History Stories
The Catalonian Fight for Independence Has Medieval Roots
October 30, 2017

The 2017 vote is the most radical step in a centuries-long power struggle. Read More

Should America Take Down Monuments That Romanticize Conquistadors?
October 3, 2017

The men depicted in these statues killed scores of Native Americans. Read More

Remembering the Palomares H-bomb Incident
January 15, 2016

Cold War paranoia nearly led to a nuclear disaster 50 years ago, when an American B-52 bomber exploded over Spain and dropped four hydrogen bombs near the tiny village of Palomares. Read More

Legendary Billion-Dollar Shipwreck Found Off Colombian Coast
December 8, 2015

Colombia has announced the discovery of the wreck of the Spanish galleon San José, which could hold the world’s largest sunken treasure, worth as much as $17 billion. Read More

Spanish Armada Cannons Recovered Off Irish Coast
August 4, 2015

Divers have recovered cannons and other relics from a Spanish Armada warship that sank off the coast of Ireland more than 400 years ago. Read More

In Search of “Don Quixote” Creator’s Lost Bones
July 27, 2011

Experts are scouring a Madrid convent for the remains of Miguel de Cervantes, hoping to reconstruct the author’s face and determine his cause of death. Read More