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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 [...]

Modern European religion

By |2018-04-09T23:07:35+00:00August 7th, 2017|History, Modern Europe, Religion|

A Catholic bishop marries Napoleon and Josephine Even though by 1802 Napoleon had opened up the Catholic churches again, French people kept their freedom of religion, and the Catholic Church had much less power in France. Soon Catholics and Protestants lost power in other European countries too. In 1803, the Catholic Church lost its land [...]

Where do bananas grow today?

By |2017-06-20T15:01:39+00:00June 20th, 2017|Central America, Food|

Bananas growing on a banana tree Bananas were the hip new food in Europe in the 1400s AD, so it's not surprising that the first Portuguese sailors who came to the Americas brought banana seeds with them. The sailors wanted to try growing bananas in the Caribbean and Brazil, just as they brought [...]