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Fort Ross: The Russian Expansion Into California

In the early 1800s Russia was seeking further expansion. This expansion wasn’t particularly for great wealth, promoting religion or discovering new territories but rather was an expedition primarily focused on finding a new, reliable food source and to acquire furs for the Russian claims along the American Pacific coast. While the entirety of Alaska isn’t […]

The Bay of Pigs: How Kennedy Failed Cuba and the Spirit of America

John F. Kennedy is all too often given a pass in history in spite of his cascade of failures. It could be expected that if he were able to go on to a second term that if he had led the charge to the moon, the United States would have never arrived. Arguably his biggest […]

Magical Realism: How to Define the Undefinable?

Magical Realism has forever impacted Latin American literature. Gabriel Garcia Marquez is perhaps the most famous author but there are plenty of others inside and outside of Latin America such as Allende, Rushdie, Murakami and Morrison. As Magical Realism has spread around the world, the question of what exactly is Magical Realism has come into question. Furthermore, there even involves quite a bit of discussions about pre and post colonialism and what exactly does that mean for countries outside of not only Latin America but also Africa? There’s also some confusion about the origins of Magical Realism, where it came from and exactly what it is. This short paper will mainly be a light overview of Magical Realism, its origin, its expansion and even what it potentially may be.