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Iroquois history – Native Americans

By |2018-04-24T10:24:00-07:00August 9th, 2017|History, Native American|

Early Iroquois history: Mohawk pottery Haudenosaunee Early Iroquois history starts when the Iroquois originally came to America with the other Native Americans. They may have first settled around what's now Maryland around 1000 AD. The Iroquois didn't call themselves "Iroquois", which is an Algonquin insult meaning "snakes". They called themselves the "Haudenosaunee", meaning "people who live in [...]

Blackfoot history – Native Americans

By |2018-04-07T17:05:33-07:00August 8th, 2017|History, Native American|

Montana landscape with a moose calf wading People we call Athabascans or Dene lived in Blackfoot territory (modern Montana and Canada) in the Paleo-Indian period, by around 10,000 BC. They lived by hunting and gathering. They hunted mammoth, and gathered eggs and wild plants. By 6000 BC, in the Archaic period, the climate warmed up, so the big animals like mammoth became [...]

Algonquin history – Early Native Americans

By |2019-01-22T14:48:50-07:00August 8th, 2017|History, Native American|

Algonquin history: Algonquin arrowhead from about 1 AD. It's made from stone imported from south of the Great Lakes From Athabascan to Algonquin Algonquin tradition says that people who called themselves Algonquins first lived along the Atlantic Coast, in the north-eastern part of North America, north of the Iroquois and south of the Inuit (in modern Canada). [...]

Early Native American art

By |2018-04-07T17:05:25-07:00August 8th, 2017|Art, Native American|

A Woodland period pipe shaped like a dog (from modern Alabama) We don't really have any art from North America in the Paleo-Indian period, before about 8000 BC. Even from the Archaic period (down to about 1000 BC), there isn't anything specifically created as art. Beginning near the end of the Archaic period, though, and then [...]

Early Modern France – Henry IV

By |2018-10-30T04:34:08-07:00August 5th, 2017|History, Modern Europe|

Henry IV of France Henry IV of France In 1589 AD, Catherine de Medici died in France, and her last son, Henry III, was killed a few months later. Henry III had no sons, and after a short civil war his 36 year old cousin, Henry IV, became the next king of France. Henry IV [...]

What are nomads? Definition and examples

By |2017-06-29T23:17:42-07:00June 29th, 2017|Government, History|

Khoisan painting at Springfontein, Zimbabwe Nomads are people who travel around from place to place without having one settled place where they live. Many are hunters and gatherers like the San. Often they are shepherds, goatherds, or cattle herders. Sometimes nomads do stay in one place all winter, and only travel in the [...]

Where are the Appalachian mountains?

By |2019-01-29T05:37:18-07:00June 25th, 2017|Geology, North America|

The Appalachian Mountains When did the Appalachian Mountains form? About 300 million years ago, near the end of the Carboniferous period, when the first reptiles were evolving, the tectonic plates began to form the supercontinent of Pangaea. More about plate tectonics The Carboniferous period All our geology articles How high were the Appalachians [...]