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  • Two Hundred Persian Ships
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    The Persian Wars In the 5th century BC the vast Persian Empire attempted to conquer Greece. If the Persians had succeeded, they would have set up local tyrants, called satraps, to rule Greece and would have crushed the first stirrings of democracy in Europe. The survival of Greek culture and political ideals depended on the ability of the small, disunited Greek city-states to band together and defend themselves against Persia's overwhelming strength. The struggle, known in Western history as the...
  • John Cabot
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    John Cabot, an Italian mariner, was born in Genoa, Italy around the year 1450. He worked as a trader in what is now called the Middle East. He moved to England in 1484 with his three sons, Ludovico, Sebastian, and Santo and gained experience as a seaman. On his commercial journeys, which took him to the shores of Arabia, he heard of the countries rich in spices that lay to the Far East and wanted to find a better route to the Orient. John Cabot set out to get patents from the monarchs of Spain a...
  • Three Years At Home With His Family
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    Gulliver's Travels Part One The first part of this novel, which consists of chapters 1-8, is very interesting and should keep the readers attention. It starts off telling of young Gulliver's childhood. It mentions three years at college, and his dreams of being a sailor. After his brief time at school he become an apprentice to Mr. James Bates. After explaining the early years of Gulliver's life the author begins to tell about a few of Gulliver's voyages at sea. Eventually returning home, Gulliv...
  • Two Torpedoes And The Ship
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    Lusitania It was 2: 10 p.m. on May 7, 1915. Leslie Morton, a lookout on the Lusitania, screamed, 'Torpedoes coming on the starboard side. ' Two explosions followed. Within 18 minutes the huge liner, once the largest ever built, sank to the bottom of the Celtic Sea. 1,195 out of the 1,959 people aboard died. WaltherSchwieger, commander of the German submarine U- 20, who had fired a single torpedo 750 yards away from the ship, later called it the most horrible sight he had ever seen. The Lusitania...
  • Suicides Of Officers Aboard The Sinking Ship
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    One of the greatest news headlines of all times was actually never supposed to happen. The shocking news of the sunken ocean liner the Titanic shocked millions. The sinking itself probably wouldn't have even mattered except that the builders themselves said that the ship simply could not sink. The news not only hit the United States, but countries everywhere were saddened to hear the news of "The Unsinkable" and its grave end. In 1907 a man named J. Bruce Ismay, who was the manager of White Star...
  • Royal Mail Ship Titanic
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    "RMS TITANIC: END OF AN ERA" Titanic still captures our imaginations after 85 years because her story is like a great novel that really happened. The story couldn't have been written better... the juxtaposition of rich and poor, the gender roles played out unto death (women first), the stoicism and nobility of a bygone age, the magnificence of the great ship matched in scale only by the folly of the men who drove her hell bent throughout the darkness. And above all the lesson: that life is uncer...
  • Day For Three Months
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    We left England to avoid debt and for a change to have a better life. The last day we saw England was March 22, 1735. We were going to a colony in America called Georgia. When my family and I boarded the ship we were afraid of what might happen on the ship. We have heard many stories about ships disappearing and ghosts wandering the sea. When we left we knew that it was our last day to see England and maybe our last day to see land. We preyed for a safe voyage and clear skies. Our ship was made ...

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