Coronation of Charlemagne in Vatican Museum, Rome, Italy. The Renaissance painting in one of the Raphael's rooms. Charlemagne in the fresco of the 16th century.
American History

The Great Spanish Conquistadors

April 29, 2019

In the decades after Columbus discovered America, a number of explorers began looting the continent, bringing with them violence and disease. Explore this age of the Spanish conquistadors. […]

Mosaic Columbus Discovering America, Date: 26 September 2009, Source: Conrad schmitt studios
American History

Trade, Discovery, and the ‘New World’ of 1492

April 29, 2019

In the 15th century, Western Europeans were determined to seize their own opportunities of procuring wealth in the East. In order to achieve their goals, they decided to create a new set of rules.
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Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde National Park
American History

Explore the World and America before Columbus

April 29, 2019

America in 1492 was not a new world. Find out who lived here before the Europeans headed west in the 15th century, and what the rest of the world looked like before Christopher Columbus.
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Document text "We the People" of the preamble to the United States constitution with american flag in background
American History

Five Key Themes of the American Identity

April 29, 2019

American history is filled with turbulence, yet amid all the changes over the years, a few key themes have remained constant. Explore these themes that define the American identity.
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Panda bear at the National Zoo in Washington D.C.
American History

A Walk through the Smithsonian’s National Zoo

March 23, 2019

The National Zoo is home to an astounding 1,800 animals representing 300 species. Here’s what makes it not only a fun place to visit but an important part of research and conservation work in the United States and around the world. […]

Exterior of the National Cathedral in D.C.
American History

Exploring the National Cathedral with Its Chief Stone Mason

March 23, 2019

Washington’s National Cathedral is the second, largest church building in the United States. We talked with the cathedral’s chief stone mason, Joseph Alonso, about the building’s history—and efforts to recover from a 2011 earthquake. […]

Georgetown Old Stone House Washington D.C.
American History

A Tour of D.C.’s Must-See Historic Homes

March 23, 2019

History has been made in many of Washington, D.C.’s homes, both its grand mansions and its humble houses. You can learn a lot about D.C. history by stepping away from the federal buildings and grand memorials to visit some of its most historic—and glamorous—everyday homes. […]

yo yo ma performs on the cello at the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in 2008
American History

Yo-Yo Ma on the Kennedy Center as the Nation’s Platform for the Arts

March 23, 2019

Yo-Yo Ma, one of the world’s greatest living musicians, has maintained a relationship with the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and was appointed as an Artistic Advisor at Large. He managed to make some time to talk to us about the Kennedy Center and its importance in the arts. […]

Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C (Image: Highsmith, Carol M, photographer. U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C. [Between 1980 and 2006] Photograph/Library of Congress)
American History

Why Should You Visit the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum?

March 23, 2019

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. is a place not just for the victims and survivors of the Holocaust, but also a place for all people. How does this powerful, sobering testament to man’s inhumanity to man help us consider our responsibilities in protecting the rights of all humankind? […]

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