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Dom Joao VI, The damned Prince, King of Contraditions

(This is Gargamelo’s first post with Ptara.)   April 1812, Rio de Janeiro, King’s Palace. 

The Regent and his two sons – meeting with their state secretary and top ministers – have just received the news that Napoleon’s troops have definitely been expelled from Portugal.  That means that there is no longer a valid reason […]

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When was history?

  39-year-old History teacher Josh Hoeska had a great idea.  His sixteen-year-old students were to hold a tournament to find out who was the greatest examples of courage in American “history.”  The two finalists involved events that happened in 2001 and 2005. In other words, their “history” was the Presidency of George Bush Jr.  Most […]

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What if Taft had won in 1912?

I often wonder why the so-called tea party keeps talking about “the past 100 years.” Do they see Woodrow Wilson’s election as the beginning of the downfall of America? Or are they still talking about William Howard Taft’s election, four years earlier? Whatever the case, 1912 was one of America’s most crucial elections. Had an […]

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Andrew Lambert and the War of 1812

If you read British history magazines, you’ve probably read Andrew Lambert.  He’s an academic who writes in a style that flows so well, you don’t notice the footnotes. This is in contrast to the man who Lambert claims is the founder of modern naval history, William James.  James, according to Lambert, didn’t just write stories, […]

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Still celebrating 500 years of Luso-Siamese Friendship

It has been more than 500 years since the first Portuguese ship carrying envoy Duarte Fernandes sailed into Trangque, but the celebrations of the long lasting relationship between Portugal and Thailand continue. The celebrations began a year ahead of time, in 2010 when a Portuguese training ship called the Sagres sailed into port to commemorate the […]

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Madison’s act of belevolence: the Venezuela Earthquake and 200 years of American foreign aid.

“I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.” – James Madison.

How ironic it is, that during his first term in office, Congress spent taxpayer money on uch an act of benevolence.

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