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Unlocking Berlin's Wunderkammer
May 25–May 29, 2017
Music and Medinas of Morocco
Jun 23–Jun 30, 2017
Hidden Venice with a Psycho-Mambo Twist
Jul 10–Jul 16, 2017
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The Lightship Frying Pan, New York
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Colonial America Was Built on Lottery Revenue
Roads, colleges, war—all funded by lottery tickets.
April 21, 2017
Sape & Co
A Parisian boutique devoted to la Sape, the elegant Congolese fashion subculture rooted in European colonization.
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Queens, New York
Vander Ende-Onderdonk House
The oldest Dutch colonial stone house in New York City is a hidden gem on the border of Brooklyn and Queens.
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The True History of the Gambia's Bizarre Origin Story
According to an apocryphal story, British ships created the country's borders by shooting cannonballs off the sides of their ships.
January 20, 2017
The Popular Victorian Clubs That Yearned To Fill Europe With Hippos
In the 19th century, dozens of Acclimatization Societies wanted to stock Europe with exotic beasts—and the colonies with tame ones.
December 08, 2016
Louis XIV's Globes
Two awe-inspiring globes from the reign of the Sun King hang from the ceiling of France's national library.
Added by Molly McBride Jacobson
This naval gun is fired every day at noon, an odd timekeeping tradition the origin of which is local legend.
Added by Jaszmina Szendrey
Fatehpur Sikri, India
An imperial fortress city that incorporated cultural elements from the entire Mughal empire, only to be abandoned the year it was finished.
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La Gaitana Monument
This dramatic monument in Colombia honors a little-known indigenous fighter for independence.
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How Racism Kept The World's Fastest Swim Stroke Out Of The Pool
We've known since 1844 that freestyle is a superior stroke.
August 11, 2016
How Big Can Bug Nests Actually Get?
Insects need many generations of wealth to build their mega mansions.
June 21, 2016
Portuguese Slave Traders Were No Match for Angolan Queen Nzinga Mbandi
The warrior queen fought colonization for several decades.
June 09, 2016
The Not-So-Abandoned Town of Zaña
After an epic flood washed away its enslavers, this city has been part ghost town, part cultural wildcard for the past three centuries.
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Lakshmibai, The Warrior Queen Who Fought British Rule in India
February 24, 2016
This otherworldly palace-mausoleum complex is the stuff eternal dreams are made of
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