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From honey to sugar – History of Honey

By |2019-01-28T07:14:26-07:00June 22nd, 2017|Food|

Beehives in Europe, about 1400 AD Honey in antiquity All through antiquity, honey kept on being very important as a sweetener, a preservative, and a medicine throughout Africa, Europe, and Asia. Wax was used for candles and to seal things. Early history of honey All about beeswax Lost wax casting Sugar invented in [...]

Where does cotton come from? South America

By |2019-01-12T18:03:24-07:00June 8th, 2017|Clothing, South America|

A cotton and alpaca wool cloth from Peru, about 200 AD (in the Brooklyn Museum) First place where people grew cotton South America  was the first place in the world where people grew cotton to make clothing. More South America articles Norte Chico people in northern Peru spun cotton into thread and wove it into cloth [...]

African Economy – Early Modern

By |2019-05-21T19:54:33-07:00May 24th, 2017|Africa, Economy|

Early modern African economy: Guinea Cloth (Cotton) Early Modern African economy In the late 1400s AD, Portuguese traders figured out how to sail to West Africa instead of getting there by caravan routes across the Sahara Desert. Medieval ships and sailing Charles V and Portugal Medieval African economy All our Africa articles What [...]