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Central and South American history – colonization

By |2018-04-29T10:45:08-07:00September 8th, 2017|Central America, History, South America|

South American history: Aztec doctor treating people with smallpox (1500s AD, Codex Mendoza) The Inca, Brazil, and Chile In 1500 AD, the Inca Empire dominated the east coast of South America. Further north, the Aztec empire under Montezuma II controlled Mexico and what is now Guatemala. In the center of South America was the Amazon rain forest. Many people lived [...]

Caribbean history – South America

By |2019-04-08T07:42:32-07:00September 8th, 2017|History, South America|

Arawak or Carib woman swimming with her kids - Caribbean islands ca. 1580 AD Who are the Carib people? Arawak people had conquered the Caribbean islands about 300 BC. Then about 1200 AD, Carib people started trying to conquer the Arawak. In the middle of this process, with some islands Carib and others still Arawak, the [...]

History of Brazil – Brazil and colonization

By |2019-02-22T06:00:17-07:00September 8th, 2017|History, South America, Where|

History of Brazil: The Tapuia people, ca. 1650 (by Albert Eckhout) Tupi war with Tapuia In the late 1400s AD, the Tupi people had just won a big war with the Tapuia people. They had gotten control of the Atlantic coast of South America (modern Brazil). They forced most of the Tapuia people inland. So the [...]

What is yellow fever? – History of medicine

By |2019-03-28T12:19:12-07:00September 7th, 2017|Africa, Science|

Kids with yellow fever in Mississippi about 1870. See how all the people are white? The hospital wasn't letting black kids in, or hiring black women as nurses. Where did yellow fever get started? The virus that causes yellow fever probably evolved from an earlier virus that didn't make people sick. The first cases of [...]

Napoleon – European History

By |2017-08-05T23:25:31-07:00August 5th, 2017|History, Modern Europe|

Napoleon in 1806 Right after the French Revolution, a lot of people in France were wondering, what sort of government did they really want? People wanted democracy, but on the other hand they were tired of the Revolution killing so many people and not getting much done. A young general, Napoleon, took advantage of the [...]

Why do mosquitoes bite? Biology

By |2018-04-15T17:18:17-07:00May 25th, 2017|Biology|

Mosquitoes bite people: A mosquito on human skin Like bees, mosquitoes evolved from earlier flies and dragonflies about 200 million years ago, during the Jurassic period. Mosquitoes have six legs like other insects. Also like bees, mosquitoes evolved to eat pollen from the new flowers that appeared about this time. And like bees, mosquitoes [...]