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Source Collection: Analyzing Historic Churches in the Southwestern US

Today, the US-Mexico border stretches along the path of the Rio Grande River. However, much of the territory that now makes up the Southwestern states of the US once belonged to the Spanish Crown. Studying the historic churches of Texas helps reveal this history.

Hand drawn map showing landforms and sea
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French Renaissance Paleography

This website is a compilation of manuscripts from France through 1300 to 1700, which come from a variety of sources, such as legal documents, contracts, or calligraphy books.
Color map of a portion of Greece, which some locations marked by red and green squares
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Travels Through Greco-Roman Antiquity

This website is an excellent primer into ancient Greek and Roman places and events, with references to other sources and maps that may aid in reconstructions of the area.
Image of a trefoil tracery in the cathedral ceiling at Sainte-Chapelle
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Paris Past and Present

This site works as a supplement to classroom discussions about urban architecture in medieval France, or even for [those] who want to see visual reconstructions of the historical buildings.
Drawing of two men, with a white man that is presumably Thomas Clarkson in the foreground, and a black man in the background. They are both dressed in colonial-era clothing.
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The Abolition of Slavery Project

By breaking up the site into different areas of focus, such as enslavement itself and abolition, it allows itself to be easily navigable by students and scholars alike.
Portrait of one of the Mancini sisters
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The Letters of Marie Mancini

The site’s great strengths currently lie in its annotated translations and ease of use, with the team having obviously given some thought to how users might want to explore these letters.
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Short Teaching Module: The Forgotten Beirut-based Companies in the Global History of Capitalism

The history of capitalism has traditionally centered Europe, but the reality is that globalization and exchange has been shaped by actors from around the world.

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"The Money Market" Article

The London Evening Standard reported in 1881 that one transaction from the Sursuq (Sursock) and Debbas families caused the French stock market to decline. The Levantine companies had accumulated significant capital from silk and futures trading throughout the mid-nineteenth century.

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Section of "The Bubbles of Finance"

Malcolm Ronald Laing Meason was a famous journalist and book author. As a respected authority on trade and finance, he possessed insider knowledge that journalists of articles like “Islam on the Ebb” did not. In 1865 he witnessed the Levantine companies becoming wealthy from trading in futures.

Handwritten black ink recipe written in a paragraph format.
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Ginger bread recipe

This late-seventeenth century recipe for gingerbread shows how colonization in the Atlantic world changed what men and women in England would have eaten. The recipe includes ginger and sugar.