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American science after colonization

By |2018-04-08T11:21:58+00:00September 28th, 2017|Americas, Native American, North America, Science|

European trade goods (thanks to Nebraska Game and Parks Division) North American people made rapid scientific advances in the course of the 1500s AD, inspired by contacts with traders and explorers from Europe. People learned how to tame horses and ride them, and they learned how to use guns. They also began to use a [...]

Equal rights for some – American government

By |2017-12-19T17:34:49+00:00August 11th, 2017|Government, North America|

Equal rights for women? Abigail Adams During and after the American Revolution, the rich white men were writing the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Many people who were not rich, or white, or men thought maybe this was their chance to get equal rights too. They wrote to the men who were writing [...]

What did people wear? The history of clothing

By |2018-04-29T12:00:53+00:00June 8th, 2017|Clothing|

History of clothing: Venus of Lespugue, ca. 25000 BC, now in the Musee du Quai Branly, Paris, wearing a grass or string skirt The first clothing Clothing was very expensive in the ancient and medieval world, because without engine-powered machines it was very hard to make. So most people had very few changes of [...]

Why was the cotton gin important? American History

By |2017-06-08T09:05:10+00:00June 8th, 2017|Clothing, North America|

Model of Indian cotton gin (1100s AD) When people in India first started to grow cotton, they picked the seeds out by hand before they spun the cotton into thread. By 500 BC, women in India used a rolling pin to get the seeds out of cotton. There's a picture of one in the [...]

Slavery and the Cotton Gin – American History

By |2018-04-18T18:26:26+00:00June 8th, 2017|Clothing, North America|

Slavery and the Cotton Gin: A cotton baby dress from about 1796 AD (Wisconsin Historical Society) Cotton in the Caribbean When European explorers came to the West Indies in 1492 AD, they saw that people grew cotton there. By the 1600s these invaders forced the local people to grow more and more cotton. Europeans [...]

Later Central Asian Economy

By |2018-04-16T10:38:36+00:00May 30th, 2017|Central Asia, Economy|

Grasslands of Central Asia - the steppe In 1500 AD, most of Central Asia was grassland.  Nomads rode horses and tended big herds of cattle there. Only in the western part of Central Asia were people farming wheat and barley and rye. But gradually over the course of the next 500 years, Russian rulers encouraged farmers [...]