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From Siam to Thailand

By | 2017-10-25T11:29:59+00:00 October 24th, 2017|History|

Like its neighbor Burma, Thailand was more influenced by India than by China. People in Thailand were probably becoming Buddhists by the 200s BC, in the time of the Mauryan Empire in India. On the Silk Road, Thailand sold spices and beeswax. Kingdom of Funan Starting in the late 500s AD, the Kingdom of Funan [...]

History of Burma

By | 2017-10-24T23:12:00+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|History|

People (and their dogs) probably reached Burma coming along the coast from India, about 47,000 BC, but there's no evidence of them until about 11,000 BC. Soon after that, Burma entered the Neolithic, or Late Stone Age. They started to farm and to keep domesticated animals some time after 10,000 BC. Then around 1500 BC, [...]

History of Cambodia

By | 2017-10-23T12:35:25+00:00 October 18th, 2017|History|

Coming from India along the coast, the first people probably got to Cambodia around 45,000 BC. They Funan With the rise of the Silk Road sea trade, India's traders sold things to people in Cambodia and nearby Vietnam, and the people of Cambodia picked up a lot of Indian culture. For one thing, many of [...]

History of Vietnam

By | 2017-10-23T00:01:41+00:00 October 15th, 2017|History, Southeast Asia|

Early Vietnam The first people, with their dogs and baskets, probably reached Vietnam around 45,000 BC, coming along the coast from Africa to India and then Southeast Asia. These first settlers lived mostly by fishing, probably from small boats. And they collected seaweed, mussels, clams and shrimp along the shore. Their central location, with great access [...]

Medieval African history – Timbuktu and Great Zimbabwe

By | 2017-10-29T16:49:31+00:00 October 3rd, 2017|Africa, History|

Mansa Musa of Mali After the 400s AD, the Bantu expansion slowed down. They had already settled most of the good farmland in southern Africa. What was left was mainly desert or thick jungle. It was no good for farming or herding cattle. The Bantu left that land to the Khoikhoi and San people who already lived there. [...]

Islamic North Africa – caravans across the Sahara

By | 2017-10-29T16:53:32+00:00 October 3rd, 2017|Africa, History|

Kairouan mosque (ca. 800 AD) The Eastern Roman reconquest of North Africa in the 530s AD ended the Vandal kingdom there. But trade declined until the Islamic invasions of North Africa in the 600s AD and the establishment of the Umayyad, and then the Fatimid dynasties. Fatimids Under Islamic rule, North Africa became part of a large trading network [...]

Roman North Africa – Carthage to Augustine

By | 2017-10-29T11:56:46+00:00 October 3rd, 2017|Africa, History|

This is the amphitheater in ancient Carthage where Romans killed Christians during the Decian persecution. By the 300s BC, the North African port of Carthage was actively engaged in policing the whole Mediterranean. Carthage made treaties, for instance, with the Etruscans in Italy, to protect the Etruscans from piracy from the Greeks in southern Italy. And Carthage [...]