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Early Cheyenne history – Native Americans

By |2018-04-07T17:05:53+00:00September 28th, 2017|History, North America|

Cheyenne history: For a long time, Cheyenne people lived in Minnesota, along rivers like this one. Algonquin and Cheyenne Cheyenne people are related to the Algonquin people. From the Paleo-Indian period onward Cheyenne people lived in the Great Lakes area (in modern Minnesota). They were related to other Algonquin people like the Blackfoot and the Cree. "Cheyenne" is [...]

Where does chewing gum come from? Central America

By |2018-04-12T08:53:22+00:00September 8th, 2017|Central America, Food|

Sapodilla tree - where chewing gum comes from Nobody knows when the first person began to chew gobs of sap from trees, but it was probably before they were really even people. Certainly somebody was chewing gobs of tree sap as early as 3000 BC in Finland. People also chewed gum in ancient Greece, early North America, [...]

What is measles? History of diseases and medicine

By |2018-04-25T17:11:36+00:00September 7th, 2017|History, Science|

A kid with measles Measles is a sickness that first makes you feel sick, with a fever, a cough, and a runny nose. Then it gives you a rash all over your skin. It is caused by a virus, and you usually catch it by touching a person with measles, or touching something they [...]

Quakers – Society of Friends – Religion

By |2017-08-14T23:37:27+00:00August 14th, 2017|Modern Europe, North America, Religion|

A Quaker wedding (1800s in England) In 1648 AD, some people in England felt unhappy with the way Puritan Christians were praying to God. So they started to do things their own way. One early Quaker was a man named George Fox. But generally the Quakers (who call themselves the Friends) had no leaders, priests, or ministers. [...]

Puritans – American religion

By |2017-08-14T15:33:52+00:00August 14th, 2017|Modern Europe, North America, Religion|

A Puritan family about 1563 About 1563 AD, some people in England decided that they wanted to follow a way of life that they thought would be more according to what the Christian God wanted. They called themselves "the godly", but other people called them "Puritans." Puritan people, like Calvinists, thought only God decided whether you got into Heaven. [...]

Tom Sawyer project – Mark Twain

By |2017-08-14T10:51:03+00:00August 14th, 2017|Literature, North America|

Tom Sawyer (1876) The first time you read Tom Sawyer, you'll want to just read it fast all the way through, because it's an exciting story. The second time, slow down and think about just what Mark Twain is telling you about the world. Try this: make a list of ten times that a grown-up tells [...]

Louisiana Purchase – American history

By |2018-05-04T11:11:14+00:00August 13th, 2017|History, Native American, North America|

Louisiana Purchase: What Europeans were claiming Before the Louisiana purchase In 1800 AD, Native Americans still controlled most of North America. But Spain, France, Britain and the United States were busy fighting over who got to conquer it. Native Americans and Spain Spain was trying to conquer the land along the West Coast and the Southwest, and Florida. But most of that [...]

The United States expands – American history

By |2018-04-18T09:53:59+00:00August 13th, 2017|History, North America|

What Europeans were claiming In 1803, the French emperor Napoleon needed money to rebuild France's army after the French Revolution. So he agreed to sell France's land in North America to the newly formed United States. We call this the Louisiana Purchase, but the French sold much more than just the modern state of Louisiana. The land they [...]

Comanche history – Native Americans

By |2018-04-24T10:40:21+00:00August 12th, 2017|History, Native American|

Comanche women (1800s) From Shoshone to Comanche Pueblo people captured Spanish horses in the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 AD, and they sold some of those horses to the Shoshone, in what is now Wyoming. The Shoshone who had horses split off from the other Shoshone. They called themselves the Nermernuh, but their Ute neighbors called them the Comanche. [...]

Equal rights for some – American government

By |2017-12-19T17:34:49+00:00August 11th, 2017|Government, North America|

Equal rights for women? Abigail Adams During and after the American Revolution, the rich white men were writing the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Many people who were not rich, or white, or men thought maybe this was their chance to get equal rights too. They wrote to the men who were writing [...]