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Jamaica's Maroon Wars

 Jamaica's Maroon Wars

Maroons are Africans and people of African ancestry who escaped enslavement and established communities in the Caribbean and parts of the Americas. In the 17th and 18th centuries, Jamaica's Maroon communities clashed with British colonial government. See more »

The Hagley Woods Murder

 The Hagley Woods Murder

In 1943, a skeleton was found in a tree near Birmingham, England, launching a murder investigation which has never been conclusively solved. See more »

The Cod Wars

 The Cod Wars

A fishing territory dispute between Iceland and the U.K. started off with a cordial tone, but escalated into a serious conflict. See more »

Thomas Day’s Quest for the Perfect Wife

 Thomas Day’s Quest for the Perfect Wife

Thomas Day decided that the only way to have a perfect wife was to create one. So he adopted two orphans and attempted to train them. See more »

Knitting's Early History

 Knitting's Early History

Because of its functionality in providing needed clothing for humans, knitting has been around for a long time. Exactly how long isn’t entirely clear, but we do know a good bit about how knitting has traveled with us humans through time. See more »

Sophia Duleep Singh, Part 2: Suffragette Princess

 Sophia Duleep Singh, Part 2: Suffragette Princess

Sophia Duleep Singh's education was focused on turning her into a proper lady, in line with her status as a princess. But she also became deeply involved in the Women's Social and Political Union, a radical arm of the women's suffrage movement in Britain. See more »

Sophia Duleep Singh, Part 1: Princess In Exile

 Sophia Duleep Singh, Part 1: Princess In Exile

A princess of the Sikh empire, Sophia Duleep Singh grew up in Great Britain, and was Queen Victoria's god daughter. But her childhood was not exactly a charmed one, and her family, caught between two worlds, experienced great upheaval and tragedy. See more »

The Unsinkable Violet Jessop

 The Unsinkable Violet Jessop

We love to talk about shipwrecks, but Violet Jessop was a shipwreck survivor -- several times over. She traveled the world aboard some of the most famous ocean liners of all time. See more »

The Battle of Guilford Courthouse

 The Battle of Guilford Courthouse

In fall of 1778, British forces shifted their efforts in the American Revolutionary War to the southern states. Major General Nathaniel Greene and his troops went up against Charles Cornwallis in a battle that was won on a technicality. See more »

Mary Ann Cotton

 Mary Ann Cotton

In the mid-1800s, Mary Ann Cotton is believed to have poisoned as many as 21 people with arsenic, many of them her own children. She left a trail of bodies behind her everywhere she went, but it was her cavalier remarks that finally drew suspicion. See more »