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Columbus Makes Landfall in the Caribbean

Believing that Asia could be reached by traveling westward, Columbus's three-ship expedition set sail from Palos, Spain, in 1492. After a stop at the Canary Islands, Columbus sailed due west, turning in a more southerly direction after about a month at sea. Shortly thereafter, Columbus quelled a small mutiny, and, on October 12, landed at an island in the Bahamas. Columbus also explored nearby Cuba and Hispaniola before returning to Spain. How many ships set sail with his second expedition?




The son of Assyrian king Sargon II, Sennacherib spent much of his reign fighting to maintain the empire established by his father. Though he undertook many military campaigns, he was devoted to building projects and oversaw the construction of numerous canals as well as one of the world's first aqueducts. Around 700 BCE, he built a magnificent palace, complete with a park and artificial irrigation, at Nineveh, which became the empire's major metropolis during his reign. Who murdered Sennacherib?

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Aleister Crowley

Crowley was a 20th century English occultist who developed a religious philosophy called Thelema. As a young adult, he was a member of the influential occult society the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn but later turned toward Buddhism and Yoga. While on vacation in Cairo, Egypt, Crowley reportedly had a mystical experience involving a voice that dictated The Book of the Law, which expounds Thelemic religious philosophy. According to Crowley, what did the voice call itself?

Last updated on Sunday, 12th October 2008

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