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Kossula, above, was captured at age 19 in what is now Benin by warriors from the neighboring Dahomian tribe, then marched to a stockade, or barracoon, on the coast. There, he and some 120 others were purchased and herded onto the slave ship Clotilda. After surviving the Middle Passage, the captives were smuggled into Mobile, Alabama. Renamed Cudjo Lewis, Kossula worked as a slave on the docks of the Alabama River before being freed in 1865 and living for another 70 years.
Photograph by Emma Langdon Roche, courtesy Wikimedia
Use our interactive timeline to navigate the history of slavery in the U.S.
This remarkable map by the Arikara cartographer Too Né “deepens our understanding of how dependent Lewis and Clark were on Native American geographers,” says one historian.
Map by Too Né, courtesy We Proceed On
Use our lesson to help students explore different perspectives of the Lewis and Clark expedition.
The last time anyone saw the San Quintin kangaroo rat was more than 30 years ago. And then one turned up last year in Baja. Photograph by Sula Vanderplank, San Diego Natural History Museum
What is extinction?
A process called carbon mineralization, which naturally takes place in the rocky outcrops near Muscat, Oman, above, may help remove some carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
Photograph by Thomas J. Abercrombie, National Geographic
How are cement manufacturers working to sequester carbon?
At Ecole Kenwood French Immersion School, a pre-K to sixth-grade public magnet school in Columbus, Ohio, the stairwell has transformed into a multipurpose space for lectures, presentations, collaboration, and socialization. ©William Manning/Photo courtesy of Fanning Howey
How would you design energy-efficient school design?
Sleep and other nighttime activities (crime! stargazing! hanky-panky!) are not the same everywhere, and in every period. This gorgeous artwork, dating from 4000-2500 BCE, was unearthed in Malta.
Photograph by Jan van der Crabbens, courtesy Ancient History Encyclopedia. CC BY-SA 3.0
Get some ideas about bringing archaeology into your classroom.
The unique handwriting on this fragment of a scroll leads experts to speculate that there may be a whole scroll that has disappeared, or at any rate, not been found yet. Photograph by The Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library
What are the Dead Sea Scrolls?
What other tasty treats have had long, strange journeys?
Washington, D.C., by Lu Xinjian
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Tools found on the island of Luzon hint that human ancestors, like Homo erectus here, were probably on the island 700,000 years ago.
Photograph by Kenneth Garrett, National Geographic
Why do anthropologists say tool-making is one of the characteristics that make us human?
This map shows the longest sailable straight line on Earth, a 32,090.3-kilometer route from Pakistan to Russia. R. CHABUKSWAR ET AL.; ARXIV:1804.07389V1, 2018, ADAPTED BY J. YOU/SCIENCE
If that’s a straight line, why is it curved?