Free history Kindle books for 06 Mar 19

The Portuguese Empire and Africa: The History and Legacy of Portugalâ??s Exploration and Colonization of the West African Coast

by Charles River Editors

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By the mid-15th century the Byzantine Empire had collapsed and the various Crusades that had taken place in the region had largely disrupted the overland routes of the Silk Road and trade. Compounding the difficulties of trade was the rise of the Ottoman Empire in place of the Byzantines and the outbreak of the Black Death in Europe.

It was roughly around this time that a period of European exploration began, and major factors that contributed to this period of exploration were introduced by the Chinese, albeit indirectly. The magnetic compass had already been developed and used by the Chinese sailors since the 12th century, although it had first been created in the 3rd century BCE as a divination device. The Song Dynasty then began using the device for land navigation in the 11th century and sailors began using it shortly after. The technology slowly spread west via Arab traders, although a case can be made for the independent European creation for the compass (Southey 1812: 210). Regardless, by the 13th century the compass had found its way to Western traders, coming at a time that trade had been increasing across Europe.

Trade was able to increase in Europe around the world due to more effective ships being introduced, and some of the improvements that were made to the ships were first introduced by the Chinese. The introduction of multiple mast ships and the sternpost rudders allowed the ships to travel quicker and be more maneuverable. By the start of the 15th century, ships were now much larger and able to support long distance travel with a minimum number of crew aboard.

With that, the Portuguese started exploring the west coast of Africa and the Atlantic under orders from Prince Henry the Navigator. At this point, Europeans had not yet been capable of navigating completely around Africa since the ships being built were not yet fully capable of being able to sail very far from the coast and navigation in open waters was difficult, but the Portuguese continued pushing down the western African coast looking for ways to bypass the Ottomans and Muslims of Africa who had been making overland trade routes difficult. In 1451, Prince Henry the Navigator helped fund and develop a new type of ship, the caravel, that featured triangular lateen sails and would be able to travel in the open ocean and sail against the wind. In 1488, Bartholomew Diaz rounded the southern tip of Africa, named the Cape of Good Hope by King John of Portugal, and entered the Indian Ocean from the Atlantic.

When it became clear Christopher Columbus hadn’t landed in Asia, it was understood by everyone that this was not necessarily the route the Europeans were searching for, and the Portuguese continued to send explorers around the Cape of Good Hope in an attempt to reach the East Indies. After a two-year voyage, in 1499, Vasco da Gama had successfully reached India and returned to Portugal.

The Portuguese had found access to the trade regions that they had been searching for, but sailing from Portugal to India and beyond would require too many resources to travel with at once. To remedy this problem, Portugal began establishing a number of forts and trading posts along the route. The Portuguese were able to establish a fort on the west coast of India, Fort Manuel, in 1500, and in 1505 a fort was erected off the coast of Tanzania, thus beginning a trend of European colonization in Africa and Asia that would last for the next 400 years.

The Portuguese Empire and Africa: The History and Legacy of Portugal’s Exploration and Colonization of the West African Coast chronicles the early efforts by the Portuguese that helped initiate the Age of Exploration, and the ramifications the colonization had across the world.



The Cajuns: The History of the French-Speaking Ethnic Group in Canada and Louisiana

by Charles River Editors

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Deep within the bayous and swamps of Louisiana resides a population descended from an exodus. These people, called Cajuns or Acadians, were expelled from their homelands. Persecuted and homeless, they traveled hundreds of miles south in search of a new home and ultimately settled in the Pelican State, where they made new lives for themselves free from their British conquerors. Though not always warmly welcomed, they were accepted, allowing them to practice their different culture amidst their new neighbors.

Though their home has changed flags over the centuries, the people themselves have remained, retaining a culture that goes back several centuries. While people continue to assimilate, some have continued to live same lifestyles their ancestors did for generations, and they continue to fascinate outsiders, so much so that they occasionally end up being featured on the History Channel.

The Cajuns: The History of the French-Speaking Ethnic Group in Canada and Louisiana profiles the people, from their origins to their history across North America. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about the Cajuns like never before.



