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Ottoman Empire in the 1700s

By |2018-09-14T12:20:31+00:00September 11th, 2017|History, West Asia|

Enderun Library, Topkapi Palace (Istanbul, 1719) Rabia rules the Ottoman Empire By 1703 AD, people were unhappy enough with Feyzullah Efendi that the Sultan killed him. Wait, who's Feyzullah Efendi? (Ottomans in the 1600s) Rabia's war with Russia The Sultan's mother, Rabia Gulnus, took charge of the government. Rabia's main worry was Peter the [...]

Colonization timeline – 1500 AD to modern times

By |2018-04-18T23:56:02+00:00September 10th, 2017|Africa, History, When|

Tenochtitlan under attack (painted in the 1600s) Beginning about 1500 AD, Europeans took advantage of new advances in sail technology to invade and take over most of the world beyond Europe. Their colonization had disastrous effects for the people they conquered. The Europeans began by sailing down the Atlantic coast of Africa. They went around Africa to India. And [...]

American economic history

By |2018-04-24T10:39:10+00:00August 10th, 2017|Economy, North America|

Women and men farming in south-eastern North America (1500s AD) Just as in India,China, or Europe, most of the people who lived in North America around 1500 AD were farmers. There were also some people who hunted and gathered their food, like the Cree people who gathered wild rice, or the Chinook people who fished for salmon. Traders kept on shipping metals, stone, shell and furs [...]

Colonization and Empire – Europe

By |2018-04-08T21:33:36+00:00August 5th, 2017|History, Modern Europe|

British colonialist in a litter carried by local men Napoleon's empire in Europe ended a lot of the old powers. But when Napoleon lost power in 1815 AD, rich men just built new empires. Even though the Enlightenment and the French Revolution had tried to bring political equality to everyone, the 1800s were a time of tremendous inequality instead. [...]

Machine-made clothing – Europe 1600s-1800s

By |2018-04-08T11:14:14+00:00August 4th, 2017|Clothing, Modern Europe|

India cotton (1600s AD) In the early 1600s AD, traders began to bring cotton cloth to Europe on sailing ships from India. People thought this cotton cloth was very convenient - it was pretty, with patterns of flowers on it, and it was easier to wash than linen or wool, and cooler in the summer. With the Industrial Revolution of the late [...]

Honey spreads around the world – Bee keeping

By |2018-12-10T17:04:43+00:00June 22nd, 2017|Food|

Bee-keeping reaches West Asia: a wax writing tablet from Uluburun shipwreck off the coast of modern Turkey (1300 BC) Bee-keeping reaches the Eastern Mediterranean By 2400 BC, people were keeping bees in hives in Egypt, but nobody was keeping bees anywhere else in the world. Bee-keeping took thousands of years to spread around [...]