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7 Real Facts That Prove How Your History Has Been Lying to You

By Andrew Alpin, 20 October 2017


History, as we have been taught, has popularized icons, monuments and places with anecdotes portrayed as true facts about the person place or thing. From legends surrounding the American Revolution, to the discovery of America and the pyramids of Egypt, there have been pieces of information which appears truly fascinating to the reader but the big question!! Is it true”? Although it would have been truly nice knowing some facts were actually true, it turns out they aren’t. Here are 7 of the biggest historical lies you thought were historical fact.

1 Christopher Columbus discovered America in 1492

One of the biggest pieces of BS and a lie in the discovery of this great nation. The truth is that America was inhabited by nomadic tribes thousands of years ago who crossed the Bering land bridge from across Alaska. Historical and archaeological evidence supports several theories that the Vikings like Leif Erikson discovered Newfoundland in Canada which he named “Vinland” in 1000 AD. The only thing Columbus achieved was the colonization and conquest of natives.

Christopher Columbus discovered America in 1492

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2 Did Paul Revere actually say “the British are coming, The British are coming?

During Paul Revere’s famous midnight ride, he did not shout out “the British are coming”, he didn’t need to. It was just a dramatization of the famous event to make it seem more patriotic. Moreover, Paul Revere’s ride was an extremely discreet mission and you could hardly expect someone to give away himself now do you?

paul reveres famous midnight ride

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3 Vikings did not wear horned helmets


Vikings in media, film, storybooks and school books are depicted as wearing horned helmets which they did not. This is just another dramatic myth portrayed by illustrators over the years. Horned helmets existed over thousand years ago during the time of the Bronze Age and were mainly used rituals and pagan ceremonies.

Vikings did not wear horned helmets

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