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Robert Louis Stevenson

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British Columbia Joins Confederation of Canada

In the years leading up to British Columbia's entrance into the Confederation of Canada, two distinct gold rushes prompted financial crises in the region as well as fears that the US might attempt to annex the British colony. In 1871, British Columbia became the sixth province to join the Confederation, strengthening Canada's hand in international trade. In return, Canada assumed a large portion of the province's debt. What does British Columbia's Latin motto Splendor sine occasu mean?



Cargo Cults

First appearing in the late 19th c. but particularly prevalent after WWII, when many Pacific Islanders witnessed airdrops of supplies, cargo cults are the unorthodox religious movements that appeared in tribal societies after interaction with Westerners. Believing fallen cargo came from divine spirits who would send more upon seeing rituals based on the foreigners' behavior, the tribes built straw airplanes, radios made of coconuts, and other pseudo-Western items. Do any cargo cults exist today?

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Carlos Santana

Santana is a Mexican-American Grammy Award-winning guitarist known for his searing, emotional playing. He became famous in the late 1960s with his eponymous band that created a highly successful blend of salsa, rock, blues, and jazz. He has sold tens of millions of albums worldwide, was inaugurated into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and has influenced countless musicians. What instrument did Santana play as a boy before switching to guitar?

Last updated on Sunday, 20th July 2008

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