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Roman Empire Extended to the Maximum: Military Life of Emperor Trajan and His Soldiers – Gallery

Trajan was a man of great military and political skill. Therefore, it’s no wonder why his contemporaries called him Optimus princeps. Many modern historians agree that he was one of the best Roman emperors and one of the most skillful statesmen in history. Indeed, during his reign, the Roman Empire was extended to five million square kilometers.

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The Mier Expedition’s “Bloody” Black-Bean Lottery of 1843 and Journey of John C.C. Hill

In September of 1842 Texans and Mexicans engaged in a series of skirmishes near San Antonio resulting in the deaths of three dozen Texans. In response, that November the Texans organized a retaliatory expedition of several hundred soldiers and pushed through Laredo towards Ciudad Mier – located on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande.

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Earl Rognvald’s Sons: Einar of the Orkneys and Rolf, Conqueror of Normandy

According to the thirteenth-century Icelandic Heimskringla, before the Viking Rollo became the first ruler of Normandy and of the Normans – the people who later conquered much of England, Ireland, and Sicily – he was known as Hrolf Ganger, or Rolf the Walker. Why the son of Earl Rognvald (Eysteinsson) – the legendary Norwegian nobleman and friend of King Harald Fairhair – ended up creating a powerful ducal dynasty in the early tenth century on the coast of modern-day France is less known because it may have involved his older brother Einar – who at the behest of their father sailed to the Orkneys from their home in Møre (western Norway) and established his own dynastic earldom enduring centuries.

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