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Robinson Crusoe Is Published

Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe is a fictional autobiography of an English castaway who spends 28 years on a remote island, encountering savages, captives, and mutineers before being rescued. The first volume was published in 1719 and is considered by some critics to be the first true novel in English. What is the novel's full title?



Tiffany & Co.

Tiffany & Co. is a jewelry and silverware company. It was founded in New York City in 1837 and, today, has stores in major cities all over the world. The corporation has an agreement with the Tahera Diamond Corporation to buy or market the entire production of Canada's Jericho Diamond Mine. The Tiffany flagship store on New York's Fifth Avenue at 57th Street is a popular tourist attraction, largely as a result of what 1961 movie?

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Oliver Cromwell

Cromwell was the Puritan leader of the Parliamentary side in the English Civil War. He raised cavalry forces (later called ‘Ironsides') and organized the New Model Army, which he led to victory in 1645. He declared Britain a republic in 1649, following the execution of Charles I. As Lord Protector from 1653, Cromwell established religious toleration and raised Britain's prestige in Europe. Cromwell is a highly controversial figure in English history; how do various historians represent him?

Last updated on Wednesday, 25th April 2007

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