The Bonfires of Beltane

by Mark E. Fisher

It’s what the clan has always done. Since before anyone can remember, Taran’s celtic island people have sacrificed children to Crom Cruach, the dread sun god. Yet in his heart he knows it’s wrong. An escaped slave told him that in distant Britain they worship the One True God, a God who loves. A God so unlike the capricious, evil spirits that darken the souls of his people.

Now Taran’s about to be inducted into his clan’s inner circle of leaders. He promised Laurna, his betrothed, that he’d keep quiet about his doubts. But on the night of his ceremony, beside Crom Cruach, the bent idol of gold, he cannot give allegiance to a lie. Before everyone he questions the druids’ rule. Then he blames the clan’s miserable fortunes, not on the lack of sacrifices, but on the idol itself. What’s worse, he calls it a demon.

The druids are aghast. They meet in council, strip him of all honor, and order his banishment. Instead of a wedding with Laurna, there will be a tearful parting.

As the clan gathers on shore and a storm darkens the horizon, Taran paddles through the waves. But his wee craft was made for the shoreline, not the vast, raging sea. He looks back on his beloved, his people, everything he’s ever known. What has he done?

Thus begins Taran’s adventure in A.D. 432.

Beyond the sea lies ancient Celtic Ireland. There wait the Roman evangelist, Patrick, and two kingdoms ruled by powerful kings and their pagan, druid advisors. It’s a proud land where tradition is everything, where safe passage through the forests and over the bog roads is reserved for nobility, druids, warriors, or bards. Slavery or death await the rest. And the druids will do anything to remain in power and prevent Patrick and his followers from changing their ancient ways.

Will Taran find the spiritual truth he so desperately seeks? Will he escape wrathful kings and druid plots? Will he ever be able to return home, rescue his people, and rejoin his beloved Laurna?

Written for the General Market (G) (I): Contains little or no; sexual dialogue or situations, violence, or strong language. May also contain some content of an inspirational/religious nature. Similar historical novels in this genre may be categorized as: historical fiction, inspirational historical fiction, christian fiction, and clean, wholesome historical fiction.



SERVICE DOG TRAINING: Complete guide to potty training, self training service dogs and puppies for a happy, obedient and well trained dog book (service dog training books, types of service dogs)

by MARA WILLIAMS

SELF TRAINING A SERVICE DOG

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The Granite Key (Arkana Archaeology Mystery Thriller Series Book 1)

by N. S. Wikarski

ARCHAEOLOGY ADVENTURES THAT DEFY HISTORY
Series Finale Award-Nominated as Best Mystery of the Month (L.A.S. Reviews, February 2017)

The Arkana Series
By 1000 BCE, Minoan civilization is hovering on the brink of collapse. Weakened by earthquakes and tidal waves, the Cretan empire has become easy prey for marauders from the European mainland. In a desperate attempt to preserve some vestige of their culture, the Minoans hide their greatest treasures where no barbarian can ever find them. Legend has it that the objects are worth a king’s ransom in gold and precious gems. Greatest among them is the Sage Stone which is rumored to give immense power to its possessor.

The Minoan artifacts remain lost for three thousand years until a clue surfaces as to their whereabouts. A secret society known as the Arkana mobilizes to find the relics. The Arkana seeks to collect and preserve artifacts that disprove the patriarchal record of human history, and the recovery of the Sage Stone is vital to that mission. A fanatical religious cult called the Blessed Nephilim is equally determined to capture the Sage Stone and exploit it for a darker purpose.

The quest for the Minoan cache places two rival factions on a collision course with disaster. Only one faction can win. More importantly, only one is likely to survive.

Volume 1 – The Granite Key
In THE GRANITE KEY, an antique dealer is murdered for a mysterious cipher stone that reveals the location of the Minoan artifacts. The victim’s sister Cassie is stunned to learn of her elder sibling’s double life as an Arkana agent.

