A History of Just About Everything: 180 Events, People and by Elizabeth MacLeod, Frieda Wishinsky, Qin Leng

By Elizabeth MacLeod, Frieda Wishinsky, Qin Leng

From Buddha and Muhammad to King and Mandela, from the invention of fireside to the discovery of the realm huge net, and from Romeo and Juliet to Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, this can be a thorough and carefully enjoyable compendium of significant humans and occasions.

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RIPPLES More Spaniards arrived in Cortés’s footsteps. Some came to conquer the tribes of the Americas, while others came to settle. They built estates and replaced Aztec religious sites with Christian churches. The Spanish left a strong mark on the language and culture of Mexico and other parts of South America. 45 1520 S Suleiman rules the Ottoman Empire uleiman the Magnificent ruled the Ottoman Empire from 1520 till his death in 1566. His rule became known as the Golden Age of the Ottoman Empire.

Starting in 1510, European sailing ships arrived on the west coast of Africa from Europe full of money, guns, alcohol and other goods to trade for slaves. Africans were crammed onto the ships for a miserable voyage across the Atlantic Ocean to the Americas. It was so bad that some jumped overboard knowing they would drown. The Africans who survived the journey arrived in Brazil, the Caribbean or the United States. There, they were put on display like animals for plantation owners to bid on them.

Art critics continue to examine her smile to figure out how da Vinci made it so puzzling. The Mona Lisa was one of the first portraits to show a person against an imaginary background. And da Vinci was one of the first painters to use atmospheric perspective. That’s the effect the atmosphere has on the appearance of a distant object — you can see his use of it in the Mona Lisa, too. One reason da Vinci was such an amazing artist was that he spent a lot of time observing things. This also made him a good inventor.

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