The QuinceaÃ±era is, in many Spanish-speaking regions of the Americas, the celebration of a young woman's fifteenth birthday and marks the transition from childhood to adulthood. In this latter respect, the QuinceaÃ±era is similar to the "sweet sixteen" or debutante ball of the English-speaking world. Observed differently in different countries, QuinceaÃ±era festivities range from modest religious ceremonies to lavish, wedding-style celebrations. What is the origin of the tradition?
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Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe is a fictional autobiography of the eponymous English castaway marooned on a desert island for 28 years. During this time, Crusoe encounters natives, captives, and mutineers and endures endless hardships. The first volume of Defoe's Crusoe story was published in 1719 and garnered immediate acclaim. It is considered by some critics to be the first true English novel. What is the book's full title?
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Cromwell, a highly controversial figure in English history, was the Puritan leader of the parliamentary forces that battled the Royalists in the English Civil War. After the execution of Charles I in 1649, Cromwell became Lord Protector and virtual dictator of England. He inherited a divided and war-weary nation, to which he forcibly united Scotland and Ireland for the first time. What did the Royalists do to his corpse when they returned to power in 1660?