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Teutonic Knights Defeated at Battle of Grunwald

The Teutonic Order, a German military religious order founded during the 3rd Crusade, sought to expand Christendom through missions and conquest, building numerous towns which it then governed. Though Poland and Lithuania had become Christian states, the Teutonic Knights invaded. After the Order's defeat by the Poles and Lithuanians at the Battle of Grunwald, its strength waned, and it survives today as a charitable clerical organization. What role did the Knights Templar play in this battle?



Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is the capital of Argentina and its largest city and port. Located on the southern shore of the Río de la Plata, on the southeastern coast of South America, it is the most heavily industrialized city of Argentina. It is a major food-processing center with huge meatpacking plants. It was first settled in the 16th century and was subordinate to the Spanish Viceroy of Peru. The criollo citizens of Buenos Aires successfully ousted the Spanish Viceroy in what year?

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Rembrandt van Rijn

Rembrandt is considered one of the greatest painters in European history and the most important master of the Dutch school. Rembrandt's universal appeal rests upon his art's profound humanity. His masterful handling of light has been recognized even when his critics have considered his subject matter vulgar and indecorous. A fecund artist, he produced over 600 paintings, about 300 etchings, and nearly 2,000 drawings. How many self-portraits did Rembrandt produce?

Last updated on Sunday, 15th July 2007

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