the colonial era, Spain initiated the encomienda system, under which vast tracts of land and thousands of people and families were given to conquistadors and colonial officials. The encomienda system was thinly-veiled slavery and led to horrible abuses.
Who was Simon Bolivar?
Venezuelan Simon Bolivar was the most important leader of South America's Independence movement. A brilliant general and visionary politician, he led the liberation of Venezuela, Colombia, Panama, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. His dream of a strong, united Latin America is still unfulfilled.
Argh! 7 Famous Pirates and Their Flags
During the Golden Age of Piracy (roughly from 1700-1725), dozens of pirates roamed the seas of the world, preying on merchant shipping and coastal towns. Most of these pirates had distinctive flags, or jacks, which identified them to their friends and foes alike.
Ten Facts About the Ancient Olmec
The Olmec culture was the first great Mesoamerican civilization. Historians and archaeologists have learned many things about this mysterious empire which peaked three thousand years ago.
How the Ancient Maya Did Business
The ancient Maya developed an extensive trading network for commerce in basic goods as well as prestige items such as gold and jade.
Learn About the Life of Che Guevara
One of the more famous (or infamous, depending on your point of view) protagonists of the Cuban Revolution, Argentine doctor Ernesto
Learn About the Heroic Life of José...
José Martí (1853-1895) was a Cuban revolutionary and poet. Although he was not a soldier, he was a leading advocate for Cuban independence from Spain from the time he was sixteen years old. He died in combat against Spanish forces in Cuba in 1895 and is today revered as a Cuban national hero.
How Latin America Gained Independence from Spain
For most of Latin America, independence from Spain came between 1806 and 1825. Each region took a different path to independence, with different leaders and battles.
10 Things You Didn’t Know About the...
The Ancient Maya are among the most mysterious of all the lost civilizations. What do we know for certain about these enigmatic people?
The Unsung Ally: Mexican Involvement in World...
In May of 1942 Mexico formally declared war on Germany and Japan, although it had been silently assisting the Allies for some time already. Although its forces saw very little combat, Mexico was an important and valuable addition to the Allied cause.
Your Comprehensive Summary of the Mexican...
The Mexican Revolution (1910-1920) began with a contested election in 1910 and ended a decade later with hundreds of thousands dead, the country in tatters and the economy in ruins. It has become the stuff of legend, with almost mythological characters such as Pancho Villa, Emiliano Zapata and Alvaro Obregon battling one another for ownership of the rich nation of Mexico.
How Jim Bowie Became a Famous Texas Hero
James Bowie (1796-1836) was an American frontiersman and one of the leaders of the Texas Revolution. He was present at the legendary Battle of the Alamo, where he was killed along with all of his comrades. Today he is considered a great hero in Texas.
Biography of María Eva "Evita"...
Evita Perón is well-known as the subject of a very successful musical...but what was she really like? Who was this remarkable woman who had captured the attention of the world by the time of her tragic death at the age of 33?
Famous People in Mexican History
The history of Mexico is populated by many colorful and fascinating figures.
Ancient Maya Architecture
The Ancient Maya were talented builders whose temples and palaces are still standing thousands of years after being constructed.
How Miguel Hidalgo Helped Gain Mexican...
Mexico's movement for independence from Spain was kicked off by an unlikely figure: Father Miguel Hidalgo, a parish priest and theologian well into his fifties. Hidalgo raised an army and took it to the very gates of Mexico City, but was eventually betrayed, captured and executed by Royalist forces. Still, he is remembered today by Mexicans as the Father of their Country.
Why Santa Anna Was President of Mexico 11 Times
Antonio López de Santa Anna, president of Mexico eleven times from the 1830's to 1850's, was the leader of the Mexican forces at the Battle of the Alamo.
Ten Facts About the Conquest of the Inca Empire
In 1532, Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro and 160 men managed to bring down the mighty Inca Empire, home to millions of people. How did these audacious men do it?
How the Spanish Conquered America
With just a few hundred men, the Spanish were able to bring down and control the mighty Aztec and Inca, powerful Empires with armies in the thousands. How were they able to do it? The weapons and armor of the conquistadors had a lot to do with their success.
