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Who were the Harappans? History of India

By |2018-11-23T12:45:43+00:00July 20th, 2017|History, India|

Harappan Seal Who were the Harappans? Around 4500 BC, some new people from West Asia moved into the Indus Valley and mixed with the Mehrgahr people who were already there. They brought some West Asian foods with them: lentils, and then later chickpeas. They also brought flax, to make linen clothing, and safflowers for their oil. And they brought, [...]

Who were the Mughals? The Mughal Empire – History of India

By |2018-01-08T22:51:50+00:00July 19th, 2017|History, India, Where|

Mughal Empire - Babur, first Mughal ruler Timur's descendants: the Mughal Empire Timur's empire collapsed when he died in 1405 AD. Then the Mongols lost control of India for a while. Local Muslim leaders formed small states in northern India. But a generation later, Mongol leaders invaded India again and forced the Indians into a new empire, the Mughal Empire. [...]

Modern India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh

By |2018-09-12T05:56:56+00:00July 19th, 2017|History, India|

Modern India: Jawaharlal Nehru in his famous Nehru hat Who ruled India and Pakistan after independence? India became independent in 1946. Jawaharlal Nehru, the son of a powerful Congress leader, was the first Prime Minister of  India. Liaquat Ali Khan was the first Prime Minister of Pakistan. Why did India and Pakistan split into two [...]

Gandhi and India’s independence

By |2018-09-26T05:45:51+00:00July 19th, 2017|History, India|

Indian National Congress (1885) with Gandhi in it Indian National Congress By the 1880s, India was becoming a very poor country. That was because the British government made all their choices to make Britain richer, and they didn't care what happened to India. Read about British India Lots more India articles But Britain got richer and [...]

Where are the Himalaya Mountains? India

By |2018-04-21T11:56:45+00:00June 25th, 2017|China, Geology, India|

Himalaya Mountains About 55 million years ago, plate tectonics made the land that is now India break off from what is now Africa. At this time, the first modern mammals like rats and guinea pigs were evolving, and most of the Earth was covered in forests. For five million years India floated slowly [...]

Where do almonds come from? West Asian food

By |2018-04-16T12:29:37+00:00June 20th, 2017|Food|

Almonds drying after harvest (Southern Spain) Wild almonds are related to peaches and apples. Almonds probably evolved about the same time, around five million years ago. Like peach trees and apple trees, almond trees made cyanide poison. That kept sheep and goats and rabbits from eating their fruit. Peach trees grew in East Asia (China), [...]

White Huns – Central Asian history

By |2017-05-31T12:20:22+00:00May 31st, 2017|Central Asia, History|

A White Hun coin In the 300s AD, the White Huns were living in the kingdom of the Rouran, in Central Asia north-west of China. Probably the White Huns were mostly Indo-Europeans who spoke a language related to Sogdian and Persian, but there were Turkic people among the White Huns as well. The White [...]

The Silk Road to the Great Game – Central Asian History

By |2017-05-30T17:31:17+00:00May 30th, 2017|Central Asia, History|

A melon stall in Central Asia After Tamerlane died in 1405, his Altaic people kept on ruling Central Asia, but not as one big empire. There were lots of little countries all across Central Asia. These countries did well at first, but the collapse of the Mongol Empire soon brought sad changes to [...]