Page 7 - History Facts

The island of Bora Bora used to be its own county!

The tiny island of Bora Bora in French Polynesia only has 8,000 permanent residents. Even still, they were once an independent kingdom!

Bora Bora is made up of the island of Bora Bora proper in the center, with small islets made of coral surrounding it and creating a beautiful lagoon in the middle. All of this land was ruled over by the Kingdom of Bora Bora, along with some small surrounding islands.

While there have been settlers on Bora Bora since the 4th century AD, it wasn't until the early 19th century that it was officially recognized as a Kingdom by the rest of the world. As one of many small island kingdoms in Polynesia, it shared members of its royal family and language with other islands such as Tahiti, Hauahine, and Raiatea.

Unfortunately, the independent Kingdom of Bora Bora barely lasted 100 years. In 1888, the island was annexed by France, and their last monarch, Queen Teriimaevarua III, was forced to abdicate the throne in 1895.


British Intelligence considered giving Hitler estrogen.

rWhether they were considering giving Hitler estrogen to get rid of his iconic mustache, or merely to temper his aggressive behavior, historians have discovered a plan by the British Intelligence to administer estrogen to Hitler. 

Perhaps it was decided that Hitler was unstable enough without messing with his hormones, but, in any case, the plan was not put into action. Interestingly enough, the British Intelligence did have the means and people in place capable of dosing Hitler’s food. 

One might think it might be more useful to poison Hitler, but the British Intelligence had an answer for that too: Hitler’s food was tested for poison, but estrogen, which is flavorless, would go unnoticed. Throughout history, intelligence agencies have employed or considered employing new science in secretive ways to affect politics. At one point, the CIA had a plan to poison Fidel Castro so that his beard would fall out. 

Rome was once the biggest city on the planet. What happened to everyone?

Rome may have not been built in a day, but it sure as heck fell pretty quick. It was once a shining example of a civilization, a bustling capitol that topped out around 1,650,000 citizens by 100 AD, until late in the 20th century where it reached a whopping 3,500,00 people. However, by the 14th century it fell to a paltry 17,000.

Between 1 and 100 AD Rome was the largest city in the world with the Roman Empire completely dominating the Mediterranean when the Republic ended. Augustus took over Caesar's grand projects and created many of his own including the Forum of Augustus and the Ara Pacis. In 64 AD the Great Fire of Rome destroyed most the city, but Rome used it as an opportunity for new development.

Thanks to a plague that killed around 2,000 people a day and numerous sackings of the city the Western Roman Empire went into many great declines. The declines accelerated when the capture of Africa Proconsularis by the Vandals took place in the fifth century. The grain supply from Africa ceased and the citizens fled, destroying monuments in the process.


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St. Michael's Mount in England. It's beautiful, but it's only accessible at low tide. Learn more!

St. Michael's Mount in Cornwall is a fascinating and mysterious island off the coast of England. With a history dating back to Roman times, it's a unique part of British history.

One of an amazing 43 tidal islands that can be walked to from the coast of England, the true history of St. Michaels Mount is lost to the ages. Its historical name refers to a "grey rock in the woods", even through it is located just off the coast. The Cornish legend of Lyonesse tells the story of kingdom off the southwest coast of England that was lost to flooding, similar to the story of Atlantis.

Some historians think that because of these facts, there was once a great flood that turned the hill in the woods into an island. Since then, has been a monastery of varying creeds. Edward the Confessor gave the island to the Norman monastery of Mont Saint-Michel, giving the island it's current name.


The border between Sweden and Norway. Norway and Sweden used to be the part of the same country back in the day!

Between 1814 and 1905, the Scandinavian countries of Sweden and Norway were really the same country, united under one King!

1814 was perhaps the most pivotal year in Norwegian history. After the dissolution of the Dano-Norwegian Union as a direct result of the Napoleonic Wars, Norway was the closest it had been to being an independent state since Viking times. Unfortunately, Denmark–Norway had sided with the French during the wars, and therefore Norway was ceded to Sweden as part of the peace accords.

Norway wished to be free, however, and declared independence in May of 1814, framing a new constitution and electing a new Monarch. Sweden wasn't having any of that, and invaded that summer. After a ceasefire was signed, Norway agreed to join Sweden as a personal union governed by one king, the King of Sweden Charles XIII.

It wasn't until 1905 that, following a peaceful dissolution of the union, Norway was granted complete freedom.



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