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All About History No. 67

All About History is the stunningly realised new magazine from the makers of How It Works and All About Space. Featuring beautiful illustrations, photos and graphics depicting everything from ancient civilisations to the Cold War, All About History is accessible and entertaining to all and makes history fun for the whole family.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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What makes a great ruler? This is a conundrum that has taxed intellectual heavyweights from Plato to Machiavelli, Shakespeare to George RR Martin. Nonetheless, this is effectively the question we put to you two months ago, when we asked the public to crown the ultimate monarch in our online poll. Your answers surprised our entire team! We did give you some guidelines: we limited it to just European kings and queens from the Middle Ages onwards. We also focused on deceased rulers, so it couldn’t feature anyone currently reigning. This still gave you over a 1,000 years worth of royals to choose from, including mighty conquerors that amassed vast empires, just rulers who governed fairly, and glorious leaders that inspired legends with their daring acts of do. To find out who won…

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defining moments

VOYAGE OF THE DAMNED Victims of the RMS Lusitania sinking are buried together in a common grave at a cemetery in Cobh, Ireland. The transatlantic liner was torpedoed by a German U-boat during World War I as it sailed into the Irish Sea, heading to Liverpool. 1,198 of its 1,959 passengers drowned – including 129 children. The killing of an unarmed civilian ship, even within a declared war zone, was unprecedented and shocked the world. 1915 REAL-LIFE ROSIE A unidentified woman operates a hand drill on a ‘Vengeance’ dive-bomber at Vultee Aircraft in Tennessee. She was one of millions who joined the wartime workforce after American men shipped out to fight during World War II. The Rosie the Riveter propaganda poster – with its ‘we can do it’ slogan – was created in…

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coming to america

25000 BCE THE FIRST AMERICANS During the last ice age, a large group of hunter-gatherers from North East Asia crossed a land bridge on the Bering Strait and arrived in North America for the first time. 15000 BCE DIVIDE AND CONQUER While one group of early Native Americans stayed in Alaska, another moved south along the Pacific Coast, forming settlements in the modern US as well continuing into Central and South America. 1000 VIKING EXPLORATION Norseman Leif Erikson and his crew travelled up and down the eastern coast before wintering in an area they called Vineland. Later Vikings also established permanent settlements, but they did not last long. 1492 COLUMBUS SAILS THE OCEAN BLUE 3 Number of ships Columbus set sail with on his first voyage from Spain 1 ship sank 5 WEEKS at sea before ships arrived in the Bahamas 90 Number…

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the anatomy of victorian explorer

RIFLED MUSKET ARMED TO THE TEETH A Victorian explorer always came prepared for the worst, so would be fully armed. Henry Stanley packed a shotgun, two carbines, four rifles, eight pistols, 24 flintlock muskets, two swords, two daggers, two axes, 24 hatchets, and 24 long knives. His favourite was Model 1866 Winchester – a .44 rimfire lever-action repeating musket. He said it was great as a defence “against African banditti”. LEATHER WAIST BELT TRAVELLING LIGHT A gentleman explorer might wear a utility belt or light satchel to carry a few essential items . However, he would leave the heavy lifting to his porters. While exploring Central Africa, Stanley employed 157 men to carry two years’ worth of supplies, including food, weapons, medicine, books, his canvas tent and more. BOOTS BEST FOOT FORWARD Explorers did not travel light and…

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a polynesian navigator

For thousands of years, Polynesian navigators employed traditional wayfinder techniques to explore the vast Pacific Ocean. The first Polynesians set sail from South East Asia and over the centuries settled as far and wide as Hawaii, New Zealand, Tahiti, Fiji, Tonga and Easter Island. Relying on their observations of the natural world, they could navigate long voyages without the modern instruments that we trust today. One of their most useful techniques was the star compass, a mental mind map of the location of all the constellations in the sky – knowledge that was passed down from generation to generation. Their navigational skills, as well as their sturdy canoes, amazed European explorers from the 16th Century onwards. TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS The Polynesians needed a steady mode of transport to cross the tricky waters of…

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how to establish a trade route

The engine of exploration was not always simple curiosity, many adventurers were also motivated by a desire for goods that were not available in their own lands. The earliest evidence of long distance trade was between Mesopotamia and the Indus Valley in modern-day Pakistan, with exotic spices transported back and forth via camel train from around 3000 BCE. During the Age of Exploration, European merchants preferred to ship their goods by, er, ships. Read on to discover how they established trade routes and how this led both to the sharing of ideas and bloody warfare. Understand the objective Columbus set sail in search of wealth, seeking lucrative goods that could be piled on to ships and taken to Europe. Find a wealthy patron If you’re not rich enough to fund the fact-finding trip, get some help.…