White slaves in Africa

Starting around the 1600s, many governments in North Africa allowed their people to raid and capture slaves from Europe. Pirates from the Barbary Coast of North Africa would set sail to Britain, Spain and parts of modern-day Italy and hunt for slaves.

From Coal Miner to King

Faustin Wirkus was working in the coal mines of Pennsylvania when the promise of adventure called him to join the US Marines. Stationed in Haiti, he was enthralled by a tiny island off the coast called La Gonâve and applied to be stationed at the tiny outpost.

The Flying Monk

Long before Leonardo da Vinci was illustrating his innovative flying machines, a British monk born in the 10th century designed, built, and tested an early machine that most closely resembled a hang glider.