Introduction to New Spain and the Atlantic World

New Spain

Hernan Cortés, a rogue conquistador out to prove his mettle with no authorization from the Spanish crown or any of the governors in their Caribbean holdings, landed with his crew at what is now Veracruz, Mexico in 1519. Greeted at the coast by scouts and emissaries sent by Montezuma II, the Aztec emperor at the …

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Scuba Diving History: A Deep Dive into the Depths

History of Scuba Diving

The name Jacques-Yves Cousteau is synonymous with scuba diving’s history, and you are forgiven if you’re under the impression that the story started with him.  In 1942, Jacques, along with Emile Gagnan, redesigned a car regulator to function as a demand valve, and a device that provided divers with a supply of compressed air delivered …

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The History of Salt in Ancient Civilizations

The History of Salt in Ancient Civilizations 3

Life itself depends on salt, and people in early civilizations went to great lengths to acquire it. It was, and still is, used to preserve and season food, and it is important in medicine as well as religious ceremonies, all of which have made it a valuable trade commodity. Some early cultures even used it …

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The History of Boracay Island in The Philippines

The History of Boracay Island in The Philippines 4

Standing on Boracay’s White Beach in the early 1970s you’d have experienced the same fine white sand and views out to sea as you do today. What’s so different now is the vibrant world that inhabits the space behind the beach. For centuries Boracay was virtually a secret. A hidden gem set into the Western …

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