7 Biggest Lies In History
As we go to school, there is a great deal we are taught about the world’s history. But how do we know that anything we are taught is even true? As adults, even, some like to maintain historical lies, simply because it is more convenient than the alternative.
Here is more of the truth to some of the world’s biggest lies:
1. Columbus discovered Nothing
For the longest time, explorer Christopher Columbus was given credit for what would later become the United States. The first problem with that is you can’t ‘discover’ where people are already living. He wasn’t even the first person to come out in this direction.
Lief Erickson, a 10-century Viking, got to the Americas some 500 years before Columbus ever took his first breath after being born.
Columbus also never actually set foot on what would become the future US, but landed on a few islands where the local cultures were nearly wiped from existence for not satisfying him with gold and trinkets.
2. Walt Disney drew Mickey Mouse
Walt Disney is known across the world who created the Disney brand and brought cartoons to millions of children across the globe. He likely didn’t expect his company to grow into the billion dollar business it was today.
He may have also been the first voice of the famous big-eared talking rodent, but he shouldn’t be getting the credit for the face of his brand. That credit goes to the illustrator known as Ub Iwerks, who was known himself as the company’s favorite animator. Iwerks is the original creator of Mickey Mouse and history should say it.
3. Burning of Salem Witches
Salem, Massachusetts is typically known for its history regarding the historical tragedy known as the Salem Witch Trials. Between the months of February 1692 and May 1693, more than 100 people were accused of witchcraft, including a 4-year-old girl.
The majority of the people accused were simply jailed, but at least 19 were hanged on the aptly named ‘Gallows Hill.” A 71-year-old man was even crushed with heavy stones, but there were no people burned while tied to a large wooden post.
4. Cowboys Wore Big Hats
The ‘cowboy hat’ is the favorite piece of clothing among people that consider themselves cowboys or country folk. What you may not know is that the Stetson hats made famous by Clint Eastwood and John Wayne weren’t actually worn in the Old West.
During the 19th century, the go-to headwear was actually a hat known as a bowler or derby.
The cowboy hat is also not American, but Argentinian in origin. People may have simply liked the style so much, they imitated it.
5. Lincoln Was Completely Against Slavery
We know that it was Lincoln who paved the wave to freeing the people forced into slavery in the United States. That being said, the Emancipation Proclamation wasn’t the only thing good ole’ Abe had in mind.
Lincoln had shared his conflicting emotions in a letter to a newspaper editor in 1862, “If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that. What I do about slavery, and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save the Union.”
Hey, just think of the letter as honest Abe being very honest.
6. The Union were The Good Guys at The Alamo
For the longest time, it’s been said that Union soldiers fought to preserve American ideals at The Alamo in what is now Texas. But that is the furthest thing from the truth. The Union forces were the invaders in this conflict.
Still recovering from their own War of Independence from Spain, a Mexican militia was stationed here. The reason for the conflict? Slavery was banned from Mexico in 1829, which made them good ole’ Texan boys a little angry. They liked their slaves and wanted to keep them.
The conflict began when General Santa Ana wasn’t too hip on people keeping any more slaves in territory he controlled.
7. Emperor Nero was a Sociopath
Historically, you might have heard that Emperor Nero of Rome watched played the fiddle as his city burned to the ground around him. This is not true for many reasons. When he saw the fire, he coordinated citizens to aid in suppressing the fire’s destruction.
That and the fiddle hadn’t been invented in Nero’s time.