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Europe’s economy in the 1800s

By |2018-04-16T10:32:28+00:00August 4th, 2017|Economy, Modern Europe|

A British merchant ship in the Caribbean, in the 1860s By 1800 AD, France, Britain, and Spain were all getting rich. They used their strong armies and navies to take wood, food, and cotton from other countries without paying for them. France was taking things from West Africa and Haiti. Britain was taking stuff from India, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. [...]

Farming in Ancient Egypt

By |2018-04-19T13:24:01+00:00June 13th, 2017|Africa, Economy, Egypt, Food|

Egyptian farming: Ancient Egyptian cattle plowing (Louvre Museum, Paris) The Egyptians started farming a little later than their neighbors in West Asia and about the same time as other people around the world, probably around 10,000 BC, but definitely by 5200 BC. At first people farmed by just digging a hole in the ground for [...]

History of farming – the beginning of agriculture

By |2018-04-19T15:03:04+00:00June 12th, 2017|Economy, West Asia|

History of farming: A field of wheat When did people start farming? People did not farm as a major way of getting food until around 12,000 BC. About that time, there was a climate change that made more food plants grow than before. Everybody got more to eat with less work than earlier [...]

Who domesticated cattle? Central Asia

By |2018-04-18T23:54:16+00:00June 12th, 2017|Central Asia|

History of cows: Cows in a field The wild auroch Cattle are the tame version of the wild aurochs that used to live on the grass plains of Asia, Africa, and Europe. About 5000 BC, people in Central Asia began to keep tame cattle. At first people just kept cattle for their meat [...]