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The World’s Largest Child Sacrifice Site May Have Been Discovered

Bones dug under the sand; this is what is left of hundreds of children and llamas that have been laying in Peru’s northern coast, forgotten for around 550 years. The remains of more than 140 children and 200 llamas were found on a cliff in the north-west coast of Trujillo, the third largest city in Peru; the site, Huanchaquito-Las Llamas, had already become known in 2011 for similar discoveries. Since then, excavations have uncovered this massive number of victims, which were, accordingly, all

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Uncontacted Tribe Massacred in Brazil

Brazilian authorities are investigating an alleged massacre of indigenous residents of the Javari Valley. Very little has been confirmed at this point. It appears that several members of the tribe were collecting food when they encountered a group of miners. These prospectors had been hired to illegally dredge the valley’s rivers for gold. It is thought that ten or more people (some estimates go up to twenty) were killed. If this is confirmed, then a

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Why It Bothers Latinos When Americans Call Their Country America

The name “America” is based on the Latin version of Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci’s (Américo Vespucio in Spanish) first name. For a very long time, the term “American” referred to native people from the “New World” – America, or the Americas. Nevertheless, nowadays it’s just used to talk about United States citizens. Why? There’s not a clear explanation for that, since it’s probably a combination of many factors. My guess: there’s not a word in

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