Category: History

Discovering the Polynesian islands

Setting sail into the unknown on handmade canoes, this is how skilful navigators earned their homeland thousands of years ago (Image source: Pixabay/WikiImages) When early Europeans eventually explored the islands of the Pacific Ocean, they discovered...

Who was Typhoid Mary?

How a cook’s recipe of ignorance and ice cream resulted in the infamous outbreak of a deadly disease Mary Mallon (left) ended up being forced to quarantine (Image source: Wikimedia Commons) Mary Mallon was an...

Inside Portugal’s Pena Palace

Nestled atop a hill, this kingly home is a real-life fairytale castle in the clouds Image credit: Getty Images An hour outside of Lisbon lies Sintra National Park. Tucked unobtrusively between its slopes stand...

The truth about Area 51

Myths and conspiracy theories aside, what is really happening at this mysterious air base? Image source: Pixabay Isolated in the Nevada Desert, a dusty path leads to the heavily guarded Area 51 – an...

The history of the Lincoln Memorial

Why was the 16th president honoured with a memorial that looks like a Greek temple? Image source: Pixabay Strength, wisdom, fortitude – for many, United States president Abraham Lincoln embodied all those qualities, so...

What is diplomatic immunity?

Discover how this blanket protection is supposed to help prevent international incidents Image source: Pixabay The rule of law means that no one is above the law – unless you’re a diplomat. As servants...

Race to the Poles

How pioneering explorers battled extreme conditions to reach the ends of the Earth Roald Amundsen’s research vessel, Gjøa, became stuck in the Arctic ice for almost two years during his Northwest Passage expedition of...

How did the first feathered dinosaur live?

Discover Caudipteryx, the peacock-like dinosaur that roamed the lands of Asia 125 million years ago (Image credit: Christophe Hendrickx) In a time when dinosaurs inhabited the Earth, some colossal creatures towered at nearly 20 metres tall...

How did WWII end?

75 years ago, the Allies clinched a dramatic and destructive victory in Japan (Image source: Pixabay) World War II raged from 1939–1945, leaving millions dead in its wake. It consumed the world in gunfire...