Author: TheKnowOwl

Vintage hand-colored map of Connecticut from 1857

This beautiful hand drawn map of Connecticut was created in 1857 by Laura Roys, a student who attended Hartford Female Seminary, an all-female academy in Hartford, Connecticut. The map is beautifully colored, with shades of blue, orange, red, pink, yellow, and violet adorning the border of each city and town.

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How a 14th Century Warlord Gained Courage from an Ant

Timur, the last great nomadic conqueror of the Eurasian Steppe, was a warlord who envisioned the restoration of Genghis Khan’s Mongol Empire. Timur’s army was feared throughout Asia, Africa, and Europe, but his extraordinary perseverance, displayed during fifty years of continuous battles, was imparted by an ant.

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