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Reconstructing the Oldest Recorded Murder in History History & Culture 

Reconstructing the Oldest Recorded Murder in History

10,000 years ago, Turkana County in today’s Kenya was a lush and fertile paradise. Lake Turkana – much eroded today – was a massive water body that appears to have supported a great number of human settlements along its vast margin. One such settlement is Nataruk, a highly primitive camp…

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Grace O’Malley: The Pirate Queen of Ireland History & Culture 

Grace O’Malley: The Pirate Queen of Ireland

The Irish have always been audacious, but audacity was taken to a whole new level in the sixteenth century, when the seas around Ireland were under the control of Grace O’Malley (Gráinne Ní Mháille in the Gaelic form), the Sea Queen of Connacht. She raided shipping vessels, battled the English,…

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The Southampton Slave Revolt of 1831 History & Culture 

The Southampton Slave Revolt of 1831

On August 21, 1831, the county of Southampton in Virginia saw a black slave lead the greatest slave uprising in US history that saw the death of around 65 white slave owners and succeeded in spreading terror throughout the white South. In the aftermath legislators across Southern USA passed new…

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Veerapandiya Kattabomman – The Tiger of the Indian Resistance – Part 2 History & Culture 

Veerapandiya Kattabomman – The Tiger of the Indian Resistance – Part 2

In Part 1 of our tale, we discussed and became familiar with the political climate in Tamilnadu that led to British rule. From the Betrayal of Queen Meenkashi of the Madurai Naicker Dynasty by Chanda Sahib, to the takeover of Madurai and its 72 palayams or principalities by the Nawab of…

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Veerapandiya Kattabomman – The Tiger of the Indian Resistance – Part 1 History & Culture 

Veerapandiya Kattabomman – The Tiger of the Indian Resistance – Part 1

The famed Vijayanagara Empire had controlled most of Tamilnadu – aside from the British settlement in Madras – until around 1646. They fell for a host of reasons, not the least of which was their crippling defeat to the Deccan Sultanate around 80 years before. When the empire fell, their…

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Remembering Rani Veeramangai Velu Nachiyar History & Culture 

Remembering Rani Veeramangai Velu Nachiyar

Rani Veeramangai Velu Nachiyar was the queen of the Tamil kingdom of Shivagangai – today found in the Madurai Division of Tamil Nadu – from 1769 to 1790 CE, barring an 8-year gap from 1772 to 1780. The Rani is one of the few rulers of princely states to have…

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