Resources About History For Kids

Look back into history and learn about the people, places, and events of the past.

Read about the political dynasties that shaped the western world view in Western and Eastern European History. Find out why the sun never set on the British Empire. Trace the roots of civilization through Ancient History, or track the evolution of warfare in Military History.

Discover the Native peoples of the New World and how their history resonates today. Explore the north in Canadian History. Find your roots through the study of Genealogy.

Facts about Zulu For Kids

The Zulu are an African ethnic group whose members live mainly in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal, which lies between the Indian Ocean to the east and the Drakensberg mountain range to the west. The province stretches from the borders of Mozambique and Swaziland in the north to the Umzimkhulu River in the south. This is an agriculturally fertile region, […]

Facts about Wagon Trains For Kids

For purposes of protection and efficiency, traders and emigrants of the trans-Mississippi West before 1880 customarily gathered their wagons into more or less organized caravans or trains. William L. Sublette, a partner in the reorganized Rocky Mountain Fur Company, conducted a ten-wagon, mule-drawn train over the Oregon Trail from St. Louis, Missouri, as far as […]

Facts About The Yazoo Land Fraud For Kids

Yazoo land fraud, name given to the sale in 1795 by an act of the Georgia legislature of vast holdings in the Yazoo River country to four land companies following the wholesale bribery of the legislators; the territory comprised most of present Alabama and Mississippi. The companies involved were the Georgia, Georgia Mississippi, Upper Mississippi, […]

Facts for Kids About The American Fur Company

The American Fur Company represented John Jacob Astor’s bid to challenge the dominant Canadian fur companies operating within the boundaries of the United States, namely the North West Company and the Michilimackinac Company. A poor German immigrant, Astor became involved in the fur trade in 1784 in New York. By the end of the century, […]

June Fun Facts and Trivia

June is the sixth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars and one of the four months with a length of 30 days. The first is that the month is named after the Roman goddess Juno, wife of Jupiter and equivalent to the Greek goddess Hera; the second is that the name comes from the Latin word […]

Facts about Slavery

Slavery is a system under which people are treated as property to be bought and sold, and are forced to work. Slaves can be held against their will from the time of their capture, purchase or birth, and deprived of the right to leave, to refuse to work, or to demand compensation. Historically, slavery was […]

List of People Who Died During The Sinking of the Titanic

Titanic British passenger liner that sank on her maiden voyage on April14–15, 1912. The largest vessel of her time, she was sailing from Southampton to New York when she struck an iceberg in the north Atlantic. How many people died in the titanic? 1,500 men and women drown; 54 of them were children. Below you will find a list of the people […]

War in Iraq Timeline and Facts

In President George W. Bush’s state of the union speech, he identifies Iraq, along with Iran and North Korea, as an “axis of evil.” The UN Security Council revamps the sanctions against Iraq replacing them with “smart sanctions” meant to allow more civilian goods to enter the country while at the same time more effectively restricting military and dual-use equipment. Questions Answered Below About […]

The Titanic Timeline and Facts For Kids

The Titanic was a British liner that sank on the night of Apr. 14-15, 1912, less than three hours after crashing into an iceberg in the North Atlantic, South of Newfoundland. More than 1,500 lives were lost in that tragic accident. How many passengers were on the Titanic? The Titanic, thought to be the fastest ship afloat and was claimed by its […]

9-11 Attacks Timeline and Facts

Overview September 11, 2001, often referred to by many as “9/11,” was the date of the deadliest attack by foreign enemies on the United States. At 8:46 that morning, an American Airlines flight that had been commandeered by hijackers on a Boston to Los Angeles flight crashed into the north tower of New York City’s 110-story World Trade Center. Below you will find […]

Why did people go on pilgrimages in the Middle Ages?

A pilgrimage is a physical and a spiritual journey to a sacred site, either a church or a place where a saint may have appeared or a miracle is believed to have taken place. Most religions have the practice of the faithful making pilgrimages to holy places as a way to express their deep belief, […]

Pony Express History and Facts For Kids

The Pony Express was America’s first mail service that crossed the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains. It spanned from Missouri to California. The Express was in service for around one and a half years from 1860 until 1861. Despite the fact that the pony express was a successful way in which to deliver news across the country, the […]

What caused Shays’ Rebellion?

