The slave ship Zong was a stinking, volatile craft that carried hundreds or poor souls across the Middle Passage during the Atlantic Slave Trade. It departed the coast of Africa in 1781 with 470 slaves aboard, close to double what was recommended for such a voyage. Out of pure greed and hubris, the captain steered his overloaded ship out to the open sea, never suspecting it would soon become a floating beacon of agony, disease, and horror.
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I love these types of pieces.
Often called “The Fairy Tale King,” Ludwig II of Bavaria, who ruled from 1864 until his death in 1886, was the favorite cousin of the famous Empress Elizabeth and became known by the impressive castles he built during his short lifetime. When he was alive, his world was one of opulence and privilege, allowing him the ability to become an eccentric with a flair for spending. Ludwig also had secrets … ones that would bring about his untimely death and stop his grand lifestyle in its tracks. While many believed him crazy and insisted he killed himself, the details of his sudden death suggest otherwise. Did the spoiled, visionary king commit suicide or was he murdered by the people closest to him?
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