Cassie joins forces with the secret society to find her sister’s killer and locate the trove. Accompanied by two field agents, she travels to Crete to hunt for clues unaware that she may be the only living person able to find the coveted treasure. Her task is simple. All she has to do is stay alive. Easier said than done.



Joan of Arc: A Captivating Guide to a Heroine of France and Her Role During the Lancastrian Phase of the Hundred Yearsâ?? War

by Captivating History

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Joan’s story almost feels like a novel instead of a part of history. She was a shining savior on a warhorse, waving her white banner and calling her soldiers forth to victory; but she was also painfully and intensely human, a young girl who wept and bled just the same as the rest of us. In the same breath, it is as easy to relate to Joan as it is to be awed by her incredible character.

She may have been beatified as a saint, but Joan of Arc was in many ways a very ordinary human being, a person who felt pain and fear, a person who made mistakes and who had moments of weakness. This book follows her through her extraordinary journey. Feel her terror as she first experienced her visions. See her determination as she convinced a cynical captain to grant her passage to the Dauphin. Experience her exhilaration and faith as she led the French army to victory after victory. Weep alongside her as the King of France betrayed her. Suffer with her during her long imprisonment in the hands of her enemies. And cry with the witnesses who saw her burn for a crime she did not commit.

She was Joan of Arc, a person whose life remains wreathed in mystery, but nonetheless a fascinating adventure. And this is her story.

In Joan of Arc: A Captivating Guide to a Heroine of France and Her Role During the Lancastrian Phase of the Hundred Years’ War, you will discover topics such as

  • The Unending War
  • A Whispered Prophecy
  • The First Vision
  • The Doubt of Baudricourt
  • A Prediction of Defeat
  • An Audience with the King
  • The Road to Orléans
  • Arrival at Orléans
  • Flying the White Banner
  • A Sign Provided
  • The Battle of Patay
  • Beans for the Apocalypse
  • The French King Crowned
  • The Siege of Paris
  • Peace
  • Capture
  • Captive
  • A Saint Tried for Heresy
  • The Burning of Jeanne d’Arc
  • And much, much more!

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Androscoggin’s Secret

by Rebecca Baker Thomas

Did you ever wake up one morning, look out the window, see the same familiar view and think “this is the start of another typical day…”? By nightfall, you crawl into that very same bed thinking “this certainly was NOT an ordinary day,” still not fully realizing that this day was the start of something that would dramatically alter your world.

Today was that kind of day.

The truth is, before today, I had never even heard of Jessie Cobb. With time, I would grow to know her intimately; and yet, there would always be something mysterious about her, something I never would understand. The grip she had on
me was incredibly powerful. That gal completely changed my life!

Androscoggin’s Secret is based on the 1900 murder of Jessie Cobb in Lewiston, Maine. The newspaper articles and the characters contained therein are historically accurate. The newspaper reporter and his family are fictional characters whose purpose is to tell the story and give the setting historical context.



From Freedom to Fascism

by Skip Sparks

This short book addresses the looming inevitable collapse of our monetary system. It is part history and part economics and connects the dots to rationally explain the cycling of human behavior and its oversight by the deep state. Included is an addendum specifically describing what to expect in 2019 going forward.



Zwischen Schutt und Asche – Band 2 – Leseprobe: Im Fadenkreuz der Geheimdienste (German Edition)

