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The Aztec Empire and Spanish Conquest

On April 23, 1519, Hernán Cortés lands in the Yucatan with the intention of bringing the Aztec Empire to heel and seizing all the wealth of the territory. But he has a paltry force at his command: fewer than 600 men and some horses. On September 2, things get worse: several thousand Talaxcaltecs, traditional enemies of the Aztecs, confront him, ready to do battle. Horses are a totally unknown animal for the Talaxcaltecs, and when the battle commences, the Indians panic at the sight of them. Cortés exploits this psychological advantage and, against all expectations, wins the battle. Better still, he manages to rally the Talaxcaltecs to his cause. Strengthened by these unexpected reinforcements, Cortés advances to Tenochtitlan, the Aztec capital, and besieges it. After three months of [...]
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2017
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The Cuban Missile Crisis

1962—American spy planes spot launch ramps in Cuba that are designed for nuclear missiles. President Kennedy orders that the island be blockaded in order to inspect any ships wishing to dock there. On October 26, Khrushchev tells Kennedy that he will continue his action: “If the United States want war, we shall find ourselves in hell.” The CIA informs the American president that 24 Russian missiles are now operational and pointing at precise locations in the country. Off the coast of Cuba, the U.S. Navy confronts the Russian fleet and is hunting down Russian submarines. Two of them break surface, but a third remains submerged, refusing to come up. Three exercise charges are dropped to emphasize the order to surface. Moscow orders its vessel to react. A nuclear torpedo is loaded into [...]
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2017