Shays’ Rebellion began in the summer of 1786 and lasted through the spring of 1787. It took place in the western part of Massachusetts, although similar circumstances and responses were to be found in all 13 states that formed the new country. Led by Daniel Shays, a farmhand who had served in the Continental Army and fought at Bunker Hill, Lexington and […]

Facts about The Middle Ages or Medieval Period for Kids

The Middle ages or Medieval period began with the collapse of the Western Roman Empire, and was followed by the Renaissance and the Age of Discovery. The Middle Ages is the middle period of the traditional division of Western history into Classical, Medieval, and Modern periods. In the Early Middle Ages, depopulation, deurbanization, and barbarian invasions, which began in Late Antiquity, continued. In the 7th […]

Facts About The Cuban Missile Crisis For Kids

The Cuban missile crisis—known as the October crisis in Cuba and the Caribbean crisis in the USSR—was a 13-day confrontation between the Soviet Union and Cuba on one side and the United States on the other; the crisis occurred in October 1962, during the Cold War. In August 1962, after some unsuccessful operations by the US to overthrow the Cuban regime (Bay of Pigs, Operation Mongoose), the Cuban and […]

Facts about 1973 For Kids

Famous Births Jan. 13: Nikolai Khabibulin – Chicago Blackhawks Mar. 01: Chris Webber – Sacramento Kings Alumni Mar. 30: Adam Goldstein, better known as DJ AM Apr. 01: Rachel Maddow – The Rachel Maddow Show Apr. 04: David Blaine – Musician Apr. 05: Pharrell Williams – Producer Apr. 14: Adrien Brody – Cadillac Records Apr. 28: Jorge […]

Timeline and Facts of The Civil Rights Movement

The civil rights movement, a nonviolent freedom movement to gain legal equality and the enforcement of constitutional rights for African Americans. The goals of the movement included securing equal protection under the law, ending legally established racial discrimination, and gaining equal access to public facilities, education reform, fair housing, and the ability to vote. September 2 – In Montgomery, Alabama, 23 black […]

Facts about the Ku Klux Klan

The Ku Klux Klan (KKK), informally known as the Klan or the “Hooded Order”, is the name of three distinct past and present far-right organizations in the United States, which have advocated extremist reactionary currents such as white supremacy, white nationalism, and anti-immigration, historically expressed through terrorism. The current manifestation is splintered into several chapters with […]

Facts about Zeppelins for Kids

A Zeppelin is a type of rigid airship pioneered by the German Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin in the early 20th century. Given the outstanding success of the Zeppelin design, the term zeppelin in casual use came to refer to all rigid airships. Zeppelins were first flown commercially in 1910 by Deutsche Luftschiffahrts-AG (DELAG), the world’s […]

The Roman Empire Timeline and Fun Facts

The decline of the Roman Empire was brought about by a number of reasons. The three primary reasons that caused the Roman Empire to fall were political, economic and military in nature. From the 4th to 5th century AD, the people at the helm of power in Rome were finding it increasingly difficult to defend […]

New England Colonies History and Facts For Kids

The four New England colonies were located in the northeast United States and were founded by Puritans looking for religious freedom. When were the colonies founded? John Winthrop who came over on the mayflower and eventually settled his people in present day Massachusetts in 1629. New Hampshire was also founded in 1629 by Reverend John Wheelright. The Connecticut colony was founded by Thomas Hooker […]

List of Causes of the Vietnam War

The chief cause of the Vietnam War focused on fears of the “Communist world revolution.” Both Democrats and Republicans viewed Vietnam as a test of the popular “domino theory.” Communist victory in Vietnam would begin the process of a deluge of terror in Southeast Asia. A February 1965 federal government “white paper” stated that, “South Vietnam is fighting for its life against a brutal campaign of terror and armed […]

