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revised How were Mesoamerican inks produced?
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answered How were Mesoamerican inks produced?
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answered Has there been any culture where men typically have longer hair than women?
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comment Did the Portuguese build any settlement around the Cape of Good Hope?
...that being said, this answer is quite correct that the Portuguese didn't initially lead the way in this, because their interest was quick profits through trade, not founding settlements.
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comment Did the Portuguese build any settlement around the Cape of Good Hope?
The second paragraph IMHO puts forth an effect as a cause. The climate in that part of the continent is not conductive for the typical sub-Saharan African agricultural package. That's why it was relatively uninhabited. The reason it was attractive to Europeans is that the climate there was suitable for their agriculture (and was not great for tropical-disease carrying mosquitoes that made most of the rest of the continent too deadly for Europeans). It being "relatively unoccupied" was an effect of the ultimate attractor, not the attractor itself.
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comment Is the expression “Seal of” on the Seal of the POTUS redundant?
@BruceJames - How about if we change it to the question that the accepted answer addressed instead?
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answered Is the expression “Seal of” on the Seal of the POTUS redundant?
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comment Is the expression “Seal of” on the Seal of the POTUS redundant?
No. "Redundant" is saying something twice (perhaps a slightly different way), not saying something that is self-evident. If it said "Seal of the POTUS Seal", that would be redundant.
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comment Free states and slave states - how did that work?
@HenningMakholm - In theory, that might seem like a problem. However, in practice it was understood that slavery was nearly politically impossible to get rid of in a state once it was established there. Confiscating the property en masse of the richest (and thus most powerful) citizens in a state is not a trivial task. So the slave states (who were the ones most politically exercised about keeping the balance) didn't have much of a worry about defectors.
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answered Free states and slave states - how did that work?
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comment Why did Virginia let Kentucky become a separate state?
I don't know of a good online reference, but I do believe I read this myself in How the States Got Their Shapes. Well worth picking up if you are interested in this kind of thing. (My only quibble is that the format the author used caused every border decision to be covered twice or more. Not sure how that could have been fixed that wouldn't have been more inconvenient though.).
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comment To what extent is the independence of India a result of Indian Independence Movement?
Atlee wasn't exactly a disinterested observer though. I'm not saying he was lying, but if he were inclined to shade the truth in this matter a bit, this is exactly the direction one would expect him to do so in.
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revised How to rebut Holocaust denial argument?
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comment How to rebut Holocaust denial argument?
@NeMo - I'm talking among historians, not believers, and I think there's much more consensus there than you imply. However, its probably a good point wrt The Bible in general, so I've removed that bullet. No point in muddying the issue unnecessarily.
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revised What were the origins of the Bulgarian people?
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