Bone up on this true history
Sorry to let you down, but there’s probably some false knowledge in your head right now. History books are rife with facts that have since been proven otherwise or they were cleaned up during more conservative periods of time in order to protect the minds of young people. Some historical accounts were even created just to entertain future generations. These historical myths have got to stop.
Here’s your primer for setting the record straight.
Not Just the South
American slavery wasn’t confined to the Confederate states. All of the 13 colonies used slave labor. In 1703, almost half of households in New York City owned slaves. Slavery was outlawed in New York in 1827, but many of them were still held as “apprentices.”
The Height of Napoleon
It’s been said that Napoleon Bonaparte was quite short. People with a “Napoleon complex” are believed to be people of small stature who overcompensate by being excessively agressive.
Once you factor the conversion of French units of measurements to modern American ones, he stood about 5’7″, about the height of average-sized men of the era. His soldiers were typically a bit taller than him, however.
Ferdinand Magellan did accomplish a lot, but he did not circumnavigate the Earth. He set out from Spain with five ships looking for a way to get to the Spice Islands. He did find the Strait of Magellan and made it through to the Pacific Ocean.
Three years after setting sail, 18 men of the original 270-person crew returned on one ship. Magellan was killed in battle along the way.