History's Great Untold Stories: Obscure Events of Lasting Importance

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Allen & Unwin, 2006 - 367 pages
'History's Great Untold Stories' opens readers' eyes to important places, events and peoples that have been ignored, yet directly affected our history.

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An interesting, well-written book that broadly delivers on its title. Sure, I'd heard all about the Armenian Genocide, the Cadaver Synod, Tasmania's Black War, the Taiping Rebellion and others, there ... Read full review


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Page 215 - Whenever any citizen of the United States discovers a deposit of guano on any island, rock, or key, not within the lawful jurisdiction of any other government, and not occupied by the citizens of any other government, and takes peaceable possession thereof, and occupies the same, such island, rock, or key may, at the discretion of the President, be considered as appertaining to the United States.
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