Monthly Archives: September 2013

Historical Oddities: The Samoan Civil Wars

The wave of imperialism in the 19th century affected many countries as the European great powers and later the United States and Japan conquered or intervened in local affairs of nearly every other country around the world. One area of … Continue reading

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Historical Oddities: The Battle of Tondibi

The history of West Africa Is largely focused on the empires that rose and fell along the Niger River. For over one thousand years, three empires expanded throughout the Sahel region from the main section of the Niger. The last … Continue reading

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Historical Oddities: Y Wladfa

Argentina, like most countries in the Americas, has a long history of European immigration since its independence. The most common immigrants during the 19th century were Germans and Italians fleeing the chaos of Europe in the aftermath of the 1848 … Continue reading

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Historical Oddities: Emperor Norton I

There are many tales of people who go out and seek their fortunes in the American West in the 1800s. But few are as strange or as colorful as that of Joshua Norton, Emperor of These United States and Protector … Continue reading

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Historical Oddities: The Kingdom of Tavolara

The Kingdom of Tavolara was a tiny sovereign nation on the island of Tavolara off the northeast coast of Sardinia. The kingdom was founded in the early 19th century. While the island had been uninhabited for a long time, a … Continue reading

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Ted Cruz’s Company, or Four Famous Filibusters

The ongoing struggle by the Republican Party to defund and eventually repeal Barack Obama’s healthcare law took a curious turn this week. In the wake of the Senate beginning to debate the bill, Texas senator Ted Cruz, a Republican, spoke … Continue reading

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Historical Oddities: Bohemia National Ice Hockey Team

During the early 20th century, the constituent countries from Austria-Hungary often competed as separate units. In the Olympics, there were teams representing Austria, Bohemia, and Hungary from the beginning of the games in 1896 up until the dissolution of the … Continue reading

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