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Mexico and colonization – Central American history

By | 2018-04-08T21:33:39+00:00 September 8th, 2017|Central America, History|

Tenochtitlan under attack (painted in the 1600s) In 1500 AD, the Aztec  controlled most of what is now Mexico. People also called them the Mexica. In 1519, the Aztec ruler, Moctezuma the Younger, was surprised to hear that white men on ships had shown up out of nowhere. Moctezuma invited the strangers to his capital city, [...]

Brazil and colonization – South American history

By | 2018-04-19T15:03:06+00:00 September 8th, 2017|History, South America, Where|

Tapuia people, ca. 1650 (by Albert Eckhout) 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 Tupi were living near the beaches, fishing. Different Tupi [...]

What is typhus? History of diseases

By | 2017-09-07T10:30:32+00:00 September 7th, 2017|Science|

A woman with typhus Nobody seems to have caught typhus before about 1450 AD, so the disease probably didn't exist until then. Typhus is an infection caused by tiny germs (bacteria) that live inside animal cells, and most people caught the germs from lice, when the lice bit them (the lice die of typhus too). [...]

Thanksgiving becomes a national holiday

By | 2017-08-14T23:48:00+00:00 August 14th, 2017|North America, Religion|

Sarah Hale In the 1700s, most of the thirteen colonies had public Thanksgiving feasts at least once a year. Sometimes people held them more than once a year. The governor of each colony decided when to celebrate Thanksgiving. But in 1817, the governor of New York State decided to make Thanksgiving an official holiday on the same day every [...]

Quakers – Society of Friends – Religion

By | 2017-08-14T23:37:27+00:00 August 14th, 2017|Modern Europe, North America, Religion|

A Quaker wedding (1800s in England) In 1648 AD, some people in England felt unhappy with the way Puritan Christians were praying to God. So they started to do things their own way. One early Quaker was a man named George Fox. But generally the Quakers (who call themselves the Friends) had no leaders, priests, or ministers. [...]

Sojourner Truth – African-American freedom

By | 2018-04-07T17:05:48+00:00 August 14th, 2017|History, North America|

Sojourner Truth Sojourner Truth didn't know where her people came from, because she was born into slavery. But it was probably West Africa or the Congo. She may have been part Native American. Sojourner Truth was born Isabella Baumfree in New York State, in 1797, just after the Revolutionary War. She had about ten brothers and sisters; they [...]

The United States expands – American history

By | 2018-04-18T09:53:59+00:00 August 13th, 2017|History, North America|

What Europeans were claiming In 1803, the French emperor Napoleon needed money to rebuild France's army after the French Revolution. So he agreed to sell France's land in North America to the newly formed United States. We call this the Louisiana Purchase, but the French sold much more than just the modern state of Louisiana. The land they [...]

Civil War Battles – American History

By | 2018-04-19T11:29:04+00:00 August 12th, 2017|History, North America|

Jefferson Davis The white men of the Confederacy elected their own president, Jefferson Davis (but the enslaved African-Americans were still not allowed to vote, and neither were women or anyone who didn't own any land). Lincoln decided to use the United States army to recapture the South and force them to be part of the United States. The [...]

United States Civil War – American History

By | 2018-04-19T11:29:03+00:00 August 12th, 2017|History, North America|

Men and women and kids working as slaves in Alabama (1861) In the 1850s AD, cotton-growing was getting more and more important. And white people in the southern part of the United States were getting more and more angry with rich people who lived in the North. One reason was that these northern rich people were [...]

Cheyenne and cholera – American history

By | 2017-08-12T17:42:16+00:00 August 12th, 2017|History, Native American|

Cheyenne with horses (Cheyenne painting on bison hide, 1800s) In 1680 AD, Cheyenne people were living around the sources of the Mississippi River (in modern Minnesota), when they sent representatives to meet with French fur traders at La Salle's fort and urge them to come to their country, where there were plenty of animals for fur trapping. [...]