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21 08, 2017

Where do Easter eggs come from? History of religion

By |2019-03-22T11:44:51-07:00August 21st, 2017|Religion|0 Comments

Ostrich eggshell from Diepkloof Rock Shelter, South Africa (60,000 BC) When did people start dyeing eggs? Easter eggs go back long before Easter, and even long before the beginning of farming. As long ago as the Paleolithic, about 60,000 BC, people in Africa were scratching patterns and lines on ostrich eggs, though nobody knows what they had in [...]

14 08, 2017

Quakers – Society of Friends – Religion

By |2017-08-14T23:37:27-07:00August 14th, 2017|Modern Europe, North America, Religion|0 Comments

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. [...]

14 08, 2017

Puritans – American religion

By |2017-08-14T15:33:52-07:00August 14th, 2017|Modern Europe, North America, Religion|0 Comments

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. [...]

14 08, 2017

American religion – history of religion

By |2018-04-09T23:07:32-07:00August 14th, 2017|Native American, North America, Religion|0 Comments

Rock Art from Utah, about 1700 AD In 1500 AD, there were many different religious faiths across North America. Each group of people worshipped their own gods. All of these faiths did have some things in common though. All of them were polytheistic. (They worshipped many gods.) And all of them thought some of their gods [...]

14 08, 2017

Anne Hutchinson – A Puritan leader

By |2019-01-27T19:13:57-07:00August 14th, 2017|North America, Religion|0 Comments

Boston in the time of Anne Hutchinson Anne Hutchinson's backstory Anne Hutchinson was born in 1603, the same year that Queen Elizabeth died. Her father was a Puritan minister in England. Like Margaret Cavendish about the same time, Hutchinson was home-schooled with her brothers and sisters. She became a Puritan like her father. Who were the Puritans? More [...]

14 08, 2017

Christmas – American holiday

By |2019-04-02T09:57:29-07:00August 14th, 2017|History|0 Comments

Big Horn Medicine Wheel in Wyoming (1300 AD) Native American origins of Christmas Even before 1500 AD, people in North America celebrated a winter religious festival when the days stopped getting shorter and began to get longer again. Native American religion Why are there seasons? All our Native American articles Many people built stone structures [...]

14 08, 2017

Anne Bradstreet – American literature

By |2019-01-27T08:41:53-07:00August 14th, 2017|Literature, North America|0 Comments

Anne Bradstreet Who was Anne Bradstreet? Anne Bradstreet was the first person who published English poetry in North America. She sailed from England to America with her husband and her parents and other Puritans in 1630, when she was 18 years old. Who were the Puritans? More American literature American History articles Anne Bradstreet and [...]

12 08, 2017

Thirteen states – American history

By |2017-08-12T09:44:31-07:00August 12th, 2017|History, North America|0 Comments

The first English settlement at Jamestown in 1607 The first European people who came to the east coast of North America, in the 1600s and 1700s, came for many different reasons, so their settlements were very different from each other. The earliest successful settlement was in Florida, in 1565 AD, when Spanish explorers founded the [...]

7 08, 2017

European religion – history of religion

By |2018-04-24T09:16:15-07:00August 7th, 2017|Modern Europe, Religion|0 Comments

Catholic monks and nuns In 1500 AD, most people in Europe were Christians. A fair number of Europeans were Jewish, and some were Muslims, especially in Eastern Europe. The Christians were split into two big groups - the Orthodox Christians, who mainly lived in Eastern Europe, and the Catholics, who mainly lived in Western Europe. During the [...]

7 08, 2017

Thomas Hobbes – European philosophy

By |2019-08-17T14:00:40-07:00August 7th, 2017|Modern Europe, Philosophy|0 Comments

Thomas Hobbes, a European philosopher When did Hobbes live? Thomas Hobbes (yes, he's the one that Calvin named his tiger after) lived in England, about fifty years after Calvin and about the same time as Descartes. He was born in 1588. Who was John Calvin? Who was René Descartes? All our modern Europe articles Hobbes' back story [...]