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Anne Hutchinson – A Puritan leader

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

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 [...]

Ute get horses – American history

By |2017-08-14T09:57:14-07:00August 14th, 2017|History|

Utes riding horses in the 1800s AD During the 1500s AD, the Utes had not yet seen any European invaders. They were still living in Utah and Colorado the way they had been living before. In the 1630s, a few Spanish explorers came to Ute territory and so people saw white men for the first [...]

The Navajo get sheep – American history

By |2017-08-13T22:25:08-07:00August 13th, 2017|History, Native American|

Navajo with sheep Navajo people moved south into the south-west part of North America from their home in Canada about 1400 AD. So when the Spanish invaders came in the 1500s, the Navajo (Dine is what they call themselves) were themselves pretty new to the area. When the Navajo arrived, they had been nomads, who lived [...]

Californians fight the Missions

By |2018-10-02T07:43:05-07:00August 12th, 2017|History, Native American|

Ohlone people crossing San Francisco Bay, with a European wool blanket (Louis Choris, 1816 AD) Native people in California In 1500 AD, California was a popular place to live. About one out of every three people living in what would become the United States lived in California. Early Native Californians More articles about [...]

Navajo houses – American architecture

By |2017-08-10T15:25:24-07:00August 10th, 2017|Architecture, Native American, North America|

Can you see the sheepskins? How about the television? (1973) When people met the first Spanish explorers in the 1500s AD, most Navajo people were living in hogans. By trading with the Spanish settlers in the 1500s and 1600s AD, Navajo people were able to improve their hogans. First people got sheep from the Spanish settlers, and [...]

Parchment and the history of books

By |2018-04-21T13:19:57-07:00July 27th, 2017|Literature, West Asia|

Pseudo-Apuleius, Herbarium (about 600 AD, now in Leiden) Scribes carved the first writing on wet clay tablets, but soon after that, about 3000 BC, the Egyptians invented papyrus, and by about 500 BC most people in West Asia and the Mediterranean used papyrus for writing. They couldn't make papyrus, though, because papyrus reeds wouldn't grow in their countries, and they had to buy [...]

Early Arabia – Arabian peninsula

By |2018-04-23T15:27:01-07:00July 23rd, 2017|History, Islam|

Ibex hunt from Yemen, 0-300 AD People probably first arrived in the Arabian peninsula about 60,000 BC,, crossing over the Sinai from Egypt or going all around the coast in their small boats. Some went on to Iran and India, but others settled down in the Arabian peninsula. Mostly they gathered seaweed and seafood, and fished from their boats. By about 2500 BC, Arabian traders were selling [...]

Judgment of Paris – Trojan War

By |2019-03-29T20:45:51-07:00July 16th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Judgment of Paris -Paris is on the right (A fresco from Pompeii, ca. 79 AD) Who is the most beautiful? Once upon a time, around 1250 BC, toward the end of the Bronze Age in Greece, three goddesses were having an argument (said the Greeks). The goddesses Aphrodite, Athena, and Hera were arguing about which one of them was the most beautiful. [...]

Who was Ajax? The Iliad – Greek mythology

By |2019-01-19T13:59:10-07:00July 14th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Ajax in the Iliad carrying the dead Achilles He brought back the body of Achilles Ajax was one of the great heroes of the Trojan War. He was the king of Salamis, near Athens. Homer says Ajax was a very big and strong man. Only his cousin Achilles, who he had gone to school with, was a better [...]

Neolithic Greece – the Late Stone Age

By |2018-04-23T07:23:54-07:00July 8th, 2017|Greeks, History|

Neolithic Greece: Sheep grazing under an olive tree Farming and herding By around 7000 BC there started to be more people in Greece. It became harder and harder to get all the food you needed just by gathering and hunting. So people began to farm. Farming was more work (and not as much [...]