History Mystery

Franklin: The U.S. State That Never Was

In 1784, less than a decade after the signing of the Declaration of Independence and only a short few years after the conclusion of the Revolutionary War, the U.S. state of Franklin declared its own independence. (1)(2) Rather than simple independence from the United States government, which was in its infant stage at this time […]

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Four of the Most Fascinating Criminals in History

From infamous gangsters like Al Capone, to notorious pirates like Edward “Blackbeard” Teach, there is something darkly fascinating about those criminally enterprising individuals who managed to make careers as outlaws and scoundrels. In this article, we’ll look at some of history’s most interesting criminals and their unique and dastardly legacies. 1. Black Bart Few character […]

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Biography History Pirates

Who Was Benjamin Hornigold? The Pirate Who Became a Feared Pirate Hunter

Benjamin Hornigold may not be a household name, but for history buffs and pirate enthusiasts, Hornigold remains one of the biggest names in piracy. Active during the so-called “Golden Age of Piracy,” Hornigold is best known for his roles as a captain to some of the most infamous pirates in history, and as one of […]

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Samuel “Black Sam” Bellamy: The Richest Pirate in History

The “Prince of Pirates,” the “Robin Hood of the Sea,” “Black Bellamy;” Samuel Bellamy’s short career as a pirate captain was dramatic enough to earn him such epithets as these. Forbes Magazine, of all places, has named “Black Sam” as history’s wealthiest pirate. This is shocking considering the fact that Bellamy’s entire career as a […]

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Four of the Most Interesting Pirates in History

There’s something about the seafaring life of the pirate which elevates them from simple criminal to roguish antihero in our collective memories. While real pirate’s could be anything from petty thieves with outsized criminal ambitions to former royal navy men with a chip on their shoulder, the common thread between them is a life of […]

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Artifact History Mystery

Ancient Treasure from the Dead Sea Scrolls: What is the Copper Scroll?

From the hidden treasure trove of the pirate Samuel Bellamy to the misplaced remains of the bizarre and mysterious Pedro Mountain Mummy, lost artifacts and treasures are scattered throughout history and sought after by fortune-hunters and historians alike. Amongst all of history’s most intriguing unsolved mysteries, few can hold a candle to that of the […]

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