Who Was St. Patrick?
Every March 17 people around the world don their best green attire to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. But chances are, there’s a lot you don’t know about Ireland’s patron saint.
For starters, St. Patrick wasn’t even Irish. He was born in fifth-century Britain, then part of the Roman Empire. He was kidnapped by Irish raiders when he was 16, spent six years in captivity, then returned to Ireland to spend the rest of his life as a missionary. Perhaps the most famous myth surrounding his legacy, St. Patrick drove all the snakes from Ireland, which symbolizes cleansing the country of paganism. Tune in to the History Channel for more.