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Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness

Sitting next to the beautiful and mysterious Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle has had many owners and seen many battles. It was a medieval stronghold for over 500 years. The Scots and the English fought over the castle's control during the Wars of Independence and the Lords of the Isles raided the castle well into the …

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A History of Christmas

The birth of Jesus has been celebrated by Christians for centuries during Christmas. However, before the birth of Jesus, people celebrated the winter solstice. Easter was the most important holiday in the Christian calendar until the fourth century when officials decided to mark Jesus’ birthday as a holiday. Pope Julius decided the day should be the …

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Samhain and Halloween

Halloween originated from an ancient Celtic festival called Samhain, where people would wear costumes and light bonfires to scare off evil spirits. In the 18th century, All Saints Day was celebrated on the first of November. Eventually, when the traditions of All Saints Day became intertwined with the Celtic festival, Samhain, a new celebration called, …

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Edinburgh’s Secret Underground Street: Mary King’s Close

Edinburgh’s buildings conceal a hidden street called Mary King’s Close. Underneath the Royal Mile, an underground street remained almost untouched for hundreds of years. A long street with narrow passageways conceals houses from the 17th century. The street was the second largest in Edinburgh and was used as a market. All different social classes lived …

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The Royal African Company and Edward Colston

In the early years of slavery, most enslaved Africans were brought from Dutch traders and sold on as property. In 1619, around 20 Africans were purchased from Dutchmen in Jamestown, Virginia to work in English colonies tobacco fields. The Royal African Company had a monopoly on the west African slave trade. It was originally led …

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