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3 10, 2017

Ships and sailing in ancient Africa – early boats

By |2019-08-21T09:31:01-07:00October 3rd, 2017|Africa|2 Comments

Early boats: A person in a boat (Barramiya, Upper Egypt, ca. 4000 BC) Early boats: When did people invent boats? African sailing has a long history. People were probably using boats before the first people left Africa. At Blombos Cave in South Africa, people were fishing about 70,000 BC. African science and inventions History of [...]

9 09, 2017

Who were the Mapuche? South American history

By |2019-04-01T08:49:16-07:00September 9th, 2017|History|0 Comments

Changos whale hunt, El Madano, ca. 1000 AD When did people first reach Chile? There were probably people living in Chile (a narrow strip of land in South America between the Andes Mountains and the Pacific Ocean) by around 12,000 BC. They came south with their dogs along the coast of South America, either walking or in [...]

8 09, 2017

What is a pontoon bridge? History of science

By |2017-09-08T09:08:30-07:00September 8th, 2017|Science, West Asia|0 Comments

A pontoon bridge from the Column of Marcus Aurelius, in Rome A pontoon bridge is a temporary bridge that you make by lining up a lot of boats crossways across the river, and then putting wooden planks over the boats to make a bridge. You can see one in the picture. It's a fast way [...]

4 09, 2017

Roman sailing – boats in the Roman empire

By |2017-09-04T23:57:44-07:00September 4th, 2017|Romans, Science|0 Comments

Roman sailing ship with square sails (100s AD, Bardo Museum, Tunisia) Until the First Punic War, in 264 BC, the Romans had not been sailors, and had never had a navy. But when they had to fight the Carthaginians, who were descended from the Phoenicians and were great sailors, the Romans learned to build ships by copying a [...]

31 08, 2017

Ancient Rome – geography and climate

By |2019-09-05T06:47:57-07:00August 31st, 2017|Romans|29 Comments

Rome geography: Tiber island Tiber river and trade The city of Rome itself has tremendous environmental advantages, which made it easier for Rome to become an important city. Rome is located at the first place that people can easily cross the Tiber river, so it is the natural location of the main north-south road [...]

9 08, 2017

Traditional Native American origin stories

By |2018-04-19T15:42:20-07:00August 9th, 2017|History, Native American|0 Comments

Rocky Mountains Some Native people don't agree that their ancestors came originally from East Asia. These Native American people believe that their ancestors were always in North or South and Central America. There's no really definite evidence either way, yet. Many archaeologists and historians think that Native American people came from East Asia. They say that mainly [...]

9 08, 2017

The First Native Americans

By |2018-11-09T07:55:58-07:00August 9th, 2017|History, Native American|0 Comments

The first Native Americans probably ran into a lot of glaciers like this one. How people got to the Americas The history of North America up to 1500 AD is a story of a continent that started out empty and gradually got more and more crowded. Probably the first people to come to North America [...]

18 07, 2017

Cargo ships in ancient Greece

By |2018-04-22T11:11:32-07:00July 18th, 2017|Economy, Greeks|0 Comments

Reconstruction of the Antikythera trading ship Many Greek men were traders, who sold things from one place to people who lived some place else. Greek traders sailed all around the Mediterranean Sea, from Spain to Phoenicia and from Carthage to  Egypt and Italy, and to Greece of course. These traders travelled in cargo ships. Cargo ships could [...]

18 07, 2017

Ancient Greek ships and sailing

By |2019-09-16T05:36:25-07:00July 18th, 2017|Greeks|6 Comments

Greek ships: A sailing ship with rowers at the oars Early Greek sailing Because Greece was so mountainous, and every place in Greece was so close to the sea, a lot of people in Greece used boats to get from one place to another, even starting as early as the Stone Age, when people sailed to [...]

9 07, 2017

Paleolithic Greece – the first people

By |2017-07-09T00:17:43-07:00July 9th, 2017|Greeks, History|2 Comments

Outside Franchthi Cave The first people came to Greece not long after leaving Africa, about 55,000 BC. They probably came along the coast of the Eastern Mediterranean, through what is now Israel and Lebanon. They almost certainly knew how to paddle small boats along the coast. When they got to Greece, these people [...]