How Porfirio Diaz Ruled Mexico for 35 Years
Porfirio Díaz ruled Mexico like a king for thirty-five long years (1876-1911). During this time, he modernized the economy, improved infrastructure, and made Mexico an important player in the global economy. Why, then, did the people of Mexico rise up and begin the Mexican Revolution just to kick him out?
Learn About Female Pirate Anne Bonny
Anne Bonny (1700-1782, exact dates uncertain) was a pirate who fought under the command of “Calico Jack” Rackham between 1718 and 1720. Together with fellow female pirate Mary Read, she was one of Rackham’s more formidable pirates, fighting, cursing and drinking with the best of them. She was captured along with the rest of Rackham’s crew in 1720 and sentenced to death, although her sentence was commuted because she was pregnant.
Who Was the Real Captain Morgan?
Sir Henry Morgan (1635-1688) was a Welsh privateer who fought for the English against the Spanish in the Caribbean in the 1660’s and 1670’s. He is remembered as the greatest of the privateers, amassing huge fleets, attacking prominent targets and being the worst enemy of the Spanish since Sir Francis Drake.
Learn About Unrepentant Pirate Charles Vane
Charles Vane (1680? – 1721) was an English pirate who was active in the Caribbean and the southeast coast of the United States during the first part of the eighteenth century, sometimes referred to as the “Golden Age of Piracy.” A close associate of other ruthless buccaneer commanders such as Blackbeard and Stede Bonnet, Vane distinguished himself by his unrepentant attitude towards piracy and his cruelty to those he captured.
Who Liberated Argentina from the Spanish?
José Francisco de San Martín (1778-1850) was an Argentine General, governor and patriot who led his nation during the wars of Independence from Spain. He was a lifelong soldier who fought for the Spanish in Europe before returning to Argentina to lead the struggle for Independence. Today, he is revered in Argentina, where he is considered among the founding fathers of the nation. He also led the liberation of Chile and Peru.
What Countries Are in Central America?
Central America, the stretch of land between Mexico and South America, has a long and troubled history of war, crime, corruption and dictatorship.
Blackbeard, the Most Fearsome Pirate of all
Blackbeard the Pirate - whose real name was Edward Teach - has achieved legendary status. This ruthless pirate worked the Caribbean for about three years before coming to a bloody end. What are the facts about the most notorious of pirates?
All About Mexico's Independence Day
Mexico celebrates its independence every September 16 with parades, festivals, feasts, parties and more. Mexican flags are everywhere and the main plaza in Mexico City is packed. But what’s the history behind the date of September 16?
Top 10 Events in Latin American History
Latin America has always been shaped by events: wars, rebellions, invasions and more. Which have been the most important? My top ten are based on international and domestic impact.
Blackbeard's Last Stand
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Why Did Texas Want Independence from Mexico?
In March of 1836, Texas broke off from Mexico, declaring its independence. Why did it do so? There were many factors that led to Texas setting off down its own path.
Biography of John “Calico Jack”...
John. Latin American History.
Did the Ancient Maya War with One Another?
Early researchers believed the ancient Maya to be a peaceful civilization, but recent discoveries prove just the opposite. How and why did this lost civilization make frequent war on its neighbors?
The Truth About Christopher Columbus
In 1492, Christopher Columbus discovered lands previously unknown to Europeans. Since then, his image has had its ups and downs. Some think he was a brave hero, and he was nominated for sainthood at one point. Others think he was a monster who brought slavery and disease to the New World. What's the truth about Christopher Columbus?
What Happened During Columbus' Second Voyage?
Returning from the New World without having kept his promises of finding new trade routes to the far east, Christopher Columbus convinces the rulers of Spain to send him back with a larger fleet to establish a colony and trading posts in the lands he has discovered.
Stephen F. Austin, Father of Texas' Independence
Stephen F. Austin was the founder of an important settlement in Mexican Texas in the 1820's. He was an important leader of the Texas Revolution and served as the Republic of Texas' first Secretary of State.
