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Leif Eriksson – The First European in North America

Leif Eriksson – The First European in North America

– [Narrator] Ask any school child which European first set foot in America, and you’ll probably get this answer, “It was Christopher Columbus in 1492.” But this is not correct. For we now know that another great explorer achieved this historic feat some 500 years earlier. That explorer was a Viking called Leif Eriksson. (majestic …

History Summarized: The Maya, Aztec, and Inca

All righty! Let’s cover the great civilizations of the New World, from the time before the Old World made the New World New by killing most of the New World and reconstructing it to be way more Old World-y. That’s a mouthful. Anyway, three great civilizations: the Inca, the Aztec, and the Maya. The Maya, …

A brief history of cannibalism – Bill Schutt

A brief history of cannibalism – Bill Schutt

15th century Europeans believed they had hit upon a miracle cure: a remedy for epilepsy, hemorrhage, bruising, nausea, and virtually any other medical ailment. This brown powder could be mixed into drinks, made into salves or eaten straight up. It was known as mumia and made by grinding up mummified human flesh. The word “cannibal” …

5 Historical Misconceptions Rundown

5 Historical Misconceptions Rundown

# 5. Vikings What would a Viking be without his trusty battle helmet and its impressive horns? The answer is: a more historically accurate viking. Think, for a moment about wearing headgear like that into battle: the horns are just easy targets for your opponent to hit and knock off your helmet. Or, if you …

How does the International Space Station work?

– [Jared] The International Space Station is the largest manmade structure in space. It was built in pieces and then launched into space and assembled in orbit. In this video, I want to give you a detailed look at the station. We’re gonna look at each module in the order that they were assembled. We’ll …

The Surprising History of Tobacco

The Surprising History of Tobacco

Tobacco: It was thought to be a heal-all, but in reality, a harm-all. The origins of this controversial plant are in the fields of the Americas, and the most common species, Nicotiana Tabacum, originated in Mesoamerica, a region in the central part of the Americas. Tobacco usage started among the people of the Americas, then …