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Early Cheyenne people – Native Americans

By | 2017-09-28T13:08:20+00:00 September 28th, 2017|History, North America|

A river in Minnesota Cheyenne people are related to the Algonquin people. From the Paleo-Indian period onward Cheyenne people lived in the Great Lakes area (in modern Minnesota). They were related to other Algonquin people like the Blackfoot and the Cree. "Cheyenne" is a Sioux word for "people who speak a different language" - it's not what the Cheyenne called [...]

American science after colonization

By | 2017-09-28T11:27:37+00:00 September 28th, 2017|Americas, Native American, North America, Science|

European trade goods (thanks to Nebraska Game and Parks Division) North American people made rapid scientific advances in the course of the 1500s AD, inspired by contacts with traders and explorers from Europe. People learned how to tame horses and ride them, and they learned how to use guns. They also began to use a [...]

Oil – American science

By | 2017-08-15T23:44:58+00:00 August 15th, 2017|North America, Science|

A homemade oil lamp Oil is a kind of liquid made out of hydrocarbon molecules. It is mostly fat. Lots of plants and animals make oil. In North America, people got most of their oil from salmon, bison, and sunflowers. In Central America, it was avocados and nuts. In Europe, it was butter and lard from cows and pigs. In North Africa and West Asia, it was olives, and [...]

Valentine’s Day – American holidays

By | 2017-08-14T23:53:45+00:00 August 14th, 2017|North America, Religion|

The fashion for people singing Valentines verses to each other may have started earlier in the Middle Ages. But the first written record we have of Valentines comes from the 1300s AD. That's when various medieval poets, including Chaucer, wrote poems about birds mating on Valentine's Day. Chaucer's poem may be the earliest of these. Nobody knows what [...]

Thanksgiving becomes a national holiday

By | 2017-08-14T23:48:00+00:00 August 14th, 2017|North America, Religion|

Sarah Hale In the 1700s, most of the thirteen colonies had public Thanksgiving feasts at least once a year. Sometimes people held them more than once a year. The governor of each colony decided when to celebrate Thanksgiving. But in 1817, the governor of New York State decided to make Thanksgiving an official holiday on the same day every [...]

Thanksgiving – American holidays

By | 2017-08-14T23:41:41+00:00 August 14th, 2017|North America, Religion|

Map of Wampanoag village at Plymouth Bay in 1613 AD,just before the Puritans arrived. See the growing crops around each house? Beginning about 100 AD, when they started farming their food, all throughout the middle and eastern parts of North America, people celebrated the Green Corn Ceremony every fall when the corn got ripe. This was a harvest [...]

Quakers – Society of Friends – Religion

By | 2017-08-14T23:37:27+00:00 August 14th, 2017|Modern Europe, North America, Religion|

A Quaker wedding (1800s in England) In 1648 AD, some people in England felt unhappy with the way Puritan Christians were praying to God. So they started to do things their own way. One early Quaker was a man named George Fox. But generally the Quakers (who call themselves the Friends) had no leaders, priests, or ministers. [...]

Puritans – American religion

By | 2017-08-14T15:33:52+00:00 August 14th, 2017|Modern Europe, North America, Religion|

A Puritan family about 1563 About 1563 AD, some people in England decided that they wanted to follow a way of life that they thought would be more according to what the Christian God wanted. They called themselves "the godly", but other people called them "Puritans." Puritan people, like Calvinists, thought only God decided whether you got into Heaven. [...]

Mormons – religion and history

By | 2017-08-14T15:21:17+00:00 August 14th, 2017|North America, Religion|

Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormons In 1820 AD,  Joseph Smith was fourteen years old. The teenager lived in a small town in New York State. He was upset when he realized that different Protestant ministers in his town had different ideas about God and how to worship God. The Presbyterians thought one [...]