The Life of Mexican Reformer Benito Juarez
Benito Juarez, one of Mexico's most important statesmen and reformers, was the most powerful Mexican politician of his era and a driving force in Mexican politics for several years.
Learn About Argentine President Juan Peron
Juan Domingo Peron was a general, diplomat, and three-time President of Argentina. He was a rare blend of career soldier, charismatic politician and leftist strongman, and his influence on the history of his nation is difficult to overstate. Known to many as the husband of Evita Peron, Juan Domingo left behind a huge political and historical legacy.
Ten Facts About Francisco Pizarro
In 1532, Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro began his bloody conquest of the mighty Inca Empire. This adventure made him and his soldiers very wealthy men indeed. How much do you know about the illiterate footsoldier who held an Emperor for ransom?
Miguel Hidalgo Kicked off Mexico's Independence...
Father Miguel Hidalgo kicked off Mexico's struggle for independence from Spain on September 16, 1810
The Hunt for Adolf Eichmann
Adolf Eichmann, wanted Nazi war criminal, was deep in hiding in Argentina. But agents of the new state of Israel were closing in on him.
Chile's Independence Day: September 18, 1810
On September 18, 1810, Chile declared its independence from Spain. Sentiment for independence had been brewing for some time, and the final straw was Napoleon's conquest of Spain. Chile's declaration of independence kicked off a war that would last for several years and cost thousands of lives. Today, Chileans celebrate Independence Day as one of the most important holidays of the year.
What Was the Bay of Pigs Invasion?
The Bay of Pigs invasion of April 1961 was one of the worst foreign policy disasters in American history.
10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About...
Pancho Villa was probably the best-known of the leaders of the Mexican Revolution. Still, most people don't know some of the more interesting parts of his history. Here are some fun facts about Pancho Villa.
What Was the Mexican-American War About?
The Mexican-American War (1846-1848) was a long, bloody conflict between the United States of America and Mexico. The USA won the war and gained much of the current American west and southwest.
The Surprising Life of Emiliano Zapata
Emiliano Zapata was the greatest idealist of the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920). The leader of a small, mostly indigenous community in the southern state of Morelos, Zapata was already fighting the entrenched power of Porfirio Diaz when the revolution broke out. With cries of Tierra Y Libertad! (
Important Dates in Mexican History
A timeline of some of the most important dates in the history of Mexico.
Ancient Maya Astronomy
The Ancient Maya were gifted astronomers who were interested in every aspect of their skies. They painstakingly charted the movements of the Sun, Moon, planets and stars, as they believed they were Gods traveling through the heavens and back and forth to the Earth and the Underworld. Their interest in astronomy impacted many aspects of Maya life, including architecture and religion.
10 Things You Should Know About Simon Bolivar
When a man becomes a legend - and if any man has, it's Simon Bolivar - facts tend to get distorted. Here is the truth about the man South Americans refer to simply as
The Ancient Maya and Human Sacrifice
The Ancient Maya practiced human sacrifice for a variety of political and religious reasons.
Chespirito, Mexico's Greatest Entertainer
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How Was a Pirate Crew Organized?
On a well-run pirate ship, different officers had different duties. Here is a list of the positions and duties on board a typical pirate ship.
8 Most Important Men of the Texas Revolution
The Texas Revolution was carried out by military leaders such as Sam Houston, politicians like Davy Crockett and frontiersmen like Jim Bowie. The Mexicans were led by soldiers like Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna.
10 Facts About the Mexican-American War
The Mexican-American War (1846-1848) was a defining moment in the relationship between Mexico and the
Do You Know What Happened at the Battle of the...
On March 6, 1836, The Mexican army attacked the Alamo, a fortress-like old mission in San Antonio, Texas. Inside were some 200 Texan rebels, determined to drive them off or give their lives for the cause of Texas Independence. The Battle of the Alamo is now a legendary part of Texan (and Mexican) history.
Did Davy Crockett Die in Battle at the Alamo?
Famed Frontiersman Davy Crockett was among the defenders of the Alamo when it fell to the Mexican army on March 6,1836. According to some accounts, he was taken prisoner before being executed. What happened to Davy Crockett on that fateful day?
