" Conservative: A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal, who wishes to replace them with others. "
Ambrose Bierce

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Ponce de León Sets Foot on Florida

In March 1513, Ponce de León set out from Puerto Rico, sailing in a northeasterly direction through the Bahamas. He soon sighted the Florida peninsula, which he took to be an island, and in early April, he became the first European to reach Florida. His arrival coincided with the Easter feast, Pascua Florida, which is probably why he named the land he claimed for Spain "La Florida." What is thought to be the source of the claim that Ponce de León was searching for the Fountain of Youth?



May 1968 Protests

May 1968 is the name given to a series of protests and a general strike that nearly led to the collapse of the de Gaulle government in France. It began as a series of student strikes at a number of universities and lycées in Paris and quickly spread throughout the country. Within a matter of weeks, roughly two-thirds of France's workforce, or 10 million people, were on strike. The vast majority of the protesters espoused left-wing causes and pushed for change in what areas of French society?

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Max Ernst

Ernst was a German painter who joined the Dada movement in Paris after WWI and later became one of the founders of surrealism. A note of whimsy often characterizes his dreamlike landscapes, while other works reveal an allegorical imagination. Ernst developed the medium of collage and other devices to express his vision. In frottage, he rubbed black chalk on paper held against materials like wood and fabric to achieve bizarre effects. He also pioneered grattage, a technique consisting of what?

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