Believe it or not, insurance can trace its roots to the beginning of civilization itself. We've come a long way from hunting mammoths, but the basic principle of insurance — the transfer of risk in exchange for money (or mammoth hides) — remains the same.

And while you might be thinking, "Deductibles and date lines? Snooze-fest!" the history of insurance is surprisingly colorful once you start digging. Armed with this knowledge and very little else, we decided to trace it back some 5,000 years. And yes, that's definitely as ambitious as it sounds. But with the help of Esurance VP of Sales Thomas Capp, we conquered!

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