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Travel space and time to explore our world’s regions and civilizations. The History section takes you across battlefields, into palaces and through the remote villages and growing cities that have created the world we see today.
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  • History vs. Myth
  • Africa
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  • Australia
  • Central & South America
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  • North America
  • Polar History
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