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A collection of downloadable historical documents you may find of interest, which we believe to be in the public domain, and freely available. If any of these items are subject to copyright, please let us know and we will remove them.

Thomas Paine- African Slavery in America (1775)

Thomas Paine- Common Sense (1776)

Thomas Paine- The American Crisis (1776)

Thomas Paine- The Rights of Man pt1. (1791)

Thomas Paine- The Rights of Man pt2. (1792)

Thomas Paine- Age of Reason (1793)

Thomas Paine- Agrarian Justice (1795)

Ibn Battouta’s Rihla (1355)

Antonio Pigafetta’s account of Magellan’s Circumnavigation voyage of 1519-1522

Roald Amundsen: The North West Passage (1907)

Roald Amundsen: The South Pole (Vols 1 & 2) (1912)

Roald Amundsen: My Life as an Explorer (1927)

The Catalpa Expedition by ZW Pease 1897

Masserano Declaration 1771

Amurath to Amurath by Gertrude Bell

The Letters of Gertrude Bell Vol.1

The Letters of Gertrude Bell Vol.2

The King of Pyrates by Daniel Defoe 1719

The Hawkins Voyages to Mughal India

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🛡️ Commencing the Fifth Crusade: May 24th in History 🏰HomeHomeOn May 24th, we commemorate a pivotal event in medieval history: the commencement of the Fifth Crusade in 1217. Initiated by Pope Innocent III, this military campaign aimed to recapture Jerusalem from Muslim control, following the unsuccessful Fourth Crusade and subsequent loss of the Holy City in 1187. Led by King Andrew II of Hungary and Duke Leopold VI of Austria, along with forces from various European states, the Crusaders set their sights on Egypt as the strategic gateway to the Holy Land.HomeHomeThe Fifth Crusade is notable for its focus on Egypt, the heart of Ayyubid power, rather than direct attacks on Jerusalem. The Crusaders sought to weaken their Muslim adversaries by targeting their stronghold in Egypt, intending to undermine their ability to resist a future assault on Jerusalem. The campaign witnessed a series of battles and sieges, including the Siege of Damietta in 1218, where the Crusaders achieved initial success but later faced setbacks due to internal divisions and logistical challenges.HomeHomeDespite early victories, the Fifth Crusade ultimately ended in failure, with the Crusaders unable to secure lasting territorial gains or achieve their primary objective of reclaiming Jerusalem. However, the campaign's legacy lies in its impact on the dynamics of medieval European-Middle Eastern relations and the enduring significance of the Crusades in shaping historical memory and identity.HomeHome#fifthcrusade #medievalhistory #crusades #historicalevents 🏰🗡️ ... See MoreSee Less
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🚀🌌 This Day in History: Yuri Gagarin's Historic Spaceflight (23rd May) 🌌🚀HomeHomeOn this remarkable day in 1961, humanity took its first steps into the vast expanse of space as Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin embarked on an extraordinary journey aboard the Vostok 1 spacecraft. His mission was not only a triumph for the Soviet Union but also a giant leap for mankind.HomeHomeAs Vostok 1 soared into the heavens, Gagarin, a humble and courageous pilot from a small village in Russia, became the first human to venture beyond Earth's atmosphere. His historic flight marked the dawn of a new era in space exploration and captured the imagination of people around the globe.HomeHomeFor 108 breathtaking minutes, Gagarin orbited our planet, floating weightlessly in the void of space. From his unique vantage point, he gazed upon the Earth in all its splendor, witnessing the beauty and fragility of our home planet from afar.HomeHomeGagarin's journey was not merely a technological feat; it was a testament to the indomitable spirit of human exploration. His courage and determination inspired millions, igniting a fervor for space exploration that would propel humanity to ever greater heights in the decades to come.HomeHomeThe legacy of Yuri Gagarin's historic spaceflight endures as a symbol of human ingenuity, curiosity, and the boundless potential of the human spirit. His pioneering achievement serves as a beacon of hope, reminding us of our capacity to reach beyond the stars and explore the cosmos.HomeHome#YuriGagarin #spaceexploration #Vostok1 #HumanAchievement #ThisDayInHistory 🚀🌌 ... See MoreSee Less
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🦕🔬 This Day in History: Birth of Mary Anning (22nd May) 🔬🦕HomeHomeOn this day in 1799, Mary Anning, a pioneering palaeontologist and fossil collector, was born in Lyme Regis, Dorset, England. Despite facing significant obstacles as a woman in the male-dominated field of science, Anning made ground-breaking discoveries that transformed our understanding of prehistoric life.HomeHomeAnning's most notable discovery occurred in 1811 when she unearthed the first complete Ichthyosaurus skeleton at the age of just 12. Over the course of her career, she went on to discover numerous other significant fossils, including the first complete Plesiosaurus and Pterosaur skeletons.HomeHomeDespite her contributions to palaeontology, Anning faced discrimination and marginalization during her lifetime due to her gender and social status. However, her work laid the foundation for future generations of scientists and earned her recognition as one of the most important figures in the history of palaeontology.HomeHomeMary Anning's legacy continues to inspire scientists and enthusiasts alike, underscoring the importance of perseverance, curiosity, and determination in the pursuit of knowledge.HomeHome#MaryAnning #paleontology #fossilhunter #ThisDayInHistory 🦕🔬 ... See MoreSee Less
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🛩️ This Day in History: May 21stHomeHome🌍 On this day in 1927, aviation history was made as Charles Lindbergh completed the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight, flying from Roosevelt Field in New York to Le Bourget Field in Paris.HomeHome🛩️ Lindbergh's daring journey aboard the Spirit of St. Louis captured the world's imagination and marked a significant milestone in aviation. His achievement demonstrated the feasibility of long-distance air travel and paved the way for future advancements in aviation technology.HomeHome🌍 Lindbergh's flight symbolized the spirit of adventure and innovation of the 1920s, inspiring generations of aviators and shaping the course of aviation history.HomeHome#aviation #CharlesLindbergh #transatlanticflight ... See MoreSee Less
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✈️🌊 This Day in History: Amelia Earhart's Transatlantic Flight (20th May) 🌊✈️HomeHomeOn this day in 1932, pioneering aviator Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Departing from Harbor Grace, Newfoundland, Canada, Earhart navigated her single-engine Lockheed Vega 5B aircraft to a successful landing in Culmore, Northern Ireland, approximately 15 hours later.HomeHomeEarhart's historic flight shattered gender barriers and solidified her reputation as one of the world's most celebrated aviators. Her achievement inspired generations of women to pursue careers in aviation and challenged conventional notions of women's capabilities.HomeHomeDespite facing numerous challenges and setbacks throughout her career, including several failed attempts to circumnavigate the globe, Earhart remains an enduring symbol of courage, determination, and perseverance.HomeHomeHer legacy continues to inspire adventurers and aviators around the world, reminding us of the power of ambition and the boundless possibilities of the human spirit.HomeHome#ameliaearhart #aviationhistory #transatlanticflight #ThisDayInHistory ✈️🌊 ... See MoreSee Less
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