“The great Opium War of 1840 and the resulting transfer of Hong Kong Island to Britain. How Jardine and Matheson profited from the illegal trade of opium and convinced England to launch an assault on China. Tea and opium are intrinsically linked and one sixth of Britain’s economy was due to trade in opium, an illegal substance.”
History journal examines early New Orleans as multicultural Atlantic enclave
“In the most recent Journal of American History, Pierre Force portrays Tremé’s development at a time when New Orleans’ racial categories were fluid and mixed-race “free people of color” owned property and interacted freely with white residents of the city. The Journal of American History is published by the Organization of American Historians, based at Indiana University Bloomington.
The Journal of American History cover illustration shows fashionably dressed free women of color in the 1760s in Saint Domingue, a street scene similar to what might have been seen in New Orleans in the same era.
In “The House on Bayou Road: Atlantic Creole Networks in the 18th and 19th Centuries,” Force, the dean of humanities at Columbia University, tells the story of “two families, one ‘black’ and one ‘white,’ whose paths briefly crossed in New Orleans in 1811”
Animation of the structure of a section of DNA. The bases lie horizontally between the two spiraling strands. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
“The Genographic Project is a five-year-long (2005-2010) study funded by National Geographic and IBM to collect human DNA from people all over the world, and analyze those data to determine the various general pathways humans took out of Africa.
Human beings evolved in Africa about 160,000 years ago, and lived only in Africa until around 60,000 years ago when we started to emigrate, in little groups, in different directions. There is evidence of a couple of false starts before that—Skhul Cave in Israel and Jwalapuram in India—but they don’t seem to have left DNA evidence among us