A Spectacularly Failed Terrorist Attack on the United States

The 1919 Anarchists attacks across the United States was one of the largest and most forgotten of all terrorist incidents in US history. Foreign terrorists, bent on disrupting the entire US government, institute a series of more than 30 powerful mail bombs all set to go off on the same day. The hope is that […]

Cherokee Indians Facts and Information

The Cherokee are a group of Native Americans who used to live in the southern part of the Appalachian Mountains. Their territories covered the western parts of North Carolina and South Carolina, the northern parts of Alabama and Georgia, the southwestern part of Virginia, and parts of Tennessee and Kentucky. Traditionally, the Cherokee were only allowed to marry men and women from […]

Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria Facts

Having gotten permission and funds from Ferdinand and Isabella Columbus set about outfitting a little fleet for a trip across the “OceanSea” to find a faster route to China and India.Christopher Columbus departed from Spain on August 3, 1492, on a fleet of three ships: the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria. Nina and Pinta were both smaller, sleeker ships, called caravels. […]

July Fun Facts and Trivia

July is the seventh month of the year in the internationally-accepted Gregorian Calendar. At one time, July was known as “Augustus” in honor of Julius Caesar who was born in July. One of the first memorable days in July, Independence Day in the U.S., is commonly referred to as the 4th of July. Children may enjoy celebrating […]

October Fun Facts and Trivia

The Opal derives its name from the Latin word “opalus,” meaning precious jewel. Prized for its unique ability to refract and reflect specific wavelengths of light, the Opal was called “Cupid Paederos” by the Romans, meaning a child beautiful as love. What is Octobers Zodiac Sign? Libra: September 23 – October 22 Scorpio: October 23 – November 21 How […]

Reggae Music History and Facts For Kids

Over a short period of time, the Caribbean music has entertained the millions of music fans and has a really great influence on the rest of the world. A Caribbean island named Calypso, rock steady ska and dance hall have all evolved from each other and have fused into what we call today reggae music. This music genre has been so influenced […]

The Great Depression (1929 – 1941): Timeline, Facts, and Resources

The widespread prosperity of the 1920s ended abruptly with the stock market crash in October 1929 and the great economic depression that followed. The depression threatened people’s jobs, savings, and even their homes and farms. At the depths of the depression, over one-quarter of the American workforce was out of work. For many Americans, these were hard times. Causes […]

Fact about the Atlantic Slave Trade

The Atlantic slave trade or transatlantic slave trade took place across the Atlantic Ocean from the 16th through to the 19th centuries. The vast majority of slaves transported to the New World were Africans from the central and western parts of the continent, sold by Africans to European slave traders who then transported them to North and South America. […]

Facts about Jamestown Colony For Kids

Joint-stock companies in England had tried numerous times to establish a colony in North America. It was no sure thing that Jamestown would be the first. Jamestown was a settlement founded by the Virginia Company of London, a joint-stock company named for Elizabeth I – the “virgin queen” – that had been given a monopoly by King James I. […]

The Holocaust Historical Timeline and Facts

The Holocaust, also known as The Shoah, was the genocide of approximately six million European Jews during WW2, a program of systematic state-sponsored extermination by Nazi Germany. The genocide of these six million people was a genocide of two-thirds of the population of nine million Jews who had resided in Europe before the Holocaust. The term holocaust comes […]

Timeline of Historic Wars Throughout History

There is no question that the wars throughout history have changed many countries around the world. Some of the largest wars throughout history have involved the United States, France, Germany, and Great Britain. There have been countless movies made by Hollywood about the trials and tribulations of the wars and their effects on different cultures […]

The Revolutionary War: Timeline and Facts

What Famous People Were Part of the Revolutionary War? George Washington Thomas Jefferson Benjamin Franklin Betsy Ross Benedict Arnold What Battles Took Place During the Revolutionary War? Battle of Lexington Battle of Bunker Hill Battle of Long Island Battle of Ticonderoga Battle of Saratoga Battle of Yorktown Timeline and Fun Facts of the Revolutionary War 4/5/1764: […]

