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10 Fascinating historical facts

BY Joshua Joda

8th Sep 2023 Life

5 min read

10 Fascinating historical facts
These are a few intriguing historical facts
History is awash with intriguing tales of heroism, betrayal, unexpected outcomes and downright odd situations, some of which you'll never see coming. So we thought we'd touch on just a few interesting facts to make you think 

The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China is actually not a single continuous wall, but a series of walls and fortifications built by different dynasties over centuries. It was constructed to protect China from invasions and spans over 13,000 miles.

The Library of Alexandria

The Library of Alexandria in ancient Egypt supposedly contained a vast amount of knowledge and information which is now lost to history, with the common belief being because of a fire spreading to the library. It is believed to have been a center of scholarship and contained a significant portion of knowledge with writings and texts from great thinkers and philosophers from antiquity. 

The Black Death

The Plague or 'Black Death was the most fatal recorded pandemic in human history caused by the bubonic plague in the 14th century, spread around by rats and fleas. It wiped out an estimated 75-200 million people in Eurasia and a staggering estimated 30 - 50 per cent of the population of Europe. This event had profound social, economic, and demographic impacts.

The Industrial Revolution

The Industrial Revolution, which began in the late 18th century, marked a shift from agrarian and handcraft-based economies to mechanised and industrialised societies. It led to significant advancements in technology, urbanisation, and social changes that effectively laid the foundations for the modern world as we know it today.

The Haitian Revolution

The Haitian Revolution (1791-1804) was the only successful slave revolt in history, resulting in the establishment of the Republic of Haiti. Enslaved Africans overthrew French colonial rule, making Haiti the first independent nation in Latin America.

Queen Cleopatra

Possibly contrary to popular belief and despite being the last queen of Egypt, the iconic Cleopatra wasn't actually Egyptian. She's theorised by historians to have been Greek and a direct descendant of ancient Macedonian general Ptolemy.

The Moon Landing

On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 became the first spacecraft to land humans on the moon. Astronaut Neil Armstrong was the first human to step foot on a foreign body outside of Earth.

Ancient Greek Democracy

The city-state of Athens in ancient Greece is often credited with creating one of the earliest forms of democracy. Citizens participated in decision-making and governance through direct voting, setting a precedent for the democratic systems of today.
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Ancient Roman gladiators

There are documented accounts of female gladiators in Ancient Rome. A female gladiator was called a gladiatrix (plural gladiatrices). However they were extremely rare and didn't fight to the same extent like their male counterparts.

Revolutionary quotes

Marie-Antoinette is famously attributed to have said "Let them eat cake" in response to being asked about what the destitute French population should eat during the French revolution. However there isn't solid evidence to prove that the monarch said this and specifically, Jean-Jacques Rousseau coined the phrase "qu-ils mangent de la brioche" in 1765, which interestingly translates to "let them each brioche", as opposed to cake.
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