History

An Ocean in the Parlor
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Home aquariums were the newest fad in the natural history-crazed Victorian era. Philip Henry Gosse wrote about it in the Atlantic Monthly...

The Fisheries Scientist Who Saw the Future
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Why are we still struggling to implement recommendations for fisheries management made nearly 150 years ago?

From Vilified to Vindicated: the Story of Jacques Cinq-Mars
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How a toxic debate over the first Americans hobbled science for decades.

A Renaissance Field Guide to Fantastical Fish
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Dutch fisherman Adriaen Coenen’s visual masterpiece chronicled the ocean’s denizens, real and imagined.

A Synagogue with a Floor of Sand
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Sand covering the sanctuary floor in a Curaçao synagogue muffles sound, but speaks volumes to the history of Judaism in the Caribbean.

The Unforgettable Pia Arke
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Ever heard of Arctic hysteria? Neither did this Danish-Greenlandic artist until 1995, and then she forever changed the way we view Arctic...

Hark! A Sea Monster! (Oh, No, Just a Dying Whale)
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All those strange sea monster sightings in days of yore? This may be the best explanation yet.

The Origins of Ghana’s Iconic Black Star Line
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The focal point of the African nation’s flag was inspired by the name of its first shipping line.

How to Fund an Expedition
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Charles Francis Hall had the courage to explore the Arctic—and the savvy to get the wealthy to pay for it.

The Uncertain Future of Puffin for Dinner
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Hunting and eating puffins are Icelandic traditions. But for how much longer?

Archaeological Find Puts Humans in North America 10,000 Years Earlier Than Thought
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New evidence suggests human presence in a Yukon cave during the last ice age 24,000 years ago.

Claiming a Slice of Ice with the Help of Some Stamps
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Sixty years ago, a humble post office helped New Zealand stake a claim in Antarctica.

Book Review: An Intimate Wilderness
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In his memoir, Norman Hallendy recounts his journeys—spanning almost 50 years—with the people and landscape of Canada’s Arctic.

The Secret Language of Salmon Skin Coats
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From keeping one dry to securing a life partner, these ancient garments served many purposes.

Santa Claus Is Coming to Port
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Before he was seasonal, he was seagoing.

New CCGS Sir John Franklin Gets Frosty Reception
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A new Canadian research ship will be named after John Franklin—but is that really a good idea?

Forget Fiberglass, This Surfing Champion Rides Reeds
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An ancient Peruvian tradition of building and paddling reed boats is kept alive by a small group of fishermen, including Juninho Urcia, a...

In South Africa, Colonialism Was Written on Stone
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An ocher painting of a ship from the early 18th century serves as a visual reminder of the clash between indigenous peoples and settlers.

He’s Got the Whole Coast in His Hand
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One-of-a-kind handheld maps of Greenland are an early example of the intimate relationship the Inuit have with their landscape.

Return of the Mummers
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The people of Newfoundland and Labrador revive an eccentric tradition that’s part Christmas, part Halloween, to celebrate the holidays.

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