An Aztec illustration depicting a drought ritual that is filled with Aztec symbols and their meanings

By exploring Aztec symbols and their meanings, we can better understand this incredible culture and their empire.

Two Aztecs sitting next to their house from the Codex Mendoza

Examining Aztec houses is a great way to learn more about the way the people of the Aztec Empire spent their daily lives.

Map of Tenochtitlan, the Aztec capital which showed their power after the rise of the Aztec Empire

The rise of the Aztec Empire was fast, fueled by military and political know-how. And this lead their capital to became on the world’s great cities.

Picture from the Codex Borgia, one of the best Aztec history books ever made

Whether you’re looking for an intro to the Aztecs or want a deep dive into their legacy, these Aztec history books have you covered.

The Great Fear was a fascinating period of the French Revolution when everyone in France shared a delusion that mobs were coming for them.

Benjamin Franklin invented bifocals in the 1780s as his vision worsened so he could continue to read and learn French – and perhaps continue to woo French ladies.

The French Revolution was, without hyperbole, a mad time. So, it should come as no surprise that the political cartoons that came out of the French Revolution were equally insane.

Art from a Lakota tent, depicting Lakota men with their horses

These are the best books for those interested in Native American history, as they offer fresh looks at indigenous power in early America.

The port of colonial Philadephia, one of the reasons it became so important in colonial America

Philadelphia became an important part of colonial America for its rich port, great science and arts, and the Declaration of Independence.

Benjamin Franklin reading a religious text

What exactly Benjamin Franklin thought of religion has become a topic of hot debate since his death in 1790. Known largely for his scientific and diplomatic exploits, Franklin was nonetheless a man of his time. Religion played a much bigger part in eighteenth-century society and, save for few philosophers like Thomas Jefferson, served as the […]