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Christopher Minster

Updated Articles and Resources

By Christopher Minster

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • The Liberators of South America Created: Wednesday, December 08, 2010 Updated: Thursday, July 10, 2014
      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 fo...
    • Major Stede Bonnet and the Battle of Cape Fear River Created: Friday, March 18, 2011 Updated: Friday, July 04, 2014
      On September 27, 1718, hardened pirates serving under Stede Bonnet fought against two pirate hunter ships under the command of Colonel William Rhett.The pirates were eventually overcome and taken in chains to Charles Town (now Charleston) where all of them, including Bonnet, were hanged.
    • The Inca Empire Created: Sunday, November 28, 2010 Updated: Friday, July 04, 2014
      The mighty Inca Empire took centuries to build and stretched from Chile to Colombia. It was one of the richest and most powerful in the world. But in 1532, Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro de...
    • The Battle of Maipu Created: Sunday, August 01, 2010 Updated: Friday, July 04, 2014
      On April 5, 1818, Argentine General José de San Martín defeated a mighty army of Spanish and royalists near the Maipú River in Chile. The loss was a devastating one for the royalist cause, as almost the entire army was killed or captured. The battle marks the end of Spanish power in Chile.
    • Ten Facts About Anne Bonny and Mary Read Created: Friday, March 23, 2012 Updated: Friday, July 04, 2014
      Anne Bonny and Mary Read became famous in a most unlikely way: they joined a pirate crew! They have since become legendary, the ferocious female pirates who fought under the flag of Captain John "Calico Jack" Rackham. What are some facts about these swashbuckling ladies?
    • Book Review: Captain Charles Johnson’s A General History of the Pyrates Created: Friday, July 15, 2011 Updated: Friday, July 04, 2014
      Captain Charles Johnson's 1724 classic is called "the pirate bible" and is a must-have for serious pirate historians.
    • Miguel Hidalgo and the Mexican War of Independence Created: Wednesday, January 27, 2010 Updated: Friday, July 04, 2014
      Father Miguel Hidalgo kicked off Mexico's struggle for independence from Spain on September 16, 1810 when he issued his famous "Cry of Dolores" in which he exhorted Mexicans to rise up and throw of...
    • The History of São Paulo Created: Sunday, April 27, 2008 Updated: Friday, July 04, 2014
      São Paulo, Brazil, is the largest city in Latin America, edging out runner-up Mexico City by a couple million inhabitants. It has a long and interesting history, including serving as home base for the infamous bandeirantes.
    • Assassinated Leaders of Latin America Created: Friday, July 04, 2014 Updated: Friday, July 04, 2014
      The history of Latin America is a long and bloody one, riddled with conflicts, wars and massacres. It is no surprise, then, that many important leaders in Latin America wound up in the sights of as...
    • Top Ten Stories in Latin American History from 2000-2010 Created: Thursday, November 26, 2009 Updated: Friday, July 04, 2014
      The decade of the "00's" was a big one for Latin America. Dictators were sentenced, the region moved to the left, and Fidel Castro finally started showing his age. What were the top ten stories of ...
    • Biography of Carlos Fuldner Created: Friday, July 04, 2014 Updated: Friday, July 04, 2014
      Carlos Fuldner was an Argentine-German spy and smuggler who helped fugitive Nazis escape to Argentina after World War Two.
    • Biography of Diego de Almagro Created: Thursday, December 04, 2008 Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014
      Diego de Almagro was an important conquistador who played a key role in the conquest of the mighty Inca Empire. He was later defeated and executed by his former friend and ally Francisco Pizarro in...
    • Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Brazil's Progressive President Created: Friday, May 01, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
      Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was President of Brazil from 2001 to 2010. He is a leftist with many centrist positions and is a respected leader in South American politics. Under his leadership, ...
    • Maya Books Created: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
      The Maya civilization was literate and at the time of the Spanish conquest, there were many books in the Maya cities of southern Mexico and Guatemala. Unfortunately, most of the books were destroye...
    • Biography of Atahualpa, Last King of the Inca Created: Thursday, November 13, 2008 Updated: Monday, June 30, 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 ...
    • Amerigo Vespucci, Explorer and Navigator Created: Tuesday, March 31, 2009 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Amerigo Vespucci was one of the most important explorers during the age of discovery. An able mariner, he made two trips to the New World and explored the coast of Brazil. It was his descriptions o...
