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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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Autumn Season: Classy Vintage Vibes of “Hello October” – Editor’s Commentary

This time of autumn season is the time to simply enjoy nature and all that peace and silence. With your favorite cup of coffee, chocolate or tea.

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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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Aud the Deepminded, Daughter of Ketill, Flees Scotland with her Grandchildren   

Accounts conflict as to why Ketill (Björnsson) Flatnose, a Viking chieftain from Romsdal and the father of his “tall and portly” yet wisely regal second daughter, Aud the Deepminded, left Norway for the Hebrides (Suðreyjar) in the years of Harald Fairhair’s rise to power.

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King Harald Fairhair Unifies and Scatters Norway at the Battle of Hafrsfjord, 872

Harald I Fairhair (Harald Hårfagre, c. 850-c.932) the legendary and handsome heir to the Vestfold (Oslo) branch of the long-lasting Yngling dynasty, was ten years old when he became king following his father Halfdan the Black’s accidental death.

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