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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 California Gold Rush Redefined the Old West

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

French Knight Gilles de Rais Inspired the Folktale “Bluebeard”

A veteran of the Hundred Years' War, he earned a chilling legacy later in life.

The Obscure Origins of Halloween

Discover the rich history behind this spooky holiday.

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell Has Died at Age 84

He was the first Black man to hold the position, amid a long and impactful career as a soldier and statesman.

Alaska Day and the History Behind the 49th State

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

What Happened to the Lost Colony of Roanoke?

Dive into one of history's greatest mysteries. 

Simon the Cat Won a Dickin Medal for His Royal Navy Service

This four-legged friend prowled the decks of the HMS Amethyst, where he was present for the Yangtze Incident.

The Controversial History of America's Company Towns

Are they really as utopian as their proponents claim?

8 Intriguing Facts About the Mona Lisa

Learn more about the history of the enigmatic portrait.

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 Daring Voyage of the James Caird

Discover one of the greatest polar rescue missions ever completed.

5 Royal Scandals Throughout History

These faux pas tarnished several family names.

Before Peter Rabbit, Beatrix Potter Wanted to Study Mushrooms

The beloved children's author was deterred from a career as a mycologist.

10 Royal Women Who Also Made History as Writers

These 10 accomplished women led countries, wrote poetry, chronicled history, and made their own.

The First Battle of the Marne Reset Expectations for World War I

The Allies went from a panicked retreat to a surprising triumph.

A British Woman Was Convicted Under a Witchcraft Law During WWII

Helen Duncan claimed she had learned classified military information through her psychic powers.

Joan of England Was an Early Victim of the Black Death

Not yet familiar with the plague, her entourage underestimated its severity.