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11 08, 2017

American food history – tacos to… tacos!

By |2018-04-24T09:45:59-07:00August 11th, 2017|Food, North America|0 Comments

People eating in Virginia, about 1550 AD (from the British Museum) Native American food In 1500 AD, most of the people living in North America, like the Pueblo, the Cherokee, the Iroquois, and the Mississippians, ate mainly beans and corn and squash. Sometimes people ate their corn baked into tacos or tortillas; other times people boiled corn into mush or soup. To go with [...]

10 08, 2017

What is sharecropping?

By |2019-09-14T06:45:51-07:00August 10th, 2017|North America|6 Comments

Sharecroppers picking cotton. See the little girl and the bigger boy? (ca 1890) How do people become sharecroppers? 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. How do people fall into debt? History of farming All our American [...]

1 08, 2017

Medieval food with recipes – European food in the Middle Ages

By |2019-09-13T06:48:25-07:00August 1st, 2017|Medieval|14 Comments

Medieval food: A man ladles porridge from a large pot over a fire Poor people's food was boring! In the Middle Ages in Europe, what people ate depended a lot on how rich they were. Poor people (which was almost everybody) ate mainly barley, or in some places oats. What's barley like? All about the history of [...]

23 07, 2017

Medieval Islamic food – Oranges and sugar

By |2019-10-02T05:35:29-07:00July 23rd, 2017|Food, Islam|1 Comment

Orange tree: medieval Islamic food included new sweet oranges What did medieval people eat? Around the Mediterranean, people continued in the Islamic period to rely on the three main foods from antiquity. Those were wheat (mostly bread), olive oil, and wine. Where does wheat come from? Wine and wine-making History of tea World history of food All our [...]

23 07, 2017

Medieval Islamic environment

By |2019-10-02T07:01:41-07:00July 23rd, 2017|Environment, Islam, West Asia|0 Comments

Bedouin tents today in the Arabian peninsula: Islamic environment Early medieval environment We can divide the environmental history of the medieval Islamic Empire into three different phases. The early phase, from the 600s to about 800 AD, is the time of the Umayyad and the Abbasid Caliphs. West Asian environment African environment Arabian [...]

23 07, 2017

Medieval Islamic economy – The Silk Road

By |2017-07-23T16:24:26-07:00July 23rd, 2017|Economy, Islam|0 Comments

Turkomen on the Silk Road with camels Just like under Persian or Sassanian rule, the economy of West Asia during the Islamic period depended very heavily on trade. The Silk Road ran right across the Islamic Empire. It reached east from China, to Tajikistan, to Uzbekistan, to Iran, to Iraq and Syria. Then it ran west to Lebanon, to the Byzantine Empire, and across the Mediterranean to Italy. Arab [...]

22 06, 2017

Where do oranges and lemons come from?

By |2019-09-14T06:38:36-07:00June 22nd, 2017|China|8 Comments

Oranges and lemons come from earlier fruits; this is a type of citron called Buddha's Hand Wild ancestors of oranges and lemons The first wild ancestors of oranges and lemons probably evolved in Australia and New Guinea. The first people probably began eating them soon after they arrived in Australia, about 30,000 BC. [...]

8 06, 2017

Sharecroppers and cotton – American History

By |2018-04-18T18:43:37-07:00June 8th, 2017|Clothing, North America|0 Comments

Sharecroppers and cotton: Cotton pickers in the 1800s AD Slavery and the cotton gin The invention of the cotton gin in 1793 AD made it possible for enslaved people to produce cotton cheaply enough so cotton was now the cheapest kind of cloth. Tens of thousands of black people worked hard as slaves [...]