by Caspar de Fries

Die Hauptstadt Berlin, mit seinem Mythos der Unsterblichkeit und den unfassbaren Zerstörungen, lie� die �berlebenden zusammenrücken. Ihnen blieb nichts anderes übrig, als mit den vier Siegermächten, russische Sowjetunion, England, Frankreich und den USA, zusammenzuarbeiten. Die Stadt wurde in Ost- und Westberlin geteilt. Ostberlin, unter russischer Besatzung und Hauptstadt der neugeschaffenen Deutschen Demokratischen Republik, sprich DDR und Westberlin als freie Stadt Berlin unter dem Einfluss der westlichen Alliierten, USA, England und Frankreich. Inzwischen vergingen einige Jahre, die Nürnberger Kriegsverbrecher-Verurteilungen konnten nur eine begrenzte Anzahl ehemaliger Nazis bestrafen, weil viele der wirklichen Schuldigen mit Hilfe ihrer Seilschaften unter anderen Namen und Identitäten irgendwo auf der Welt Fu� gefasst hatten. Die Gruppe M, als kleine verschwiegene Geheimorganisation schaffte es aber immer wieder, noch einige dieser Parteibonzen der Nazis aufzuspüren.
Inzwischen verschärfte sich der normale Umgangston zwischen Ost- und Westdeutschland. Gewisse Privilegien wurden abgeschafft, das Misstrauen zueinander fand bald seinen Höhepunkt, die geheimen Unternehmungen auf beiden Seiten nahmen zu. �berall versuchte man, Spitzel in den Führungsetagen in Firmen und Regierungen unterzubringen.
Militärische Aufrüstungen, Raumfahrtprogramme auf beiden Seiten, kurz gesagt, ein Wettlauf ins All mit geheimdienstlichen Hilfestellungen gehörten zum täglichen Einerlei.



Lerther Bahnhof und zurück – Band 1: Von der Kultur bis zur Vernichtung (German Edition)

by Caspar de Fries

Der Nachkomme des Indianerhäuptlings Patkamins vom Stamm der Tulalip, Joe Marvin, wuchs in einem Reservat auf und lernte sehr früh durch Reiten, Fischen, Jagen und Sammeln sich zu behaupten. Er erhielt nach seiner Zeit in der Reservatsschule als Jahrgangsbester ein Stipendium der US-Army, um in der Universität von Washington ein Studium zu finanzieren. Dort studierte er deutsche Geschichte, deutsche Literatur und Politwissenschaft. Weiterhin lernte er als weitere Fremdsprachen akzentfreies Deutsch und Französisch.
Er folgte als Freiwilliger dem Aufruf der Armee und besuchte die United States Military Academy in West Point in New York, mit Schwerpunkt der US Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), frei übersetzt: Heereskommando für Ausbildung, Einsatzschulung und Entwicklung.
Auf Grund seines Studiums und seiner bisherigen Ausbildung stand seiner Karriere im diplomatischen Dienst der militärischen Abwehr nichts mehr im Wege. Er schloss die Gesamtausbildung als Major Commander der United States Army ab. Seine neue Arbeitsstätte begann in Fort Monroe, in der Nähe des Küstenortes Hampton in Virginia.
Man teilte ihn dem Offiziersstab von General David Parkins zu, der sich im militärischen Abwehrdienst bereits einen Namen im 1. Weltkrieg machen konnte. Ziel war es, Major Command Joe Marvin mit dem Diplomatischen Corps, also die Gesamtheit der politischen Vertreter, vertraut zu machen, wo sich auch der gesamte Geheimagentenapparat der Welt tummelte. Hier herrschten gewisse Spielregeln, an die man sich während diverser Empfänge zu halten hatte. Für Joe ein ungewöhnliches Pflaster. Er, als Indianer eines Reservates, sollte sich nun auf dem Glitzerparkett der Obersten Gesellschaft bewegen, sich diplomatisch ausdrücken, die Leute in ihrer Landessprache ansprechen, Informationen sammeln und miteinander verknüpfen. Für ihn als Nahkampfspezialisten, zusammen mit indianischer Gelassenheit und Disziplin, war es eine gute Schule, um seine persönliche Taktik weiter zu optimieren und auszubauen. Sein höflicher und ruhiger Umgang mit den vielen internationalen Gepflogenheiten erhöhte schnell sein Ansehen, sodass man ihn gerne 1935 als Kulturattaché zur amerikanischen Botschaft nach Berlin schickte.



Presidents of the United States: An Interactive Quiz Book

by Mary Conrey

This fun interactive quiz book has lots of interesting and fun facts about the Presidents of the United States. This book is a perfect study guide for students of all ages. Adults will love this book too as it will be a great refresher. Choosing an incorrect answer gives an explanation as to why the answer is wrong. Choosing the correct answer includes some interesting facts about each president.



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