A BRIEF HISTORY OF COLOMBIA

By Tim Lambert Early Colombia For thousands of years before Europeans arrived Amerindians lived in what is now Colombia. Some lived by fishing and hunting but some lived by farming. The first Spaniard to land in the area was Alonso de Ojeda in 1500. However, there was no permanent Spanish settlement until 1533 when Cartagena… Continue reading A BRIEF HISTORY OF COLOMBIA

A BRIEF HISTORY OF COSTA RICA

By Tim Lambert Early Costa Rica At the beginning of the 16th century the indigenous people of Costa Rica were divided into tribes of farmers. They had created a sophisticated society. However on 18 September 1502 Christopher Columbus sighted Costa Rica. In the mid 16th century the Spanish gradually conquered Costa Rica. However it lacked… Continue reading A BRIEF HISTORY OF COSTA RICA

A BRIEF HISTORY OF CRIMEA

By Tim Lambert Early Crimea The ancient Greeks founded colonies in Crimea after 600 BC. They built cities and ports but they did not conquer the whole peninsula. In the 1st century BC, the Romans conquered parts of Crimea. However, people from central Asia called the Goths conquered eastern Crimea in the 3rd century. Later,… Continue reading A BRIEF HISTORY OF CRIMEA

A Brief History of Cuba

By Tim Lambert The first European to reach Cuba was Christopher Columbus in 1492. At that time the indigenous people lived by farming. They grew cassava, maize, and yams. They also smoked tobacco. In 1511 Diego Velasquez conquered the island of Cuba and he founded several settlements including Havana. The natives were devastated by European… Continue reading A Brief History of Cuba

A BRIEF HISTORY OF DENMARK

By Tim Lambert ANCIENT DENMARK The first humans in Denmark arrived about 10,000 BC after the last Ice Age. The first Danes were Stone Age hunters and fishermen. However, about 4,000 BC farming was introduced into Denmark. The earliest Danish farmers used stone tools and weapons. However, in about 1,800 BC bronze was introduced into… Continue reading A BRIEF HISTORY OF DENMARK

A BRIEF HISTORY OF ENGLAND

By Tim Lambert Prehistoric and Ancient England About 4,500 BC farming was introduced into what is now England. Using stone axes the farmers began clearing the forests that covered England. They grew crops of wheat and barley and they raised herds of cattle, pigs, and sheep. However as well as farming, they also hunted animals… Continue reading A BRIEF HISTORY OF ENGLAND

A BRIEF HISTORY OF ESTONIA

By Tim Lambert EARLY ESTONIA The Estonians are a Finno-Ugric people related to the Finns. A first-century Roman writer named Tacitus mentioned the Estonians. He called them the Aesti. Amber was exported from Estonia to other parts of Europe. However, for centuries the tribes of Estonia had little contact with Western civilization. They traded with… Continue reading A BRIEF HISTORY OF ESTONIA