    • Biography of Ollanta Humala Tasso Created: Thursday, June 09, 2011 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      Ollanta Humala is a Peruvian army officer and politician. He was elected to the Presidency of Peru in June of 2011.
    • Bernardo O'Higgins Created: Saturday, March 27, 2010 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      Bernardo O'Higgins (1778-1842) was a Chilean landowner and one of the leaders of its struggle for Independence. Although he had no formal military training, O'Higgins took charge of the ragged rebe...
    • Mexico’s Wars Created: Wednesday, August 01, 2012 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      Mexico has been involved in several wars and conflicts, both internal and against foreign powers.
    • Biography of Raul Castro Created: Wednesday, January 21, 2009 Updated: Thursday, June 26, 2014
      The brother of Fidel Castro played an important role in the Cuban Revolution and in post-revolution Cuba, including serving as President.
    • Stede Bonnet, the Gentleman Pirate Created: Monday, March 07, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
      Major Stede Bonnet (1688-1718) was the most unlikely of pirates. He had a family and a prosperous plantation on Barbados, and didn't know one end of a sloop from the other. But he was determined to...
    • Henry Avery: The Pirate Who Kept His Loot Created: Friday, February 11, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
      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 ...
    • Most Impressive Facial Hair in the History of Latin America Created: Thursday, December 11, 2008 Updated: Monday, June 23, 2014
      From Simon's sideburns to Fidel's beard, facial hair has been a proud part of Latin American history. Here are a few unshaven all-stars.
    • Biography of Pascual Orozco - Pascual Orozco Profile Created: Monday, July 07, 2008 Updated: Sunday, June 22, 2014
      Pascual Orozco was an important leader during the early days of the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920). For a while, he commanded the largest rebel army in the field, but his fortunes fell when he supported the unpopular Victoriano Huerta. He died in a gunfight in Texas in 1915 as he tried to re-enter Mexico and raise a new army.
    • Mexico's War For Independence: the Battle of Monte de las Cruces Created: Sunday, September 20, 2009 Updated: Sunday, June 22, 2014
      In late October of 1810, Father Miguel Hidalgo led an angry mob of close to 80,000 poor Mexicans towards Mexico City. The rebel army was like a swarm of locusts, destroying everything in its path, and the residents of the city were terrified. Every available royalist soldier was sent out to meet Hidalgo's army, and on October 30 the two armies met at Monte de las Cruces. Would arms and discipline prevail over numbers and rage?
    • The Mexican-American War Created: Saturday, February 04, 2012 Updated: Sunday, June 22, 2014
      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 Battle of Churubusco Created: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 Updated: Sunday, June 22, 2014
      On August 20, 1847, the invading American army gained a foothold in Mexico City at the bloody Battle of Churubusco. Today, the battle is largely remembered for the spirited defense put up by the St. Patrick's Battalion, a Mexican army unit comprised mainly of Irish Catholic deserters from the US army.
    • Ten Facts About the Mexican-American War Created: Saturday, February 11, 2012 Updated: Sunday, June 22, 2014
      The Mexican-American War (1846-1848) is a "forgotten" war, as not long after it ended the USA found itself caught up in the Civil War (1861-1865). Here are some facts about this war, which resulted...
    • The Battles of the Mexican-American War Created: Wednesday, February 01, 2012 Updated: Sunday, June 22, 2014
      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.
    • The Battle of Chapultepec Created: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 Updated: Sunday, June 22, 2014
      On September 13, 1847, the American army captured the fortress of Chapultepec, home of the Mexican Military Academy and gateway into Mexico City. The battle led directly to Mexico's surrender and end to the Mexican-American War.
    • Latin America - Explorers and Discoverers Created: Thursday, June 25, 2009 Updated: Saturday, June 21, 2014
      After Christopher Columbus blazed a trail to the New World in 1492, many others soon followed. The Americas were a fascinating, new place and the crowned heads of Europe eagerly sent explorers to l...
    • Historic Cities of Latin America Created: Friday, January 02, 2009 Updated: Saturday, June 21, 2014
      As the first part of the New World to be discovered, conquered and settled by Europeans, Latin America is home to many wonderful cities rich in history and culture. How many of these colonial treas...

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