History

How it all started The evolution of coffeeshops in the Netherlands – The breakthrough, which one was the first, and how they have developed to the glory of today. The coffee shop phenomenon began in the early 1970′s. Even then, the Netherlands realised that the …

Perperikon (or Hyperperakion or Perperakion) is in the Eastern Rhodope range, some 12 miles from the town of Kurdzhali. The roads from Sofia, via Asenovgrad or Haskovo, are fairly good and well maintained. Perperikon is perched on a rocky peak at 1,400 ft above sea …

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The origins of the Bulgarians

March 28, 2009 // 1 Comment

THE ORIGINS The ancient kingdom of Baktria, Balkaria or Balhara was established on today’s territory of southern Tadjikistan and northern Afghanistan. Since a couple of years, this region has revealed several archeological sites; some specialists even say that one of the mummies found near the …

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Bulgarian Warriors

March 28, 2009 // 0 Comments

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India: History

February 1, 2009 // 0 Comments

History by Nigel Worden — A professor of history specializing in Indian Ocean history No visitor to India can fail to be overwhelmed by the combination of a bustling, modernizing nation and an ancient but omnipresent past. India’s history is everywhere, in its temples and …

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Japan: History

February 1, 2009 // 0 Comments

Ancient History (ca. 30,000 B.C.-A.D. 710) — According to mythology, Japan’s history began when the sun goddess, Amaterasu, sent one of her descendants down to the island of Kyushu to unify the people of Japan. Unification, however, was not realized until a few generations later …

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Thailand: History

January 31, 2009 // 0 Comments

The Early People — Archaeologists believe that Thailand was a major thoroughfare for homo erectus en route from Africa to China and other parts of Asia. Stone tools, dating back some 700,000 years have been excavated around Lampang in northern Thailand. Cave paintings, found throughout …

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Cuba: History

January 31, 2009 // 0 Comments

Pre-Columbian Society & The Spanish Conquest Cuba was not populated by overachieving civilizations in the days before the arrival of the Spanish, as, for example, Mexico, Guatemala, and Peru were. However, Native American tribes that included the Siboney, Taíno, and Guanajatabey (the group that would …

Antiquity The Church of Sv. Georgi is among the oldest Christian churches in the Balkan peninsula dating back to 4th century Sofia was originally a Thracian settlement called Serdica, or Sardica, possibly named after the Thracian tribe Serdi. Around 500 BC another tribe settled in …

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City of Plovdiv

January 29, 2009 // 0 Comments

Plovdiv is one of the oldest cities in Europe, the city is contemporary of Troy. Homer, Herodotes and other ancient authors describe the life, traditions and the rich culture of the Tracians, who are the oldest population in the Balkan Peninsula. Many ancient authors speak …