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American revolutionary war – American history

By |2017-11-24T00:16:11+00:00August 14th, 2017|History, North America|

English soldiers search a settler's house (1770s) In 1763 AD England won the French and Indian War against France (which had been fought mainly in North America), and so the English-speaking settlers on the East Coast could stop worrying that they were about to be taken over by France. To pay for that war, the English government began to [...]

Thirteen states – American history

By |2017-08-12T09:44:31+00:00August 12th, 2017|History, North America|

The first English settlement at Jamestown in 1607 The first European people who came to the east coast of North America, in the 1600s and 1700s, came for many different reasons, so their settlements were very different from each other. The earliest successful settlement was in Florida, in 1565 AD, when Spanish explorers founded the [...]

Declaration of Independence (simplified) – United States

By |2018-10-02T07:57:25+00:00August 11th, 2017|History|

Declaration of Independence In 1776, soon after the beginning of the American Revolutionary War, the leaders of the war got together to write a letter to the King of England, George III. More about King George More about the American Revolution They wanted to explain why they were fighting to be their own country, independent [...]

Jean-Jacques Rousseau – European philosophy

By |2018-04-08T11:14:29+00:00August 7th, 2017|Modern Europe, Philosophy|

Jean-Jacques Rousseau, a European philosopher Rousseau was born in 1712 AD into a Protestant family living in Geneva, and his mother died of an infection she caught while he was being born. Like the earlier philosopher Astell, Jean-Jacques Rousseau's family was not rich, and like her Rousseau didn't get to go to school much. At 13 his uncle [...]

David Hume – European philosophy

By |2018-04-24T09:15:54+00:00August 6th, 2017|Modern Europe, Philosophy|

David Hume, the European philosopher Soon after Hobbes and Locke died, starting in 1739 AD, David Hume published more important books about philosophy. Hume disagreed with Descartes' idea that people did what their reason or logic told them was best. Hume thought people were more likely to just do what they wanted, even if they knew it was wrong [...]

Hume project – European philosophy

By |2018-04-08T11:14:26+00:00August 6th, 2017|Modern Europe, Philosophy|

David Hume, the European philosopher So David Hume died of cancer in 1776 AD, just as Americans were writing the Declaration of Independence. Hume's ideas had a huge effect on the Declaration of Independence, but he would probably have disagreed with Thomas Jefferson and the other Founding Fathers on some points too. What might Hume have [...]