Legends and Legendary People Chapters

Meet some of the world's most-colorful characters in this collection. From Roman times to the Spanish Main, these individuals were famous in their own lifetimes and later, when their stories became the "stuff of legends."

In 1880, John Rand Capron, an amateur scientist, suggests storm conditions can form crop circles.

Britons remaining in their homeland rally and fight back through the telling of heroic tales, such as Beowulf.

Greek mythology says that Achilles is half man and half-god; Achilles' only vulnerability is his heel.

In the 19th and early 20th century, women do not have the right to vote but they lead an effort to end the alcohol problem.

Mary Ann Nichols, the Ripper's first victim, has her throat slit and abdomen cut open.

From the early 1920s to 1931, Al Capone leads the Chicago outfit, a crime syndicate who bootlegs liquor and commits other crimes.

Part of the fabric of American life, cowboys have been the subject of books, movies and other romanticized tales. In reality, the life of an American ...

Being a 19th-century cowboy, in America, meant hard work and often a lonely life. It would take between 2-3 months for cowboys to move herds of cattle...

Centuries ago, forests cover much of North America; when colonists arrive, they chop-down trees at unbelievable rates.

Losing hope, many Britons flee the country and others yield to the Anglo-Saxons and become their slaves.

Stephen Austin and others from the American South come with their slaves to farm the Texas territory.

Britons seek help from Angles, Saxons, and Jutes to keep out invaders, but those invited foreigners soon become invading intruders.

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