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10 09, 2017

Colonization timeline – 1500 AD to modern times

By |2019-09-05T06:37:13-07:00September 10th, 2017|History|0 Comments

Tenochtitlan under attack (painted in the 1600s) Ships and sailing improve Beginning about 1450 AD, Europeans took advantage of new advances in sail technolog. They invaded and took over most of the world beyond Europe. Their colonization had disastrous effects for the people they conquered. Medieval ships and sailing Europe in the 1500s All our [...]

8 09, 2017

Brazil’s early history – South America

By |2019-02-22T05:09:58-07:00September 8th, 2017|History, South America|0 Comments

Venus of Santarem (Brazil, ca. 1400-1000 BC) When did people get to Brazil? The first people probably arrived on the Atlantic coast of South America about 15,000 BC. Probably a second wave of people followed them around 11,000 BC. People reach the Americas Brazil and colonization All our South America articles How did they get there? [...]

8 09, 2017

Central and South American history – colonization

By |2018-04-29T10:45:08-07:00September 8th, 2017|Central America, History, South America|0 Comments

South American history: Aztec doctor treating people with smallpox (1500s AD, Codex Mendoza) The Inca, Brazil, and Chile In 1500 AD, the Inca Empire dominated the east coast of South America. Further north, the Aztec empire under Montezuma II controlled Mexico and what is now Guatemala. In the center of South America was the Amazon rain forest. Many people lived [...]

8 09, 2017

History of Brazil – Brazil and colonization

By |2019-02-22T06:00:17-07:00September 8th, 2017|History, South America, Where|0 Comments

History of Brazil: The Tapuia people, ca. 1650 (by Albert Eckhout) Tupi war with Tapuia In the late 1400s AD, the Tupi people had just won a big war with the Tapuia people. They had gotten control of the Atlantic coast of South America (modern Brazil). They forced most of the Tapuia people inland. So the [...]

8 09, 2017

What is rubber? History of rubber

By |2019-07-15T22:24:17-07:00September 8th, 2017|Science, South America|0 Comments

A big rubber tree in Mexico Olmec people, living in southern Mexico, invented rubber about 1600 BC. It was just as they were beginning to build their empire. Rubber starts out as the sap of a Central American tree - the rubber tree. You tap the tree or cut it down for the sap. Then you mix the sap [...]

7 09, 2017

Silver and silver mining – the history

By |2019-04-05T07:16:59-07:00September 7th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

Silver mining slaves at Laurion, near Athens Why did people want silver? People first mined silver in the Bronze Age. Like gold, silver is a great way to help people trade. More about gold The history of money The Bronze Age Silver's easy to carry around Even before people started to make coins, little [...]

7 09, 2017

What is yellow fever? – History of medicine

By |2019-03-28T12:19:12-07:00September 7th, 2017|Africa, Science|0 Comments

Kids with yellow fever in Mississippi about 1870. See how all the people are white? The hospital wasn't letting black kids in, or hiring black women as nurses. Where did yellow fever get started? The virus that causes yellow fever probably evolved from an earlier virus that didn't make people sick. The first cases of [...]

5 08, 2017

Germany in the 1800s – Bismarck

By |2019-04-03T13:02:43-07:00August 5th, 2017|History, Modern Europe|0 Comments

Map of Europe after the Congress of Vienna (thanks to Wikipedia) What was the Congress of Vienna? An alliance of European armies finally defeated Napoleon in 1814. Then all the European countries held meetings known as the Congress of Vienna. They wanted to figure out the best way to stop anyone from conquering them again. They [...]

5 08, 2017

Early Modern Spain – Philip II

By |2019-04-04T12:37:14-07:00August 5th, 2017|History, Modern Europe|0 Comments

Philip II of Spain Philip II of Spain As the great-grandson of Isabella, who had sent Columbus to America, and the son of Isabella of Portugal, Philip II ruled Spain starting in 1556 AD. Isabella and Ferdinand Isabella of Portugal All our modern Europe articles Philip also controlled huge Spanish territories in South and [...]

23 06, 2017

History of swimming in the Americas

By |2018-04-20T08:23:49-07:00June 23rd, 2017|Games, North America, South America|0 Comments

Aztec swimmer from Teotihuacan (ca. 500 AD) The first people who came to the Americas probably already knew how to swim, as they got their food from fishing and gathering shellfish and seaweed. Aztec paintings from the 500s AD show swimmers using a flutter kick and possibly a crawl stroke. Arawak or [...]