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Abel Tasman Lands in New Zealand

Dutch seafarer and explorer Abel Tasman was the first European to reach New Zealand. After sighting and taking formal possession of Tasmania, Tasman and his crew planned to sail north, but unfavorable winds caused them to turn east and discover the islands of New Zealand. Why did Tasman name the New Zealand bay where his ship anchored Murderers' Bay?



Aztec Warfare

Warfare was a fundamental part of Aztec society and was the driving force behind its economy and religion. The Aztecs used warfare to achieve two main objectives: the subjugation of city states to exact tribute and expand political influence and the taking of captives for religious sacrifice. Members of warrior societies were even ranked according to the number of captives they had taken in battle. Which warrior society's members swore not to take a step backward during battle on pain of death?

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Steven Spielberg

Spielberg, a three-time Academy Award winning director, remains one of the most commercially successful filmmakers in the history of US cinema. Spielberg began his career directing for television, but his major success came when he began directing movies. His 1975 film, Jaws, set a domestic box office record and made him a household name. Spielberg later surpassed this record with the films E.T. and Jurassic Park. What 1993 movie earned him his first Academy Award?

Last updated on Thursday, 18th December 2008

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