Category Archives: Historical Myths

Historical Myths Part 4/∞: The Boston Tea Party Was a Protest Against High Taxes

The story goes something like this: In the mid 18th century, the British Empire abused its power over its American colonies and saddled the colonists with heavy taxes. After the taxes on tea were again increased in 1773, the colonists … Continue reading

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Historical Myths Part 3/∞: The Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 Ended Slavery in the US

If you went to an American city and asked random people on the street about what ended the institution of slavery in the United States, my guess is that the most frequent answer would be the Emancipation Proclamation. While Lincoln’s … Continue reading

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Historical Myths Part 2/∞: Christianity Kept Europe in the Dark Ages

Chances are you’ve probably seen something like this before: The argument goes something like this: Christianity is anti-science since it places blind faith over reason (Exhibit A: the Galileo affair) and the Medieval Catholic Church suppressed scientists out of fear … Continue reading

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Historical Myths Part 1/∞: Columbus Proved that the Earth Is Round

The story goes something like this: Back in the Middle Ages, people in Europe were stupid and ignorant, so they believed the world to be flat. Then along came the great Italian visionary Christopher Columbus who realised that the Earth … Continue reading

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