Learning about history has become pretty popular over the years. People have been studying the subject their entire lives. From legends about George Washington to historical Egyptian mummies, everyone loves knowing something about the past, regardless what the topic may be.
It’s hard knowing whether or not the historical information that is being told to us is actually true. We’d like to think that the people who are telling us these historical facts know what they are talking about and aren’t making stuff up.
But is there really a way to tell if historical events actually happened? I mean, historians weren’t there when the events took place, right? Here are 7 of the biggest historical lies we were told about:
1. For many years people have been taught that Christopher Columbus discovered America in 1492. But this is actually a downright lie.
The truth actually is that America was settled by nomadic tribes crossing the Bering land bridge across Alaska thousands of years ago.
There’s also evidence of Vikings coming to the land shortly after. If anything, Columbus’ voyage created the colonization and conquest of natives.
2. We all know the famous line said by Paul Revere “The British are coming! The British are Coming!” during his midnight ride.
In actuality, this line was never said. There was no need for Revere to yell out this line, it just sounds way more patriotic when telling the story today.
3. When we think of vikings, we usually think of them wearing a horned helmet right? This is actually not the case. This is just a modern day myth and an artist’s portrayal.
Horned helmets did exist but these were from over 1,000 years ago during the Bronze age and were used ritualistic religious ceremonies.
4. A lot of us have an interest in learning medieval history. We’ve heard a lot about a knight’s plate armor being extremely heavy, but was it actually?
It wasn’t heavy at all. It’s said to have weighed 30-50 lbs. Pretty funny considering this form of armor is considered to be the heaviest of all armor.
5. Stonehenge is one of the biggest ancient mysteries and they’ve been standing in the same position for 4000 years…or have they?
It is a mystery on how the stones got there in the first place, but it’s highly doubtful that they’ve been in the same position we see them in today. They had to be restored at some point.
6. We’ve all learned that famous painter Van Gogh cut off his ear after his lover had left him. He then mailed his ear to her. But that’s not exactly true.
After looking through letters, it’s more likely that he and a friend drank a bit too much and Gogh cut his ear off. He then delivered it to a woman at a bar.
7. How did the Sphinx lose its nose? Many believe that it was Napoleon who shot it off nose. But the nose was gone centuries before he was born.
Actually, religious leader Muhammad Al-Sa’im Ad-Dahr destroyed the nose when he saw people worshiping it. Idol worshiping is prohibited in the Muslim religion.
So next time you want to read up on some history, make sure it’s factual. There’s no way to check if something is absolutely true or false but hopefully we’ve cleared up a few things.