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tldrHISTORY, or “Too Long; Didn’t Read History,” offers a fun selection of historical nonfiction articles derived from books and primary source documents.

Please enjoy the wide range of topics, from myths and legends to the founding of the United States.

Each post is intended to be read in just minutes, so you’ll learn something new without wasting any of your valuable energy for the day. And if you’re already an avid scholar of history, hopefully you’ll find our various musings an agreeable delight.


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  • By Victorcouto - Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7180582

    The Siege of Goa – 1342 AD

    01/16/2021 by

    Invited by a disgruntled prince wanting to depose his father, an Islamic Sultan sieged a major Hindu city. He sailed south three days and entered the harbor of Sandabur-Goa with his army of armored cavalry and infantry. Catapults of massive stone were flung out from the harbor, but the sultan’s army made it ashore. Those who were not slaughtered fled into the king’s palace, which the sultan set on fire, forcing a surrender. Fighting over the city would persist for approximately two more years between this Islamic Bahmani Sultanate and the Hindu Kadambas Dynasty, but ultimately would fall to the Sultan for 15 years before returning to Hindu rule.

  • By Edward Savage - This file was derived from:  Edward Savage - The Washington Family - Google Art Project.jpg:, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=72190307

    The Executor of Estates – George Washington and Jacky Custis

    11/13/2020 by

    George Washington, like all men in the American colonies, was entrusted with the property and estates of the women and children in his family, including his step-son Jacky Custis. Washington’s efforts to raise Jacky as a disciplined and educated man failed, and Jacky grew up to be a foolish socialite who died in his youth.

  • Ibn Baṭṭūṭah's voyages - Encyclopædia Britannica

    The Travels of Ibn Battuta

    11/04/2020 by

    In 1325 AD, Ibn Battuta left home in Morocco at the age of 22 to travel the world, not to return home for another 25 years. From China to Timbuktu, India and Siberia, the deserts of Arabia and the oceans of paradise, he saw more of the world than any other human being on earth. Thus, making him one of the greatest travelers in human history.

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