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Early Native American Economy – farming and trade

By | 2017-09-28T11:57:29+00:00 September 28th, 2017|Economy, Native American|

Pomo people fishing (California, 1816) When people first came to North America, maybe about 15,000 BC, they were probably mostly following the fish along the coast, and fishing is what they spent most of their time doing. In California, and along the East Coast, people like the Iroquois also gathered acorns and crushed them to make bread. Cree people [...]

Who were the Mapuche? South American history

By | 2017-09-09T16:10:54+00:00 September 9th, 2017|History|

Chango whale hunt, El Madano, ca. 1000 AD 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 small boats. Like most other people in South [...]

Chocolate and Africa

By | 2017-06-21T01:09:55+00:00 June 21st, 2017|Africa, Economy, Food|

A white man beating an enslaved African man in Brazil As more and more people wanted chocolate, farmers had to grow more and more cocoa beans. By 1677, Spanish land-owners were buying West African people to farm cocoa beans as slaves, first in Brazil, and then in Venezuela. Gradually during the 1600s Europeans [...]

Where does chocolate come from? South America

By | 2017-10-14T15:18:41+00:00 June 21st, 2017|Food, South America, What|

Cocoa pods grow right from the trunk of the cocoa tree! (Thanks World Cocoa Foundation) Chocolate comes from cocoa beans, which grew on trees in Central America and South America starting probably about 100 million years ago. Cocoa trees may have gotten their start on the lower slopes of the Andes Mountains. Cocoa trees [...]

Who invented money? History of money

By | 2017-06-12T18:24:39+00:00 June 12th, 2017|Economy|

A Lydian gold coin Money is an agreement between people. It is an agreement that this much of something (usually some kind of metal gold, silver, or bronze) will be worth this much bread, and this much cheese, and this many slaves. People also used paper as money, or cocoa beans, or cowrie [...]