The Conquistadors
The Spanish conquistadors who came to the New World in the first half of the sixteenth century were a special breed of men. Cunning, ruthless, fearless, cruel and ambitious, they were mostly desperate men from poor regions of Spain looking to make their fortune. Defying long odds, they conquered the mighty Empires of the Aztecs, Incas and Maya, leaving their mark on history forever.
Ten Facts About Father Miguel Hidalgo
Father Miguel Hidalgo kicked off Mexico's Independence Movement on September 16, 1810 with his famous Cry of Dolores. He is considered the founding father of the United States of Mexico, but he remains misunderstood by many. Here are ten facts about Mexico's favorite Liberator.
The Founding Culture of Mesoamerica
Historians and archaeologists are piecing together information about the long-lost Olmec culture of ancient Mesoamerica.
Seven Facts About Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de Mayo is a widely celebrated Mexican holiday, enjoyed by millions of people around the world every year. What happened on May fifth, and why do Mexicans celebrate it? Here are seven facts about everyone's favorite Mexican holiday.
These Irishmen Defected to the Mexican Army....
As the Mexican-American war raged from 1846 to 1848, a handful of deserters - primarily Irish Catholics - switched sides and joined the Mexican army. These men formed the core of the St. Patrick's Battalion, Mexico's most elite unit.
Latin American History: Introduction to the...
Of all the different time periods in the History of Latin America, the Colonial Era was the most important in shaping the modern character of the region. Here you can read six reasons why.
Mexican Independence: The Cry of Dolores
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What Do You Know About Christopher Columbus?
Christopher Columbus was the greatest explorer of his age: for centuries he was thought to have been the first to discover America. He was a complex man, however, who failed as often as he succeeded. Although his morals were questionable -- he wanted to send American slaves to Europe -- his fortitude, courage and sailing skill were unquestionable.
Colombia's Independence Day
On July 20, 1810, independence leaders in Bogota, Colombia, started a riot which eventually led to the city declaring independence from Spain. Today, July 20 is celebrated in Colombia as Independence day.
Ancient Maya Timeline
The Maya civilization peaked around 800 A.D., but it had been around for a long time before that...and is still there today! Learn more about the different eras of the Maya.
Was General Pinochet a Hero or a Murderer?
Augusto Pinochet (1915-2006) was a general in the Chilean military who also served as president and dictator for almost twenty years. During his time in office, thousands of Chileans were arrested, tortured and executed without trial. Nevertheless, many Chileans credit Pinochet with saving their country from communism.
Biography of Sam Houston
Sam Houston (1793-1863) was one of the leaders of Texas' independence movement. He was in command of the Texan forces at the decisive Battle of San Jacinto in 1836. Later he went on to a distinguished career as a politician and statesman.
The Decline of the Olmec Civilization
The mighty Olmec culture rose and fell two thousand years before the first Europeans set foot in Mexico. What happened to this mysterious civilization?
Biography of Mary Read
Mary Read was an English pirate who sailed with
How Batista Became Dictator of Cuba
Fulgencio Batista was a Cuban army sergeant who took command of the military before being elected president for the term from 1940-1944. He returned to power in 1952 and is today best known as the man who was President when Fidel Castro's Cuban Revolution took place.
A Fugitive Concentration Camp Director Who...
Josef Schwammberger (1912-2004) was a Nazi officer in World War two who became a wanted criminal after the war. He fled to Argentina, where he lived for decades. He was extradited to Germany in 1990 and convicted of war crimes.
Anne Bonny and Mary Read, History's Most...
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What to Know About the History of Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires, Argentina, has a long and fascinating history of wars, economic booms and busts, and art. Full of characters like Evita Perón, Juan Manuel de Rosas and Carlos Gardel, this important city has more than its fair share of historical drama.
Latin American Dictators
Latin America has traditionally been home to dictators: charismatic men who have seized almost complete control over their nations and held it for years, even decades. Some have been fairly benign, some cruel and violent, and others merely peculiar. Here are some of the more noteworthy men who have held dictatorial powers in their home nations.
