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Roman restaurants – going out to eat in ancient Rome

By |2018-05-21T17:00:47-07:00August 31st, 2017|Economy, Food, Romans|

A carving of a fast food restaurant in northern Europe Many people in bigger towns in ancient Rome lived in just one room and didn't have kitchens in their apartments. They ate most of their meals in fast food restaurants like this one in the picture. You can see that one guy is sitting at a booth while [...]

What is a dowry? History of marriage

By |2019-05-17T05:38:18-07:00August 16th, 2017|Economy|

Dowry: Peleus, future father of Achilles, greets the guests at his wedding; the bride Thetis waits inside the house (Sophilos; British Museum, ca. 580 BC) When did people start to exchange dowries? Beginning about as far back as there are any written records, about 3000 BC, people exchanged money as part of a marriage. The [...]

History of tobacco – Tobacco as medicine and money

By |2018-05-30T19:19:04-07:00August 10th, 2017|Economy, North America|

History of tobacco: Tobacco plants growing Early history of tobacco Tobacco is an American plant. Like other flowering plants, it probably evolved during the Triassic era, about 250 million years ago. Tobacco plants are related to tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, and potatoes - and to deadly nightshade. (More about tomatoes) All of these are American plants. [...]

Indentured servants – American history

By |2017-08-10T23:09:09-07:00August 10th, 2017|Economy, North America|

Indentured servant Nanny Hull, working on Quaintance farm in Kentucky in the 1800s Because most of the people who lived in North America had died during the 1500s AD of smallpox and measles and other diseases brought by European traders, by the 1700s there were not very many people left on the East Coast to work on farms there. So English [...]

Basket-making project

By |2018-04-07T17:05:34-07:00August 9th, 2017|Economy, Native American|

(University of Washington - cedar root basket) To make your own basket at home, you can buy already prepared reeds at any craft store, or pick long, flexible branches from willow trees, or use strips of construction paper or newspaper about 1/2 inch wide. Or experiment with any weeds! Whatever you choose, unless [...]

Three Sisters – corn, beans, and squash

By |2018-04-07T17:05:27-07:00August 8th, 2017|Economy, Food, Native American|

Corn, beans, and squash growing together When people in South America began to farm corn and beans and squash, they worked out a system for growing all three plants in the same field that was good for all of the plants and made them grow better than they would have on their own. Women planted the corn first, [...]

Cherokee economy – Native Americans

By |2018-04-07T17:05:26-07:00August 8th, 2017|Economy, Native American|

Cherokee fishing weir on the Little Tennessee River in Macon County. (Thanks to Ralph Preston) People who lived in the Cherokee nation got their meat from hunting and fishing, and from gathering shellfish, and their corn and beans and squash from farming. Usually men did the hunting and fishing. They built little rock walls in the water - fishing weirs - [...]