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Da Gama, Vasco
(1469?-1524) Portuguese explorer who, in 1498, established an all water route to India
Da Vinci, Leonardo
(1834-1900) German inventor. He is best know for his work in the development of the gasoline internal combustion engine.
Land owning feudal lords in Japan.
A structure built to hold water in place.
de Cervantes, Miguel
(1547-1616) Spanish Renaissance writer. His greatest work is the comedic tale Don Quixote.
de Klerk, F. W.
(1936 - ) The white South African president who ended Apartheid in the early 1990s.
de San Martํn, Jos้
(1778-1850) Latin American revolutionary. He is one of the main leaders of the Latin American independence movement.
de Santa Anna, Antonio L๓pez
(1794-1876) Mexican general and dictator who controlled Mexico for more than 25 years. Lost war against the United States which cost Mexico present day California, Nevada, and New Mexico.
Numeric system based on ten. Created by mathematicians during the Gupta golden age in India.
Declaration of the Rights of Man
Revolutionary document of the French Revolution. Written in 1789, it spelled out certain rights believed to be universal to all mankind. Patterned on the American Declaration of Independence.
Government by people exercised either directly or through elected representstives.
A political system in which a country is ruled by law, has representative government, and is democratic in nature.
(1904-1997) Chinese Communist leader. Ruled from 1978 until 1997.
(1596-1650) French intellectual who challenged traditional ideas. He said that human reason was capable of discovering and explaining the laws of nature and man. The idea of human reason being superior to tradition led to the beginning of the Enlightenment, a time of political awakening that became revolution.
The process in which land slowly dries out until little or no vegetation exists becoming a desert.