Biography of Rigoberta Menchu
Rigoberta Menchu, the controversial winner of the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize, is still active in Guatemalan politics and native rights movements around the world.
Learn the Fact and Fiction About Blackbeard
Edward. Latin American History.
The Colossal Heads of the Olmec
The Olmec civilization is today remembered as the creators of seventeen giant stone heads. These heads have been found at a handful of archaeological sites and are currently in Mexican museums.
The Gestapo Officer who was Brought to Justice...
Erich Priebke was a former Nazi war criminal who lived for decades in Argentina before being extradited to Italy for his role in a 1944 massacre.
Who Murdered the Baroness of Galapagos?
The Galapagos Islands are famous for being remote and sparsely inhabited. They only rarely come to international attention. That all changed in 1934, when the islands were home to a scandal involving sex, lies and murder. When all was said and done, three people were dead and two more missing. Do you think you can solve a mystery that has baffled historians for almost a century?
The History of Tikal
Tikal was one of the mightiest cities in the ancient Maya world, dominating its region and lesser city-states.
How William Travis Became a Texas Hero at the...
William Travis was the ranking officer of the Texan defenders at the legendary 1836 Battle of the Alamo. Although Travis and all of his fellow defenders were killed, their deaths inspired other men to fight the invading Mexican army, helping Texas to achieve its independence. Today, Travis is considered a great hero in Texas.
The Third Voyage of Christopher Columbus
In 1498 Christopher Columbus returned for a third trip to the New World, bearing supplies for colonists and still searching for a passage to the markets of the orient. He found discontent, disease, and by 1500 he found himself en route back to Spain...only this time, he was in chains.
Bartholomew "Black Bart" Roberts
Bartholomew. Latin American History.
The History of Port Royal
Port Royal is a town on the southern coast of Jamaica. It was originally colonized by the Spanish, but attacked and captured by the English in 1655. Because of its good natural harbor and key position, Port Royal quickly became a major haven for pirates and buccaneers, who were made welcome because of the need for defenders.
How to Teach Kids About Blackbeard the Pirate
A biography of Blackbeard, the most famous of the pirates, written especially for younger readers.
Meet 11 Real-Life (and Terrifying) Pirates of...
Here you will find a list of the most famous pirates from the so-called
The 8 Most Important Men of the Mexican...
As the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920) burned across Mexico, the lawless land was ruled more and more by ruthless warlords who fought one another over the remains of the broken nation. Who were the men who dared to make Mexico their own?
Why did the Americans Win the Mexican-American...
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Biography of Atahualpa, Last King of the Inca
In 1532, Spanish conquistadors discovered the wealthy Inca Empire, high in the South American Andes. The only thing standing between these greedy men and the gold they dreamed of was young Emperor Atahualpa, fresh off a victory in a civil war.
Real Quotes from Historical Pirates
Real quotes by actual historical pirates.
Ten Facts About El Dorado
When a place is as legendary as El Dorado, facts sometimes get lost is the changing winds of history. Was El Dorado real? Where was it? Find out the facts about the mythological city of gold.
Christopher Columbus' Final New World Voyage
Ten years after his monumental voyage of discovery, much had changed for Christopher Columbus. He had gone back twice, and each time the trip ended in disaster. Still, the fifty-something adventurer and explorer felt he had one more trip in him. He convinced some investors and set off one last time in 1502.
Who was Francisco Pizarro?
Francisco Pizarro was a Spanish conquistador who led the expedition in 1532 that defeated the mighty Inca Empire of Peru. He ruled Peru as an agent of the King of Spain for almost ten years before he was assassinated in Lima.
Bartolomé de Las Casas (1484-1566) Part...
Biography of Fray Bartolome de Las Casas Part One
What Was the Legend of El Dorado?
For centuries, greedy men scoured the unknown interior of South America for the legendary city of El Dorado. Did they ever find it, or was it merely a myth all along?
From California to Mexico City: the Battles of...
