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Subject: History

Timeblazers: History and More Series

"Highly Recommended. Each episode provides an interesting, engaging history lesson packaged in a kid-friendly format. Viewers can discuss what we can learn from history. What lessons have historical events taught us? How have things we take for granted today evolved over the centuries? Viewers can have fun looking Click for more

15. The Pioneers: Home on the Range

15. The Pioneers: Home on the Range

Alex (Stephen Joffe) has decided to camp out for a couple of weeks to find out what life was like for his European ancestors. But what he can't figure out is why they would leave their nice cozy homes for the North American wilderness in the first place. Timeblazers Sam (Mike Ackerman) and Jen (Heidi Leigh) show Alex what life was like for the settlers of the North American wilderness. First, we learn that some of the first Europeans to explore the North American wilderness were French fur trappers in the 1690s, searching for beaver pets to sell for European fashions; they were also known as Coureur du Bois, which means "runner of the woods," and learned to live off the land; they not only traded with the Native Americans, but also copied much of what the native people did to survive. Next we move to the days of the pioneers who lived in the prairies during the 1860's. These people built soddies, which were houses made of sod and grass. The basic agreement with the government was if you could work the land for five years it was yours; this was called "proving" the land. Pioneer women tended the house, the yard, the livestock, and also killed and skinned animals. Land was often plowed by hand, not by horses; and people lived miles away from the nearest town. Horses and cows became invaluable to the settlers; some learned from the Native Americans; however, unfortunately, wars and diseases killed thousands of the native people. 05/10DE IJ 30 min.

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