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South American environment

By |2018-04-19T15:03:07-07:00September 8th, 2017|Environment, South America|

The Andes mountains run down the Pacific side of South America South America is a long, narrow continent running from the equator down nearly to the South Pole. So the north part of South America, near the equator, is generally hot and wet. In the south part of South America, near the South Pole, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

African Economy – Early Modern

By |2018-04-19T15:03:14-07:00May 24th, 2017|Africa, Economy|

Early modern African economy: Guinea Cloth (Cotton) Early Modern African economy In the late 1400s AD, Portuguese traders figured out how to sail to West Africa instead of getting there by caravan routes across the Sahara Desert. West African traders sold these newcomers mostly enslaved people, but also locally made cotton cloth, colored [...]

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 [...]

History of Botswana – African History

By |2019-02-20T21:56:38-07:00May 24th, 2017|Africa, History|

History of Botswana: Where is Botswana? Tswana people in the 1500s In 1500 AD, the Tswana people lived in what is now Botswana. That's in the middle of the southern part of Africa. The Tswana were mostly millet farmers and cattle herders. Early South Africa Medieval African history All our Africa articles They were descended from [...]