French Revolution: Facts and Timeline

Historians and academics disagree when it comes to determining what actually started the French Revolution To some extent at least, it started because the France’s economic and intellectual development was not matched by social and political change. In the fixed order of the ancient regime, most bourgeois were unable to exercise commensurate political and social influence. […]

The Korean War: Timeline and Facts

On 25 June 1950, the young Cold War suddenly turned hot, bloody and expensive. Within a few days, North Korea’s invasion of South Korea brought about a United Nations’ “police action” against the aggressors. That immediately produced heavy military and naval involvement by the United States. Korean War 1950 Throughout the summer of 1950, the U.S. and the other involved United Nations’ states scrambled to contain […]

The American Civil War: Facts and Timeline

The American Civil War between 1861 and 1865. Eleven southern states seceded from the United States and formed the Confederate States of America. The Confederates fought against the United States federal government, which comprised all the free states and the five border slave states. The American Civil War was a trans formative conflict in the […]

The Mexican American War: Timeline and Facts

What Caused the Mexican American War? Theory 1: Simply stated, a dictatorial Centralist government in Mexico began the war because of the U.S. annexation in 1945 of Texas, which Mexico continued to claim despite the establishment of the independent republic of Texas 10 years before. Theory 2: Some historians have argued, however, that the United […]

Vietnam War (1945-1960): Timeline, Facts, and Resources

March 9, 1945: Amid rumors of a possible American invasion, Japanese oust the French colonial government which had been operating independently and seize control of Vietnam, installing Bao Dai as their puppet ruler. July 1945: Following the defeat of Nazi Germany, WW2 Allies including the U.S., Britain, and Soviet Union, hold the Potsdam Conference in […]

Vietnam War (1961-1964): Timeline, Facts, and Resource

January 1961: Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev pledges support for “wars of national liberation” throughout the world. His statement greatly encourages Communists in North Vietnam to escalate their armed struggle to unify Vietnam under Ho Chi Minh. January 20, 1961: John Fitzgerald Kennedy is inaugurated as the 35th U.S. President and declares “…we shall pay any […]

Vietnam War (1965-1968): Timeline, Facts, and Resources

January 20, 1965: Lyndon B. Johnson takes the oath as president and declares, “We can never again stand aside, prideful in isolation. Terrific dangers and troubles that we once called “foreign” now constantly live among us…” January 27, 1965: General Khanh seizes full control of South Vietnam’s government. January 27, 1965: Johnson aides, National Security […]

Vietnam War (1969-1975): Timeline, Facts, and Resources

January 1, 1969: Henry Cabot Lodge, former American ambassador to South Vietnam, is nominated by President-elect Nixon to be the senior U.S negotiator at the Paris peace talks. January 20, 1969: Richard M. Nixon is inaugurated as the 37th U.S. President and declares “…the greatest honor history can bestow is the title of peacemaker. This […]

World War 2: Historical Timeline, Facts, and WW2 Resources

World War II was a global military conflict lasting from 1939 to 1945 which involved most of the world’s nations, including all of the great powers, organized into two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. It was the most widespread war in history, with more than 100 million military personnel mobilized. Marked by […]

History and Resources about Vikings for Kids

The name Viking calls up the image of ravaging warriors. Vikings, also called Norseman, colonized huge areas of Europe from the 8th century to the 11th century in a period known as the Viking Age . In Old Norse, the word ìVikingî means ìto go on an expeditionî and thatís what the Vikings did! They […]

Mayflower Compact Facts for Kids

The Mayflower Compact was signed aboard ship on November 11, 1620 by most adult men. Signing the covenant were 41 of the ship’s 101 passengers, while the Mayflower was anchored in what is now Provincetown Harbor within the hook at the northern tip of Cape Cod. The Mayflower Compact was based simultaneously upon a majoritarian model (even […]

Myths and Legends: History and Resources

As a human race we are always interested in how things were formed, where they came from, what we have seen or thought we saw, or how we came to be the civilization we are today. These questions have many roots in both facts, and myths and legends that we pass down from generation to […]

