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Hernando Cortes

Hernando Cortes

Apr 23, 2013

(1485-1547) Among the millions that from age to age are born into this world there arise in every generation one or two pre-eminent men and women who are objects of the wonder and the envy, the admiration and the hatred of their contemporaries, and whose names, after their deaths, stand out as landmarks by which we shape a course across the dark and doubtful...

Columbus Announces His Discovery

Columbus Announces His Discovery

Nov 15, 2012

The Letter of Columbus to Luis De Sant Angel Announcing His Discovery (1493) As I know you will be rejoiced at the glorious success that our Lord has given me in my voyage, I write this to tell you how in thirty-three days I sailed to the Indies with the fleet that the illustrious King and Queen, our Sovereigns, gave me, where I discovered a great many islands,...

Marco Polo

Marco Polo

Nov 6, 2012

LIVED FROM 1254-1324 Some years before St. Louis led his last Crusade there was born in Venice a boy named Marco Polo. His father was a wealthy merchant who often went on trading journeys to distant lands. In 1271, when Marco was seventeen years old, he accompanied his father and uncle on a journey through the Holy Land, Persia and Tartary, and at length to the...

Columbus Arrives in the New World

Columbus Arrives in the New World

Oct 8, 2012

Thursday, October 11th, was destined to be for ever memorable in the history of the world. It began ordinarily enough, with a west-south-west wind blowing fresh, and on a sea rather rougher than they had had lately. The people on the Santa Maria saw some petrels and a green branch in the water; the Pinta saw a reed and two small sticks carved with iron, and one...

Neil Armstrong One Small Step for Man

Neil Armstrong One Small Step for Man

Sep 19, 2012

Below is the text from Neil Armstrong’s descent to the surface of the moon on 20 July 1969: Listen to the audio: Neil Armstrong steps onto the surface of the moon Neil Armstrong:I’m at the foot of the ladder. The LM footpads are only depressed in the surface about 1 or 2 inches, although the surface appears to be very, very fine grained, as you get...

Amelia Earhart – A Woman’s Place in Science

Amelia Earhart – A Woman’s Place in Science

Sep 18, 2012

In 1935, Amelia Earhart delivered the following address as part of a radio broadcast on a woman’s place in science. Listen to the broadcast: Amelia Earhart – A Woman’s Place in Science “This modern world of science and invention is of particular interest to women, for the lives of women have been more affected by its new horizons than those of...