Some rather old maps of the Arabian peninsula, details under each respective map.
Embedded text: This map of the Arabian Peninsula, published in 1720, shows Arabia
Felix, Arabia Deserta, and Arabia Petraea. Other regions included are
Palestine, Mesopotamia, Chaldea, Persia, Aegyptus, and Aethiopia. A
large number of towns are shown. The title cartouche includes nine
vignette coins. The tribal and town names on the map are those used by
Ptolemy. Some are used more than once, with variations. Thus “Indicara,”
“Iacara,” “Ichara,” and “Aphana” all could indicate the same place: the
spot where Alexander the Great intended to build a capital on an island
in the Arabian Gulf, enabling him to control the trade of the region
and extend his empire (a scheme that he was unable to accomplish before
Archeological research suggests that this place was Failakah
Island in present-day Kuwait, although some historians place it at Abu
Ali Island. The map shows a peninsula near pres…
The title of this post is self-explanatory. And here's why John (reigned from 1199-1216) was so unpopular:
Under his reign, the English lost the land of Normandy to the French (Normandy had been under English control since the time of William the Conqueror). In fact, he was nicknamed "Lackland" because of this. He was excommunicated from the Church by the Pope in 1209 (this made him even more unpopular) His fiscal policies: He made people pay very high taxes John was a very bad fighter (he was nicknamed "Softsword" too!), and in those times, a bad warrior made a bad king. John murdered his own nephew for fear of him leading a rebellion against John. The barons (who were Normans) revolted against him because of the above reasons, and after deciding that he was a bad king (especially after realizing how he spent tax money). Perhaps the most significant of all his failures (and the most humourous), he lost the original Crown Jewels in a swamp, in Eastern England.