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Caribbean history – South America

By |2018-04-08T21:33:38+00:00September 8th, 2017|History, South America|

Arawak or Carib woman swimming with her kids ca. 1580 AD Arawak people had conquered the Caribbean islands about 300 BC. Then about 1200 AD, Carib people started trying to conquer the Arawak. In the middle of this process, with some islands Carib and others still Arawak, the first European invaders showed up to conquer them all. When Christopher [...]

Austria-Hungary in the 1600s

By |2018-04-08T11:14:18+00:00August 5th, 2017|History, Modern Europe|

Ferdinand (1556) Charles V made his brother Ferdinand the ruler of Austria-Hungary in 1556 AD. But when Ferdinand died in 1564, he divided Austria-Hungary among his three sons. Each of those three little countries was pretty weak, and they were always fighting each other. So during the years when Elizabeth was making England into a strong [...]

Austria-Hungary – Charles V to Ferdinand

By |2018-09-17T08:34:22+00:00August 5th, 2017|History, Modern Europe|

Joanna of Castile, daughter of Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain - the mother of Charles V Maximilian I and the Hapsburgs Maximilian I of the powerful Hapsburg family decided not to bother with the Pope's approval to be Holy Roman Emperor in 1508 AD. He thought the Hapsburgs were powerful enough to stand on their own. [...]

The Reconquista – Medieval Spain

By |2018-04-12T00:08:05+00:00August 3rd, 2017|History, Medieval|

Roland blows his horn for help and tries to break his sword on a rock (Chartres Cathedral) As soon as the Moors had conquered Spain in 711 AD, the descendants of the Visigoths and the Romans joined forces to try to get the Moors out of Spain again. These Spanish people gradually conquered more and more of Spain, beginning [...]