During the Mexican-American War (1846-1848) the two rival armies met in battle on several occasions from California to Mexico City. Here you'll find descriptions of several of the major engagements.
How Texas Became Independent from Mexico
After years of escalating differences with Mexico, settlers in the region of Texas rebelled, kicking off a short war which resulted in Texas becoming an independent nation.
Where are the Remains of Christopher Columbus?
The city of Seville, Spain, has a set of bones they claim belong to Christopher Columbus, the great navigator and explorer. The city of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, says the same thing. Which city has the real bones and why may we never know for sure?
How Cortés Became a Conquistador
A biography of Hernán Cortés, a Spanish Conquistador who, with dwindling provisions and 600 soldiers, was able to defeat the mighty Aztec Empire and its tens if not hundreds of thousands of warriors. Later, Cortes served as governor of New Spain and was given the title of Marquis by the King of Spain.
Who Killed Pancho Villa?
When legendary warlord Pancho Villa was gunned down in July of 1923, most Mexicans suspected a conspiracy...and they were right. Who killed Pancho Villa?
How Pancho Villa Helped Lead the Mexican...
Few men are as legendary in Latin American History as Pancho Villa. Bandit, general, warlord, hero and murderer, Villa is a complicated and fascinating historical figure and one of the giants of the Mexican Revolution.
The Most Important People and Events of the...
Cuban Revolutionaries fighting under Fidel Castro and Che Guevara wanted to shake up Cuba and get rid of dictator Fulgencio Batista. They ended up shaking up the whole world, jumping into the conflict of the Cold War and changing the balance of power between the Soviet Union and United States. Here you'll find some of the major players and events of this monumental event.
Captain William Kidd
Captain William Kidd (1654-1701) was a Scottish ship's captain and pirate. After turning himself in and hoping to clear his name, he was tried and hanged for piracy.
Learn About the Life of Ferdinand Magellan
Ferdinand Magellan was a Portuguese navigator and captain who led the first expedition that successfully circled the globe.
Inti - the Inca Sun God
Inti, the Sun God, was the second-most important god to the Inca culture after Viracocha, the Creator. There were magnificent temples dedicated to him and an important annual festival celebrated in his name. A benevolent God, he caused crops to grow and livestock to thrive.
Independence from Spain in Venezuela
Venezuela was a leader in Latin America’s Independence movement. Led by visionary radicals such as Simón Bolívar and Francisco de Miranda, Venezuela was the first of the South American Republics to formally break away from Spain. The decade or so that followed was extremely bloody, with unspeakable atrocities on both sides and several important battles, but in the end the patriots prevailed, finally securing Venezuelan independence in 1821.
Learn Mexican History, Beyond Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday which celebrates the victory over French forces on May 5, 1862 at the Battle of Puebla.
Ante Pavelic, Croatian War Criminal
Ante Pavelic was the leader of the Croatian Republic, a Nazi puppet state during World War Two. After the war, he fled to Argentina. He died in Spain in 1959.
The History of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Santo Domingo, the capitol of the Dominican Republic, is the longest continually inhabited European city in the Americas. It has a long and fascinating history, from pirate attacks to being renamed after a ruthless dictator!
How Did the Ancient Maya Rule?
The Ancient Maya had a complex political system with a king at the top. The King had many duties including leading in times of war and acting as a conduit between his people and the Gods.
Latin America at War!
Even since most of Latin America gained independence from Spain in the period from 1810-1825, the region has suffered from numerous disastrous civil wars and revolutions. They range from the all-out assault on authority of the Cuban Revolution to the bickering of Colombia's Thousand Day War, but they all reflect the passion and idealism of the people of Latin America.
The US Occupation of the Dominican Republic,...
From 1916 to 1924, the United States of America militarily occupied the Dominican Republic. The primary reason for doing so was to protect American economic interests.
What Were the Major Events of the Mexican-Ameri...
Here are the important dates from the 1846-1848 Mexican-American War. Includes battles, treaties, politics and more.
The Olmec
The Olmec culture was the first great civilization of Mesoamerica.
