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Where are sweet potatoes from? Central America

By |2018-04-19T15:42:19-07:00June 23rd, 2017|Central America, Food|

Sweet potatoes People in both North America and South America ate lots of sweet potatoes. That's because sweet potatoes are very good for you. They have lots of calcium, potassium, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C, and your body needs all of those things. Plus, sweet potatoes taste good. They are very sweet, which [...]

Best sweet potato pie recipe

By |2017-06-22T02:30:59-07:00June 22nd, 2017|Food, North America|

Sweet potato pie You can make a sweet potato pie at home, to find out more about sweet potatoes. Start by peeling 3 medium-sized red garnet sweet potatoes (they might call them yams at the store). Use a very sharp knife to cut up the sweet potatoes into smaller chunks (quarters or eighths). [...]

How to make Peruvian peanut stew

By |2018-04-19T15:03:05-07:00June 22nd, 2017|Food, South America|

Clay model of Moche people eating To eat what Chavin or Moche or Nazca people might have eaten, try making this delicious Peruvian stew. It's filling and vegan! Fill a large saucepan about half full of water. Peel six potatoes and cut them into bite-size pieces, and put them in the water to [...]

Native American Scavenger Hunt

By |2018-04-18T23:40:06-07:00June 11th, 2017|Food, Native American, Science|

Native American Scavenger hunt: Blueberries are a Native fruit! Finding Native things at home How many things can you find around your house that Native American people had before 1500 AD (before the European invasion)? If you don't find many around your house, how many can you find in a grocery store or [...]

Food in Qing Dynasty China

By |2018-04-19T15:03:14-07:00June 4th, 2017|China, Food|

Chinese sweet potato noodles In 1506 AD, the first Portuguese sailing ships - led by Columbus' cousin - reached China, and then more and more European ships came. These European ships brought (among other things) many new foods to China. Chinese people already knew about European food, but the traders brought new foods [...]

Silk Road and Silver – Chinese economy

By |2018-04-18T09:54:05-07:00June 4th, 2017|China, Economy|

Farmers reaping millet or wheat Just like in earlier times, most men and women in Qing Dynasty China were farmers, who spent most of their time planting seeds, weeding, and harvesting. Mostly they grew rice (in southern China) and wheat and millet (in northern China). Even today, almost three out of four people in [...]

History of Angola – African History

By |2019-01-26T14:51:03-07:00May 24th, 2017|Africa, History|

Kingdom of Ndongo In 1500 AD, some of the people who lived in what is now Angola were Bantu and some were San. A Bantu man from Congo, Kiluanje, probably started the kingdom of Ndongo there. Ndongo was sometimes pretty much independent, but at other times the rulers of Kongo also ruled Ndongo. Earlier South [...]