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10 Facts About the Berlin Wall


The German Democratic Republic of East Germany began erecting the Berlin Wall on August 13, 1961. The purpose of the wall was to separate East Berlin from West Berlin and prevented citizens from defecting to West Germany. 1.  Other Names for the Berlin Wall The Berlin Wall is known by many names: Anti-Fascist Protection Rampart […]

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10 Facts About the Declaration of Independence

Declaration of Independence

On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress signed the Declaration of Independence, declaring the 13 American colonies as independent from Britain. The colonies, which were already at war with Britain, formed a union that became the United States of America. 1.  The Idea of Independence Takes Place Richard Henry Lee, the Virginia delegate to the […]

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10 Intriguing Facts About The Medici

The Medici Family Bronzino Atelier

The Medici family was a powerful Italian family that was involved in politics, money and much more.  The Medici was called “The Godfathers of the Renaissance”. They supported artists, ruled cities and were thought to be one of the wealthiest families in Europe during the 14th century.  The family had humble beginnings and went on […]

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10 Facts About Jamestown Settlement

Massacre of Jamestown, 1622

Jamestown Settlement was colonized by English settlers on May 14, 1607, becoming the first permanent American settlement. Jamestown, Virginia was settled 13 years prior to Massachusetts, Plymouth Plantation. 1.  Four Ships Set Sail In December of 1606, Admiral Christopher Newport, in charge of the four ships the Susan Constant, Sarah, Godspeed and Discovery set sail […]

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10 Facts About Pilgrims of Plymouth


The Pilgrims left England to escape religious oppression, arrest and persecution. They landed in the New World in December of 1620, establishing established a settlement. They named it New Plymouth after the last port they left behind in England. 1.  Historical Background The Puritans, later known as the Pilgrims, were disheartened with the Church of […]

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10 Facts About Zebras

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Three species of zebra make their home in Africa, Grevy’s zebra (Equus grevyi), mountain zebra (Equus zebra) and the plains zebra (Equus burchelli). All three species of zebra feature stripes but differ in other physical characteristics and behaviors. 1.  Classification Below are the scientific classifications of zebras: Kingdom – Animalia Phylum – Chordata Subphylum – […]

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