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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 Sumerians? Mesopotamia – West Asian history

By | 2017-12-24T16:26:38+00:00 September 14th, 2017|History, West Asia|

Sumerians - Head of a woman from Warka, about 3000 BC About the same time as the first Pharaohs were coming to power in Egypt, around 3100 BC, a group of people known as the Sumerians were living in Mesopotamia. That's the area between the Tigris and the Euphrates rivers, in West Asia (modern Iraq). The Sumerians themselves [...]

West Asia in the Stone Age

By | 2017-09-14T18:20:22+00:00 September 14th, 2017|History, West Asia|

Building at Gobekli Tepe (ca. 9000 BC) By around 10,000 BC, people in West Asia were beginning to settle down in one place instead of travelling around, even though they were still hunting and gathering. Probably this was because the end of the Ice Age was making West Asia so warm and wet and fertile that people didn't need [...]

Ancient history timeline: 10,000-4000 BC – the Stone Age

By | 2017-12-28T22:42:46+00:00 September 10th, 2017|History, West Asia, When|

Ancient history timeline: Building at Gobekli Tepe in what is now  Turkey (ca. 9000 BC) Beginning of farming Around 10,000 BC, with the end of the last major Ice Age, people all over the world - not everyone, but a lot of people - began to shift from fishing and hunting and gathering to farming as their main way of getting food. Farming [...]

Before 10,000 BC – World history timeline

By | 2017-09-10T15:46:03+00:00 September 10th, 2017|Africa, History|

Sibidu Cave, South Africa. People lived here from about 77,000 BC until about 38,000 years ago. In the early years of human history, beginning with the earliest humans about two million years ago, every place in the world was in the Stone Age, and all the people in the world got their food by hunting and gathering. For a [...]

Who were the Nazca? South American history

By | 2017-09-09T17:04:12+00:00 September 9th, 2017|History, South America|

Nazca lines - a giant monkey drawn on the desert floor After the Chavin state collapsed about 250 BC, two new states formed in Peru - the Moche in the north and the Nazca in the south. So by about 100 BC, the Nazca were between the Moche and the Mapuche to their south, in what is now Chile, and [...]

Who were the Guarani? South American history

By | 2017-09-09T08:55:29+00:00 September 9th, 2017|History, South America|

Guarani people performing a dance in the 1800s When the first Tupi people expanded their territory from Central America to reach the coast of Brazil about 900 BC, some of them kept on moving south along the Atlantic coast. About a thousand years later, maybe about 1 AD, some of those Tupi people moved inland, abandoning their [...]

Brazil’s early history – South America

By | 2017-09-08T22:52:53+00:00 September 8th, 2017|History, South America|

Venus of Santarem (Brazil, ca. 1400-1000 BC) The first people probably arrived on the Atlantic coast of South America about 15,000 BC, following the Atlantic coastline south from Central America. Probably a second wave of people followed them around 11,000 BC. It's also possible that other people reached South America by boat from Australia or Indonesia. [...]

Who are the Arawak? – South American history

By | 2017-09-08T17:33:50+00:00 September 8th, 2017|History, South America|

Arawak family in Trinidad, ca. 1500 AD The Arawak probably first arrived in South America with the second wave of people, around 15,000 BC. They were probably fishing people with canoes or boats, travelling south along the Atlantic coastline following the fish. The Arawak settled first in what is now Venezuela, along the Orinoco River, eating a lot [...]