History

Who claimed North America for England?

Italian sailor and explorer John Cabot was born Giovanni Caboto around 1450. In 1497, Cabot traveled by sea to Canada, where he made a claim to land for England, mistaking the North American land for Asia.

What did Abraham Lincoln do before becoming president?

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez isn’t the only politician to get her start behind a bar. The 16th president Abraham Lincoln was a licensed bartender. Lincoln’s liquor license was discovered in 1930 and displayed in a Springfield liquor store. Wayne C. Temple, a Lincoln expert, told the Southeast Missourian newspaper that in 1863 Congress wanted to fire Ulysses S. Grant because he drank a lot and Lincoln’s response was to send Grant a supply of whiskey.

Why was Ramses IV buried with onions in his eyes

Pharaoh Ramses IV of Ancient Egypt had his eyes replaced with small onions when he was mummified. The rings and layers of onions were worshipped because people thought they represented eternal life. This aligns with the reason for mummification: to allow the pharaoh’s body to live forever.

Why does the British Crown own pigeon poop?

In the 18th century, pigeon poop was used to make gunpowder, so King George I confirmed the droppings to be property of the crown.

Why did ancient Egyptians put dead mice in their mouths?

In Ancient Egypt, people put a dead mouse in their mouth if they had a toothache, according to Nathan Belofsky’s book Strange Medicine: A Shocking History of Real Medical Practices Through the Age. Mice were also used as a warts remedy during Elizabethan England.

What was the name of the capital of New Spain?

The Spanish governed New Spain from Mexico City, formerly Tenochtitlan: the conquered capital of the Aztec Empire. It was ruled by a viceroy, governing the various territories on behalf of the King of Spain.

Why does father christmas wear red and white?

Believe it or not, present-day Santa owes his red robe not to an ancient legend or to an early myth but to the Coca Cola Company. A long time ago Father Christmas was shown in clothes of different colours: green, purple, light-blue, navy blue, brown or red.