TIL Taras Shevchenko was born a serf in 1814 occupied Ukraine, became an orphan at 12, bought his freedom with a help of a famous painter who recognized Shevchenko’s talent, and rose to become the most famous Ukrainian poet and painter with unmatched cultural significance for the Ukrainian nation.

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  1. It was more of a slavery in Russian occupied Ukraine, and he was purchased out of slavery, only to challenge the Czar himself (he also called the Czar’s wife ugly af) and to be banished to Kazakhstan.

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