September Fun Facts and Trivia

The September birthstones Sapphire. Saphire is chemically and structurally the same as a Ruby. What is Septembers Zodiac Sign? Virgo: August 23 – September 22 Libra: September 23 – October 22 How Many Days in September? There are 30 days in September What is September’s Flower? September’s flower is the Aster. What Holidays Are in September? VJ Day – […]

February Fun Facts and Trivia

February’s birthstone is the the Amethyst. It is also the Zodiac stone for the constellation of Pisces. Amethyst is associated with spirituality, wisdom, sobriety, and security. What is February’s Zodiac Sign? Aquarius: January 20 – February 18 Pisces: February 19 – March 20 How Many Days in February? The month has 29 days in leap years, when the year […]

Facts about the Maya Civilization for Kids

The Maya civilization was a Mesoamerican civilization developed by the Maya peoples, noted for the Maya hieroglyphic script, the only known fully developed writing system of the pre-Columbian Americas, as well as for its art, architecture, and mathematical and astronomical systems. The Maya civilization developed in an area that encompasses southeastern Mexico, all of Guatemala and […]

The Shortest War In History – The Anglo-Zanzibar War

The Anglo-Zanzibar War that took place on the 27th of August 1896 is the world’s shortest war, lasting about 40 minutes. On August 25th 1896 Hamad bin Thuwaini, the Sultan of Zanzibar suddenly died and his cousin Seyyid Khalid bin Barghash bin Said Al-Busa’idi (who for the remainder of this article will be referred to as ‘Khalid bin Barghash’) […]

List of All Wars The United States Has Been Involved In, The Date & Outcome

The US has been involved in many wars over the years. Below you will find a list of the wars, their opponents, and the outcome of each war. American Revolutionary War or American War of Independence Opponent(s): Great Britain Kingdom of Great Britain Loyalist Iroquois Cherokee NationCherokee Date: September 1, 1774 – September 3, 1783 Outcome Treaty of Paris Britain […]

Timeline of The Historical Events of WW1

January 18, 1871 : Bismarck completes efforts to unify Prussia and the German kingdoms into a single nation and has King Wilhelm I proclaimed Kaiser. May 10, 1871 : France forced to sign humiliating treaty with Germany that ends the 1870-71 Franco-Prussian War. 1888 : After his father’s untimely death, 29 year-old Wilhelm II becomes ruler, Kaiser Wilhelm II, of Germany. 1894 : […]

Who Are the Melungeons?

On early expeditions from England, explorers recorded finding “Indians of yellowish color, their hair black for the most part, yet [they] saw children with fine auburn and chestnut-colored hair.” The explorers assumed that these light-haired people were the descendants of earlier shipwrecked sailors. Though opinions vary, general Melungeon history holds that Melungeons are descended from a mix […]

Facts about Bacon’s Rebellion For Kids

Bacon’s Rebellion was an armed rebellion in 1676 by Virginia settlers led by Nathaniel Bacon against the rule of Governor William Berkeley. The colony’s dismissive policy as it related to the political challenges of its western frontier, combined with accumulating grievances, helped to motivate a popular uprising against Berkeley, who had failed to address the […]

Vikings History and Facts For Kids

Vikings were a band of people that lived in the Scandinavian region. For over a thousand years the Viking culture was a land based culture of farmers and fishermen. As time progressed and food and land shortages began to become common place, the Vikings took to the sea to explore and to plunder. While more savage than […]

Industrial Revolution Timeline and Facts For Kids

Industrial Revolution was the social and economic changes that marked the transition from a stable agricultural and commercial society to a modern industrial society relying on complex machinery rather than tools. What years did the industrial revolution take place? It is used historically to refer primarily to the period in British history from 1700 to […]

War of 1812 Causes, Timeline, and Summary

The War of 1812 is sometimes called the “Second War of Independence” or the “forgotten war.” The war took placed from June 18, 1812 – Feb. 18, 1815 in Eastern and Central North America, Atlantic and Pacific. This conflict was caused mainly by the US resentment of British naval harassment. They seized American ships and took seamen from […]

What was the Continental Army?

