Alberto Yagos
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What's the rationale for shipping coins back to Spain from its colonies?
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According to Manuel Moreyra Paz Soldán, El Virreinato de Perú, 1980, p. 79, the coinage embarked on ships corresponded to: Taxes obtained from the provinces and citizens in America: "recaudación para ...

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What kind of knife could this be?
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Got it, is a Spanish M1969 Bayonet, check it here: https://www.preferredarms.com/weapons/daggers.php

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Why has the khopesh never been used since ancient Egypt?
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The khopesh was a solution to the limitations of bronze as a sword material. Bronze swords can't be too long because they break. Bronze is more brittle and less flexible than iron. For this reason, ...

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What was the original colour of the Colosseum (Flavian Amphitheatre)?
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According to Rosella Rea, director of the Colosseum, in the restoration from 2013 they found traces of it being brightly painted in red, ochre, blue and green. Dr. Rossella Rea, the Colosseum’s ...

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Did foreign language phrase books exist in the ancient world?
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Mostly, there were textbooks for learning the foreign language: Professor Eleanor Dickey travelled around Europe to view the scraps of material that remain from ancient Latin school textbooks, or ...

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Probation time in marriage?
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Until 1603, Irish couples could divorce for several reasons (sterility/infertility, impotency, homosexuality, abortion, infanticide, flagrant infidelity, insanity, abandonment...). Marriage was a ...

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How was body temperature checked before thermometers?
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Avicenna (980–1037) said that fever was the increased temperature of the heart (Canon I, part 4), so he checked the temperature by touching the chest over the heart with the hand. This system was ...

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Was there any kind of detective in Ancient Rome?
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The closest thing to a detective during the Republic would be the special agents used by the censors to verify the statements that citizens made in the census. Lindsay Davis wrote a series of books ...

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Did Taíno natives ever work Spanish galleons?
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I've checked the Spanish primary sources and according to Alonso Peña Montenegro (1596-1688), Itinerario paraparochos, the Taínos were employed as carenadores (repairers of the hull), taking them in ...

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Can anyone identify this sword, believe to be Ottoman Empire (Turkish)?
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I think it's this one: This is an Ottoman shamshir with a sabre blade (common shamshirs have more curved blades). It's from the late 19th century. If there is an engraving in the blade, it will tell ...

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Why is former Portuguese flag similar to Finnish one?
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The first flag of Portugal was the coat of arms of Henry of Burgundy, Count of Portugal and father of Afonso I (1109-1185), the first king of Portugal. It's an azure cross over a silver field. ...

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Why did the Romans only name some months and number others?
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I couldn't find the source but once I read that the five gods naming the months were the most important gods in the Ancient Roman religion, before it received Celtic and Greek influences: March - The ...

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History of calendar of different culture
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The Ancient Greeks and Egyptians had a week of 10 days, the Ancient Romans of 9, the Aztecs of 5 days, the Ancient Japanese of 6, the Ancient Chinese week went from 9 to 12 days... The Babylonians ...

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