The world has more history than any one person could ever hope to learn, and much of it has been lost for good! However, the invention of photography meant that some of these amazing moments could be preserved for future generations to see, including us. The photographers who took these photos might not have realized how important they were at the time, but their photos shed new light on past events and are sure to challenge your perceptions of history!
Pablo Escobar visiting America
Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar was one of the most powerful and most violent criminals of all time, but in this photo he just looks like a loving father on an outing with his son. Pablo loved visiting America, especially Disneyland, and this photo was taken when he took his son on a trip to visit the White House. It’s incredible that he was able to do this; at the time the photo was taken, Pablo was already a wanted man because of all his criminal activity! He used a fake passport to enter America, and he didn’t get into any trouble with the police. He didn’t even get caught when he brought his son into the FBI building for a group tour of the facilities.
When he was at the height of his power, Pablo Escobar was supplying 80% of the world’s cocaine and smuggling 15 tons of the drug into the United States per day. Thanks to this, he had an estimated net worth of $30 billion and an incredible average weekly income of $420 million. What kind of expenditures do an illegal income like that come with? Apparently, Pablo had to spend $2,500 per month on the rubber bands he needed to hold all his stacks of money together. He once even burned $2 million in cash just to keep his family warm! Eventually, he was caught and imprisoned, but it was in a luxury prison in Columbia that he built himself!