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History

Travel to the past with the best history stories, from Ancient Rome to World War II. The Archive has the history stories you crave, from military sagas to exploring the New World.

The Romance and the Reality of the Pony Express

Before the USPS, mail was transported on horseback.

The "Madness" of King George III

Britain's longest-reigning male monarch suffered from recurrent bouts of a mysterious illness.

San Pedro Claver: The Slave of the Slaves?

This Jesuit priest is the patron saint of enslaved people, but his legacy is complicated.

Why Cats Were the Perfect Companions in the Trenches of WWI

Throughout the trench systems that ran along the Western Front, there were an estimated 500,000 cats—here’s why.

Is Blackbeard’s Treasure Real?

300 years later, his infamous treasure is still lost.

Alice Rufie Jordan Blake Was Yale's First Female Graduate

She wanted to attend law school, despite the barriers.

The Battle of Khe Sanh: 77 Days of Combat in Vietnam

The Battle of Khe Sanh was one of the longest and most controversial battles of the Vietnam War. 

The Long and Tangled History Behind 5 Looted Historical Artifacts

Many of them have yet to be returned to their countries of origin.

The Most Successful Submarine Commander Ever Was Captured by the Japanese

The only thing that could stop RADM Richard O’Kane was his own faulty torpedo.

The Insidious Aims of the Nazis' Operation Bernhard

They had a secret plan to forge British bank notes.

15 Little-Known Women's History Month Facts

In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re celebrating those who made great strides in the name of equality.

The 4 Most Revolutionary Types of Armor Throughout History

These inventive methods of protection may surprise you.