There are not many Revolutionary War sites in London, but one of them is the most famous landmark in the city. In its long history, the Tower of London became notorious as a prison for traitors and as a site for executions, but the celebrated prison only ever held one American.
Tower of London
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In the year 68-69 CE, the Roman Empire underwent a period of chaos and turmoil, during which four different people assumed the title of “Emperor”.
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During the Virginia campaign in the summer of 1862, the Union Army used tethered balloons to observe the Confederate troop movements during the battles—the first US air force.
Valve from Civil War balloon, on display at Tredegar Iron Works Museum
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In the midst of the Hundred Years War with England, the French government was suddenly paralyzed by a King who had gone insane.
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When most of us think of “pirates” we think of buccaneers like Blackbeard and Captain Morgan who raided shipping in the Caribbean in the 17th and 18th centuries. But the most successful pirate in history was a woman who commanded a huge fleet on the coast of China in the early 1800s.
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