All kinds of people have affected your life; your teacher, your sister or even your neighbor. But, did you know that people you haven’t met have affected your life too? Those who grow your food, defended your country, paved the streets, and made the laws and rules. Hands down History is the best soap opera ever written. A lot of people who used to hate the subject in high school are starting to love learning about one of the Founding Fathers of the United States George Washington, or the historical Egyptian mummies.
They are especially curious about the most mystical and divine story in history; The deaths of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. No doubt, we all love to hear how many wives Henry VIII of England had. But, one thing that complicates history is the fact that we can’t really be sure if the historical information that is being told to us is actually true. Historians weren’t there when the events took place and you know what they say; History is written by the victors.
Here are 7 of the biggest historical lies we were told about, courtesy of Providr.
1. America was discovered by Christopher Columbus
Like most people, you probably believe that the Italian explorer Christopher Columbus discovered America in 1492. However, this could not have been further from the truth. .
The truth is that the first Americans walked to the New World crossing the Bering land bridge across Alaska thousands of years ago.
However, Columbus’ epic voyage shook the world and paved the way for Spanish colonization and conquest of natives.
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2. The British are coming!
Paul Revere was an American silversmith, whose business began to suffer when the British economy entered a recession. Paul is best known for his midnight ride to alert the colonial militia in April 1775 of the approach of British forces. What the world knows is that he yelled out the line: “The British are coming! The British are Coming!”
However the reality is that the line was never said. There was no need for Revere to yell it out.
3. The Vikings wore horned helmets
Well not really. It’s just a modern day myth and an artist’s portrayal.
The Vikings were Norse seafarers who raided and traded from their Northern European homelands across Europe, during the late 8th to late 11th centuries. Many people believe that they wore a horned helmet, but in reality, that kind of helmet was from over 1,000 years ago during the Bronze age.
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4. A knight’s plate armor is extremely heavy
If you love medieval history, you’ve probably heard that a knight’s plate armor was quite heavy.
However, the truth is that the armor weighted only 30-50 lbs. Is your mind blown away yet?
5. The stones of Stonehenge were always in the same position
Do you think that the stoned of Stonehenge have been standing in the same position for 4000 years?
It’s believed that many of the smaller rocks making up Stonehenge come from the Preseli Hills in Pembrokeshire, Wales. However, it’s still a mystery as to how the stones got there in the first place. It’s highly probable at this time that various stones were arranged.
6. Van Gogh cut off his ear after his lover left him
You might know that the Dutch painter who is among the most famous and influential figures in the history, cut off his ear after a lover left him. People believe that later he mailed his ear to her.
However, it’s more likely that he and a friend drank a bit too much and Gogh cut his ear off. After which he delivered the ear to a woman in a bar.
7. Napoleon shot off the nose of a Sphinx
Well, that would have been impossible. And that’s because the nose on the Spinx was gone centuries before Napoleon was born.
Actually, after seeing people worshiping the nose Muhammad Al-Sa’im Ad-Dahr destroyed it. It was because Idol worshiping is prohibited in the Muslim religion.
So next time you want to read up on some history, make sure it’s factual.