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Prejudice Behind the Beauty              Maps are cultural, historical, and political texts. They show not only geographic characteristics and details, but they also reveal information about the state of the world at the time in which…

The Map of Spain and Portugal                 When you look at the map of Spain and Portugal for the first time, you can see the effort that the cartographer put into each aspect. The map contains many details that the cartographer drew…

Letter of the Respected Spanish Admiral In August 1898, Admiral Pascual Cervera wrote a brief letter to Lieutenant Commander Moore that said exactly: “(Lieutenant) Commander Moore, Este … no te conoce, ni …  tu paradero. Very respectfully,…

The Cigarette Label of Jefferson DavisAlthough they are simply pieces of paper, cigarette labels represent broader concepts and reflect the culture and the general values of a population.  It is important to analyze how the labels have changed…

Portrait of Simón BolívarThis portrait depicts Simón Bolívar, leader of the movement for independence of Spanish American colonies. Little is known about this antique portrait, and many aspects remain a mystery. It was painted during the lifetime…

A Controversial Map in the New World             Herman Moll was born in Holland in 1654 but lived in England for the rest of his life until he died in 1732. He moved to London in 1678 and opened his own map shop in 1689. He spent most of his…

The Content and Implications of the Pan-American Trip to Virginia                    This photograph is from a Pan-American trip to Virginia that occurred in 1925. The Richmond Times-Dispatch originally published it on the first page as…

After nearly two decades of legal challenges against racial segregation in public schools and higher education, on May 17, 1954, the United States Supreme Court ruled in court case Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka that school segregation was…

After nearly two decades of legal challenges against racial segregation in public schools and higher education, on May 17, 1954, the United States Supreme Court ruled in court case Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka that school segregation was…

After nearly two decades of legal challenges against racial segregation in public schools and higher education, on May 17, 1954, the United States Supreme Court ruled in court case Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka that school segregation was…
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