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On This Day in History, September 10

In 1570, Jesuit missionaries loyal to Spain landed in Virginia, seeking to convert the American Indians in the region. The missionaries specifically landed somewhere on the Virginia Peninsula, bounded by the York and James Rivers, along with Hampton Roads and Chesapeake Bay. Known as the Ajacán Mission, it would fail a year later when nearly…

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On This Day in History, September 7

In 1652, about 15,000 Chinese peasants in Taiwan revolted against Dutch rule. Led by sugarcane farmer Guo Huaiyi, the force of revolting peasants stormed a Dutch fort, primarily armed with bamboo weapons. Their issues with Dutch rule came from a head tax levied onto solely Chinese farmers, and not the aboriginal Taiwanese, along with corruption…

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On This Day in History, August 31

In 1864, Union forces under the command of General Sherman begin the Battle of Jonesborough, the final fight in the Atlanta Campaign. With this victory, Union forces would finally seize the city while the Confederate defenders fled west. Atlanta would be occupied until after the presidential election that year, in which this victory would play…

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On This Day in History, August 30

In 1799, a British fleet accepted the surrender of a Bavarian fleet during the Anglo-Russian invasion of Holland as part of the War of the Second Coalition, one of a series of conflicts sparked by the French Revolution. The surrender of these ships occurred following a mutiny, sparked by sailors aboard a few ships noticing…

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On This Day in History, August 29

In 1756, Frederick the Great, King of Prussia, invaded Saxony as a preemptive strike against the growing alliance led by his nation’s foes, France and Austria. This invasion would spark the Seven Years’ War in Europe, a war that was also fought in other parts of the globe. Prussia was allied with Britain, and together…

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On This Day in History, August 27

In 1776, British General William Howe inflicted a serious defeat upon Washington’s Continental Army at the Battle of Long Island, also called the Battle of Brooklyn. The British began by attacking fortifications along the Heights of Guan at points that are in the modern day Flatbush and Jamaica sections of Brooklyn and Queens. A flanking…

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On This Day in History, August 26

In 1071, the Byzantine Empire suffered a critical defeat at the hands of the Seljuk Turks at the Battle of Manzikert. The Byzantine emperor, Romanos IV, was captured and held for a week, undermining his rule and further weakening Byzantine rule over Anatolia, which is now the nation of Turkey. While another four hundred years…

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On This Day in History, August 25

In 1270, Louis IX, King of France and later called Saint Louis, died in Tunis from dysentery during the Eighth Crusade. Considered a just and moderate king, Louis’ reign in France was considered their medieval golden age. He reformed law at home, including the introduction of the presumption of innocence. Louis IX also faced conflict…

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On This Day in History, August 24

In 1857, the Oho Life Insurance and Trust Company experienced failure due to fraudulent activities committed by its management, bringing down both its New York office and its establishment in Ohio. Alongside the bursting of a railroad stock bubble, this incident led to the Panic of 1857, which with the increased interconnected nature of global…

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