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Christopher Minster

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By Christopher Minster

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    • Mexican Revolution: Biography of Pancho Villa Created: Monday, August 04, 2008 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      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.
    • Ten Facts About the Battle of the Alamo Created: Friday, October 21, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      When events turn into legends, facts occasionally get lost. What really happened on March 6, 1836 at the famous Battle of the Alamo?
    • Pirate Treasure Created: Thursday, February 16, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      In the movies, pirates always seem to have huge chests of gold and jewels. Was this really the case? Learn more about what sort of treasure a pirate could really hope to find.
    • Presidents of South America Created: Monday, December 22, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Over the years, many men (and a few women) have been president of the different nations of South America. Some have been crooked and some misunderstood.
    • Biography of María Eva "Evita" Perón Created: Saturday, May 03, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      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...
    • Ten Facts About Christopher Columbus Created: Thursday, February 24, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      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 a...
    • The First New World Voyage of Christopher Columbus (1492) Created: Thursday, January 03, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      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...
    • Who Killed Pancho Villa? Created: Thursday, May 07, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      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?
    • Biography of Venustiano Carranza Created: Sunday, July 13, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Venustiano Carranza was one of the major players in the Mexican Revolution. A former governor of Coahuila, Carranza eventually became president.
    • Biography of Francisco Madero Created: Saturday, June 28, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Francisco I. Madero (1873-1913) was a reformist politician and writer who served as President of Mexico from 1911 to 1913.
    • The Ten Most Influential Latin Americans in History Created: Saturday, February 02, 2008 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
      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." itemprop="description" Thursday, January 31, 2008 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
      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." itempf expr="$zTP='t3'" --> it...
    • Biography of Anastasio Somoza García Created: Tuesday, May 06, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Anastasio Somoza García seized power in Nicaragua in 1936, beginning a dynasty of rule that would pass through his two sons and last until 1979.
    • The Mexican Revolution Created: Sunday, August 03, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      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.
    • Huascar, Inca Emperor 1527-1532 Created: Tuesday, November 25, 2008 Updated: Sunday, April 06, 2014
      When Inca Emperor Huayna Capac died in 1527, his sons Atahualpa and Huascar fought bitterly over his throne. Huascar held Cuzco, but Atahualpa had the army.
    • The History of San Juan, Puerto Rico Created: Thursday, March 06, 2008 Updated: Sunday, April 06, 2014
      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.
    • Latin American History: Introduction to the Colonial Era Created: Monday, January 14, 2008 Updated: Sunday, April 06, 2014
      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.
    • Josef Mengele in South America Created: Sunday, April 06, 2014 Updated: Sunday, April 06, 2014
      Josef Mengele, the Auschwitz "Angel of Death" whose nightmarish experiments reflect the cruelty of the Holocaust, lived for thirty years on the run in South America.
    • Mexico’s Wars Created: Wednesday, August 01, 2012 Updated: Friday, April 04, 2014
      Mexico has been involved in several wars and conflicts, both internal and against foreign powers.
    • Biography of Jose de San Martin Created: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 Updated: Friday, April 04, 2014
      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...
    • Huáscar and Atahualpa: An Inca Civil War Created: Saturday, November 22, 2008 Updated: Friday, April 04, 2014
      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...
    • The Colossal Heads of the Olmec Created: Monday, July 22, 2013 Updated: Friday, April 04, 2014
      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.
    • Biography of Davy Crockett Created: Sunday, October 02, 2011 Updated: Friday, April 04, 2014
      David "Davy" Crockett (1786-1836) was a popular politician and outdoorsman known for given folksy speeches and telling tall tales about life on the frontier. His lasting fame, however, came as a re...
    • Pirate weapons Created: Thursday, September 22, 2011 Updated: Friday, April 04, 2014
      Back in the days of Blackbeard and William Kidd, pirates had a variety of weapons that they used to carry out their high-seas thievery, including cannons, pistols, sabers, grenadoes and more!
    • Pirates: Truth, Facts, Legends and Myths Created: Sunday, September 18, 2011 Updated: Friday, April 04, 2014
      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?
    • Biography of Atahualpa, Last King of the Inca Created: Thursday, November 13, 2008 Updated: Friday, April 04, 2014
      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 ...
    • Biography of Roberto Gómez Bolaños (Chespirito) Created: Thursday, February 14, 2008 Updated: Friday, April 04, 2014
      Biography of Roberto Gómez Bolaños, a.k.a. Chespirito, Mexican writer and actor who made famous characters such as el Chavo del 8 and el Chapulín Colorado.
    • Biography of Santiago Mariño Created: Thursday, February 11, 2010 Updated: Friday, April 04, 2014
      Santiago Mariño was one of the great heroes of Venezuela's Independence. A skilled general and politician, he was instrumental in liberating Eastern Venezuela from Spanish and royalist forces between 1813 and 1821. He was a close colleague of Simon Bolivar and the two men often worked together to liberate regions or fight battles. Later in life, he was briefly President of Venezuela.
    • Biography of Klaus Barbie Created: Friday, April 04, 2014 Updated: Friday, April 04, 2014
      Klaus Barbie (1913-1991) was a German Nazi and Gestapo officer nicknamed "the Butcher of Lyon" for his wartime atrocities. After the war, he fled to South America, where he worked as a counter-terrorism expert for repressive Bolivian dictatorships. He was eventually extradited to France, where he was tried and convicted for his crimes.
    • Ten Facts About Blackbeard the Pirate Created: Saturday, February 19, 2011 Updated: Sunday, March 30, 2014
      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 t...
    • Real-Life Pirates of the Caribbean Created: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 Updated: Monday, March 17, 2014
      Here you will find a list of the most famous pirates from the so-called "Golden Age of Piracy," which lasted roughly from 1710 to 1725.
    • Gabriel Garcia Moreno: Ecuador's Catholic Crusader Created: Sunday, November 02, 2008 Updated: Monday, March 10, 2014
      Gabriel García Moreno was president and dictator of Ecuador for several years in the turbulent mid-nineteenth century. He is remembered primarily as a Catholic zealot who, in spite of his belief that Ecuador should be ruled by the church, managed to accomplish much during his tenure in office.

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