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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 [...]

14 08, 2017

Brigham Young – Mormon religion

By |2019-02-23T14:15:13-07:00August 14th, 2017|History|0 Comments

Brigham Young in the 1840s And after they killed Joseph Smith? After a mob killed Joseph Smith, the Mormons chose a new leader, Brigham Young (BRIG-am yung) and wisely left Illinois. The Mormon Church American religion All our American history articles Where did the Mormons move to? In 1847, Brigham Young decided that the Mormons [...]

4 08, 2017

European food history – Renaissance to today

By |2019-06-11T11:13:06-07:00August 4th, 2017|Food, Modern Europe|0 Comments

European food history: An early chocolate house Trade brings new foods During the 1500s and 1600s AD, European traders brought back all kinds of new foods from places they sailed to around the world. Rich people began to eat sugar and ginger from India. (Combining these two new foods together gave us the gingerbread man). History of sugar Renaissance economy [...]

26 07, 2017

What is Sufism? History of Islam

By |2017-07-26T23:49:20-07:00July 26th, 2017|Islam, Religion|0 Comments

Sufi dancers Not long after the foundation of Islam and the life of Mohammed, about 650 AD, there were people who became known as Sufis (SOO-fees). Sufis can be Sunni or Shiite. These people wanted a more direct relationship with God. Instead of just doing things like praying or good deeds, or the Hajj to Mecca, Sufis wanted to experience the greatness of [...]

23 07, 2017

Medieval Islamic food – Oranges and sugar

By |2019-10-02T05:35:29-07:00July 23rd, 2017|Food, Islam|1 Comment

Orange tree: medieval Islamic food included new sweet oranges What did medieval people eat? Around the Mediterranean, people continued in the Islamic period to rely on the three main foods from antiquity. Those were wheat (mostly bread), olive oil, and wine. Where does wheat come from? Wine and wine-making History of tea World history of food All our [...]

20 07, 2017

Indian food history – Early India

By |2019-09-13T05:27:27-07:00July 20th, 2017|India|30 Comments

Indian food: rice, chapatis, sauces, lentils What did people eat in ancient India? The earliest Indians, the Harappans, probably ate mainly wheat and rice, millet and sorghum, chickpeas and lentils. Often they ate fish, if they lived near the coast or a river. Sometimes they ate beef, pork, lamb and goat meat, and chicken. Why chickpeas get ripe in the summer Where does chicken come from? Lots more [...]

22 06, 2017

History of coffee – Where does coffee come from?

By |2019-02-11T15:42:44-07:00June 22nd, 2017|Africa, Food|0 Comments

Where does coffee come from? Coffee history starts in Africa. Coffee plants grew wild in East Africa. Sometime before 1000 AD, the people who lived in Ethiopia, in East Africa, began to pick the red coffee berries and mash them up. They mixed the berries with fatty meat (like bacon) to make an energy bar like [...]

9 06, 2017

Chinese scroll project – Ancient China

By |2019-09-20T14:05:18-07:00June 9th, 2017|China, Crafts|2 Comments

Chinese scroll project made by kids at Laurelhurst School, Portland Oregon Early Chinese writing Chinese people began to write about 1500 BC. People usually wrote vertically, from the top of the page to the bottom in columns. They read the text beginning from the right side of the page, the reverse of what we [...]