How old is the Mafia and how did the term originate?

Almost everyone agrees that the Mafia started as a shadow organization in Sicily.

What’s amazing is that historians can’t seem to agree on what the name means.

Most historians also can’t tell us whether it started in the ninth century, the 18th century, or somewhere in between.

The Mafia is also known as “Cosa Nostra” meaning “our thing”.

The American mafia has been portrayed extensively in the media with numerous movies an TV shows reflecting the public’s fascination with the criminal organization.

Ever seen The Goodfellas and The Sopranos? If you haven’t, you should.

About Karen Hill

Karen Hill is a freelance writer, editor, and columnist. Born in New York, her work has appeared in the Examiner, Yahoo News, Buzzfeed, among others.

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