To understand the Continental Army, one must understand the climate in which it was founded. In 1775, the United States was not yet established. People who lived in the area that became the United States were either natives of the land, or they were British colonists. Colonists who settled and began to govern the land wanted to be independent […]

2000’s Timeline of the History of The United States

2000: Bombing of the USS Cole killing seventeen American sailors 2000: U.S. presidential election, 2000; George W. Bush wins and is elected 43rd President of the United States. 2001: George W. Bush is inaugurated 2001: Democrats gain narrow control of Senate after James Jeffords defects from the Republican Party. 2001: September 11th terrorist attacks; 19 terrorists hijack planes and crash them into […]

1400′s-1500′s Timeline of the History of The United States

1492: Christopher Columbus lands on the island of Hispaniola, discovering the New World for 15th century Europe. 1497: John Cabot lands in Newfoundland, beginning the British colonial presence in North America. 1513: Vasco Núñez de Balboa crosses isthmus of Panama, sees Pacific Ocean. 1513: Juan Ponce de León defeats Tlaxcala, a small state neighboring the Aztec empire. 1520s: Spanish begin conquest of Maya […]

Facts about Trains for Kids

A train is a connected series of rail vehicles propelled along a track (or “permanent way”) to transport cargo or passengers. Although historically steam propulsion dominated, the most common modern forms are diesel and electric locomotives, the latter supplied by overhead wires or additional rails. Train tracks usually consists of two, three or four rails, […]

Ancient Egypt History and Facts For Kids

During this time period, Egypt consisted of villages that were scattered in and around the Nile River, including the delta area and the river valley. The villages were self-contained, each with a ruling Chieftain. The villagers likely lived in mud-brick housing and combined some farming with hunting to support their families. There is little known about this period […]

Causes of the Agricultural Revolution

What might be deemed the first agricultural revolution was when prehistoric man discovered how to cultivate his own food. This marked the move from a nomadic hunter-gatherer society to one of permanent settlements, villages, towns and eventually, cities. Another development that many historians consider to have been pivotal in the development of agriculture was the […]

A Brief History of the Cold War

The Cold War occurred between the United States and the Soviet Union spanned from shortly after World War II ended until the early 1990s. The conflict was a power struggle between the two countries, with the main theme being the U.S. trying to promote and spread democracy while the Soviet Union was trying to promote and spread communism. The period of the Cold […]

The French Revolution Facts and Timeline

Historians and academics disagree when it comes to determining what actually started the French Revolution To some extent at least, it started because the France’s economic and intellectual development was not matched by social and political change. In the fixed order of the ancient regime, most bourgeois were unable to exercise commensurate political and social influence. […]

Whiskey Rebellion Facts, Causes, and History

The Whiskey Rebellion was a popular uprising in 1794, but its roots go back to the Revolutionary War. The war created a huge amount of debt to the 13 states, and the federal government agreed to take on that debt in exchange for an agreement to move the new nation’s capital to what is now […]

History and Entertainment of the 1950’s

The end of World War II had a tremendous impact on the culture of America all throughout the 50s. With new hope and the chance to start a new life with a family, home and other luxuries, the 1950s were a time of prosperity and enjoyment of pastimes. Discover what life was like from 1950-1959 by exploring […]

Facts About The Boston Tea Party

Quick Overview: Boston Tea Party (1773) Protest by a group of Massachusetts colonists, disguised as Mohawks and led by Samuel Adams, against the Tea Act and, more generally, against “taxation without representation”. The Tea Act (1773), passed by the British Parliament, withdrew duty on tea exported to the colonies. It enabled the East India Company to sell tea directly […]

13 Original Colonies: Facts and The Order They Were Founded

What were the original 13 colonies? When were they founded? What are the 13 original colonies in order? The original thirteen colonies were Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Virginia. These Colonies were primarily located along the northeast coast of the current […]

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