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What is sharecropping?

By |2017-08-10T23:21:14+00:00August 10th, 2017|Economy, North America|

Sharecroppers picking cotton. See the little girl and the bigger boy? (ca 1890) When people didn't own any land, or they lost their land because of not being able to pay back money or food they borrowed, they often became sharecroppers. This means that they would farm land that belonged to somebody else (usually a rich man, because [...]

Ancient Greek weather

By |2018-04-22T18:44:29+00:00July 6th, 2017|Environment, Greeks|

Greek weather and environment: a map of Greece The weather in ancient Greece, like the weather in most places, changed with the seasons. Greek weather also depended on whether you were in Northern Greece (near Thermopylae) or in Southern Greece (near Sparta). In the spring, it would be pretty rainy, especially in Northern [...]

Farming in Ancient Egypt

By |2018-04-19T13:24:01+00:00June 13th, 2017|Africa, Economy, Egypt, Food|

Egyptian farming: Ancient Egyptian cattle plowing (Louvre Museum, Paris) The Egyptians started farming a little later than their neighbors in West Asia and about the same time as other people around the world, probably around 10,000 BC, but definitely by 5200 BC. At first people farmed by just digging a hole in the ground for [...]

Organizing farm work – History of farming

By |2018-04-19T10:27:38+00:00June 12th, 2017|Economy|

Egyptian wall painting of farm work Family farms Maybe when people first started farming, each family pretty much farmed by itself. Mom and Dad and the kids planted the grain and the vegetables, and later they harvested them. And throughout antiquity and the middle ages, many farms were family farms that worked just like [...]

History of farming – the beginning of agriculture

By |2018-04-19T15:03:04+00:00June 12th, 2017|Economy, West Asia|

History of farming: A field of wheat When did people start farming? People did not farm as a major way of getting food until around 12,000 BC. About that time, there was a climate change that made more food plants grow than before. Everybody got more to eat with less work than earlier [...]