The Goliad Massacre
On March 27, 1836, hundreds of Texan prisoners were slaughtered on orders of Mexican General Santa Anna.
Olmec Religion
The ancient Olmec civilization of Mexico had disappeared by 400 B.C., but their religion and culture were hugely influential in later cultures such as the Maya.
The Queen Anne's Revenge
For about a year in 1717-1718, the most fearsome pirate ship in the world was Blackbeard's monstrous Queen Anne's Revenge. With this massive pirate man of war, Blackbeard essentially controlled the Caribbean and the southeastern coast of the present-day USA.
Huáscar and Atahualpa: An Inca Civil War
From 1527 to 1532, brothers Huáscar and Atahualpa were locked in a brutal civil war over who would lead the mighty Inca Empire, high in the South American mountains. Atahualpa had only a short time to savor his victory, however, as Spanish conquistadors under Francisco Pizarro arrived with their own notions of who should rule the Andes.
Biography of Enrique Peña Nieto
Enrique Peña Nieto (1966-) is the current President of Mexico. A centrist, he ran as the candidate of the Institutional Revolutionary Party.
Meet 10 Leaders of South American Independence
In 1810, South America was still part of Spain's vast New World Empire. By 1825, however, the continent was free, having won its independence at the cost of bloody wars with Spanish and royalist forces. Independence might never have been won without the brave leadership of men and women ready to fight for liberty. Meet the Liberators of South America!
Learn About the Life of Diego Rivera
Diego Rivera was Mexico's best-known muralist. An avowed communist, he was as well known for controversy as art, and his is also famous for his volatile marriage to fellow artist Frida Kahlo.
Pirates, Privateers, Buccaneers and Corsairs
Pirate, privateer, buccaneer or corsair? These words have similar meanings, but there are important differences.
The Siege of San Antonio
From October to December of 1835, rebellious Texans laid siege to the town of San Antonio. They attacked in early December and captured the city after days of fierce fighting.
Biography of Fidel Castro
Fidel Castro is a Cuban lawyer, revolutionary and politician. Along with his brother Raul Castro and Ernesto
10 Facts About the Pirate 'Black Bart' Roberts
Bartholomew “Black Bart” Roberts was the most successful pirate of the “ Golden Age of Piracy ,” which
Biography of Juan Ponce de Leon
Juan Ponce de Leon was a Spanish conquistador and explorer who was the first to discover and explore Florida. He was also an important early pioneer of Puerto Rico. According to legend, he was seeking the legendary Fountain of Youth in Florida.
The History of San Juan, Puerto Rico
San Juan, Puerto Rico, has been one of the most important ports in the Caribbean for centuries. It has a long history, from Spanish conquistadors to pirate attacks to battles between American and Spanish forces in 1898.
The Five Most Successful Pirates
From 1695 to 1725, many men tried their hand at piracy and most died nameless on a desert island or in a noose. Some, however, became well-known and even rich.
Francisco Morazan: the Simon Bolivar of Central...
Francisco Morazan (1792-1842) was a Central American general, patriot and political leader. He served as President of the Republic of Central America in the 1830's and did his best to keep the nation united, although his efforts were doomed to failure.
The Man Found Guilty of 900,000 Deaths
Franz Stangl was an Austrian Nazi war criminal who oversaw the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Jews at the Treblinka death camp. After World War Two, he hid out in Brazil until his arrest in 1967. He was sent to Germany, tried and sentenced to life in prison.
Pirates: Truth, Facts, Legends and Myths
When you learn about something mostly from the movies, you're bound to have your facts a little mixed up. Pirates are a great example: how much do you you really know about these sea-dogs?
Henry Avery: The Pirate Who Kept His Loot
Henry Every was an English pirate who made one huge score - the Grand Mughal of India's treasure ship, in 1695. He retired with his wealth and was never heard from again, giving rise to many myths and legends.
Davy Crockett: Frontiersman, Politician and...
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Biography of Venustiano Carranza
Venustiano Carranza was one of the major players in the Mexican Revolution. A former governor of Coahuila, Carranza eventually became president.
Jose Maria Morelos
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The Treasure of the Inca
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