The Real Pocahontas Behind Disney's Myth

Pop culture depictions have romanticized this historical figure.

The California Gold Rush Redefined the Old West

The hunt for riches brought 300,000 settlers to the territory.

Alaska Day and the History Behind the 49th State

When and how did this far-flung territory become part of the United States?

Witold Pilecki and the Secret Polish Army Led Resistance in Poland During WWII

This war hero infiltrated Auschwitz as a spy for the resistance.

Demystifying the “Indian Wars”, a Complex Series of Conflicts

The fighting spanned dozens of adversaries and hundreds of years.

The Affair of the Diamond Necklace Contributed To Marie Antoinette's Downfall

The scam caused the French queen's reputation to further deteriorate.

Yasuke, the African Samurai

A mysterious dark-skinned warrior rose to prominence in 16th-century Japan.

The Cultural Impact of Volcanic Eruptions Throughout History

These natural disasters have had a surprising influence on art, music, and literature.

How Hawaii Became a State

The history of Hawaii stretches back much further than its 1959 admittance to the U.S.

How the Assassination of Franz Ferdinand Sparked World War I

The Archduke was murdered by a Yugoslav nationalist, setting off an explosive chain of events.

The Sack of Rome Signaled the End of the High Renaissance...

... and a permanent split between Catholicism and budding Protestant religions.

A Mistranslated Peace Treaty Led to the Brutal First Italo-Ethiopian War

What started out as a miscommunication escalated to full-scale conflict.

President Harry Truman's Exemplary WWI Record

The 33rd president had an admirable military career.

The Dust Bowl: How Ecological and Agricultural Change Worsened the Great Depression

Severe dust storms plagued the Great Plains region during the 1930s.

Enter the Georgian Era

Discover the figures, culture, and technology that made the Georgian Era a vibrant time of change for an empire.

Viking Myths: Separating Fact from Fiction

Enduring misconceptions obscure what the seafaring Norse people were really like.

The Strange Connection Between the Nuclear Bomb, Bikinis, and Godzilla

Real devastation, fictional monsters, and a swimsuit all collided in the Pacific Ocean.

The Mapuche People's Centuries-Long Resistance Against the Spanish

This indigenous tribe refused to succumb to imperialist rule.

Historical and Cultural Marvels Abounded in the Americas’ Pre-Columbian Cites

Long before Columbus sailed the ocean blue, indigenous American cultures created jaw-dropping cityscapes.