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Joseph A. Williams

Joseph A. Williams

Writer

Joseph A. Williams is the author of Seventeen Fathoms Deep: The Saga of the Submarine S-4 Disaster and The Sunken Gold: A Story of World War I, Espionage, and the Greatest Treasure Salvage in History.

Who Were the Habsburgs?

July 18, 2019

Portraits of members of the Habsburg family, fresco depicting the family tree, 1507-08. Source: (Photo by...

Who Were The Neanderthals?

July 17, 2019

Neanderthal man at the human evolution exhibit at the Natural History Museum in London, England, Unite...

The Curious Adventures of Cabeza de Vaca

July 12, 2019

Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca. Source: (gettyimages.com) The circuitous travels of a ship...

The Story of Fabergé’s Fabulous Eggs

July 10, 2019

The 1895 Blue Serpent Clock Egg by Faberge on display at Moscow's State Tretyakov Gallery...

How the Horse Impacted the Plains Indians

July 6, 2019

Bison Hunt, by Alfred Jacob Miller, 1858, 19th Century, watercolour on paper, 24,1 x 38...

The Ambush that Ignited the Irish War of Independence

July 4, 2019

3rd Tipperary Brigade, IRA. Source: (Wikipedia) A singular incident consi...

The Hanging Gardens of Nineveh?

July 1, 2019

Reconstruction of the hanging gardens of Babylon. Source: (gettyimages.com) Of the Seven Wonder...

The Medieval Tournament

June 25, 2019

French participants take part in a fight against Serbian fellow enthusiasts during the medieval tournamen...

The Dinosaur Bone Wars

June 21, 2019

Tyrannosaurus Rex. Source: (gettyimages.com) The late 19th century saw an explosion in interest in dinos...

The Man-Eating Lions of Tsavo

June 19, 2019

The Tsavo man-eaters on display in the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, Illinois. Source...

It's All About the Wilsons, Baby: Some Curious Historic...

June 17, 2019

A United States hundred thousand dollar ($100,000) bill, Washington DC...

How Organized Crime Got Organized

June 16, 2019

Three gangsters involved in a shoot-out at a gas station, in a scene from an unidentified film,...

The Tragedy of the Tree of Ténéré

June 12, 2019

The Tenere in Niger. Source: (gettyimages.com) In the heart of the Sahara is the “desert w...

The Mutiny That Created Washington, D.C.

June 11, 2019

Revolutionary War Soldiers Reenactment. Source: (gettyimages.com) At the end of the Re...

The Mysterious Tribe of North Sentinel Island

June 7, 2019

North Sentinel Island. Source: (Wikimedia.org) The idea of modern-day societies e...

The Three Sacred Treasures of Japan

June 2, 2019

Sanshu no jingi, The Three Sacred Regalia. Source: (britishmuseum.org) Many monarchies have...

Australia’s Historic Nemesis: The Bunny Rabbit

May 29, 2019

European Rabbits in Australia. Source: (Wikipedia) Australia is home to 66 ven...

Crossing the Line: One of Maritime History's Oldest Tra...

May 27, 2019

Line-crossing ceremony aboard Méduse on the first of July 1816. Source...

Lost Writing Systems of the Ancient World

May 25, 2019

Reliefs on the Hieroglyphic Stairway, Copan (Unesco World Heritage List, 1980), Hondura...

Tammany Hall: History’s Most Notorious Political Machin...

May 23, 2019

Political cartoon by Thomas Nast. The Tiger was Tammany Hall's masco...

A Pirate Profile: The Savage François l'Olonnais

May 20, 2019

From the Buccaneers of America by Alexander Exquemelin. Source: (agefotostock.c...

How Did Haute Cuisine Come to America?

May 14, 2019

Pièces montées for a banquet being prepared in the Delmonico's kitchen in 1902. Source: (e...

Why Did London Stink in 1858?

May 13, 2019

City of London and River Thames. Source: (gettyimages.com) Today, the River Thames in England is ...

The Creation of the Appalachian Trail

May 8, 2019

Views on a hike are seen throughout Lead Cove Trail and Bote Mountain Trail towards the App...

What’s Inside the Great Pyramid of Giza?

May 3, 2019

A view of the pyramid of Khafre (L) (also spelled Chephren) and the Great Pyramid of K...

The Supreme Navigators of History: Voyagers of the Paci...

April 27, 2019

Hōkūle`a, a Hawaiian wa'a kaulua or voyaging canoe, sailing off Honolu...

The Twelve Apostles of Michael Collins

April 26, 2019

Dublin ablaze during the riots of the Irish War of Independence aka Anglo-Irish War, 1920....

When was the First "Bloody Sunday?"

April 21, 2019

13th November 1887: Policemen fighting a contingent from Clerkenwell Green during a riot in T...

A Pirate Profile: The Most Vicious Ned Low

April 20, 2019

Jolly Roger, the Pirate's Flag. Source: (gettyimages.com) Nowadays, there is glamour...

Who Was The First American To Circumnavigate The Globe?

April 11, 2019

Capt. Gray's ship, the Columbia, painted in 1793 by George Davidson. Sour...