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Indigo was so sought after by the British was because of its importance and high economic value. “Indigo’s vibrancy, so scarce in the natural world, combined with its versatility as a dye, made it a valuable and prized commodity.” During the beginning of the seventeenth century, indigo was the “British East India Company’s most valuable export commodity”.

Just as the British did, many other European powers used colonization as a means to “exploit the demand for indigo”. “Agents of the East India Company instigated the large-scale, commercial production of indigo dye in Bengal. By the early nineteenth century Bengal was the principal producer of indigo in the world, its production and trade monopolized by Great Britain.”

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The Yamato dynasty in Japan claims to be descendants of the sun goddess Amaterasu Omikami. The reason Japan was able to avoid a change in the Yamato dynasty for the past 2,000 years is because the various Emperors of Japan, for a large part of history, had virtually no power, In essence the Emperors were really just figure heads and were seen more as religious leaders.

The Japanese people depended on the Emperor for religious, ceremonial, and symbolic functions but not governing functions. So, what reason would someone have to make a change if as a result they are not rewarded with power?

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Commodus was a real person who lived in 161 Ad until 192 AD. Therefore, he only lived for 31 years. He was known as Commodus, but his real name was Lucius Aurelius Commodus and he was born from Marcus Aurelius. Commodus was known for fighting in the Marcomannic Wars during his father’s reign in 172 AD. When Commodus became the emperor, he was about 16 years old and his father had just died.

Even though Commodus was known for being obnoxious and arrogant during his reign with expecting his citizens in his kingdom to treat him as a god, he actually helped the empire by having fewer military conflicts compared to the earlier reigns of his father and grandfather. In 192 AD, Commodus was killed.

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The feudal system began in France in the 10th century and spread to both Eastern and Western Europe during the following century. Feudalism is associated with medieval times, and had three aspects: the lord, the vassal (who fought or worked for the lord in return for land) and the fief, the land itself.

The system began to die out in Europe helped by the rise of the middle class, and the onset of the Black Death. Hungary was a late developer, remaining feudal until 1945. However, there were isolated pockets of civilisation where feudalism remained. The last of these was perhaps on the isle of Sark,which lies off South West England near to the Channel Islands.

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I don’t think there was ever an empire in the Sahara Desert, unless you want to consider the pharaohs of ancient Egypt who settled on the eastern side of the Sahara known as the Nile Valley. Researchers at excavation sites in the Sahara have found evidence of human and animal remains from around 10,500 years ago.

It is believed that around this time climate change brought monsoon rains and turned the desert into habitable land. However, the rains only lasted for about 500 years and the area returned to desert conditions after about 5 500 years ago.

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All of the different regions of the world have their own distinct and exclusive mythologies. For example, the Middle East is the home of various religious mythologies such as Christian mythology, islamic mythology, and Jewish mythology. Greek mythology is probably the more famously known of the mythologies in history. The number of mythologies that have existed in history could easily number in the hundreds and push towards the thousands.

It is just the main ones such as Greek mythology and Roman mythology that most people are familiar with. Each one of these mythologies have their own list of gods and customs and then have sub-mythologies under them. This is the case in a lot of areas such as the Polynesian Islands and all throughout Africa. These mythologies play an important part in the history and the culture of many of places all throughout the world. It is in essence one of the identifying features of a lot of places.

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This is a difficult question to answer because I do not think any colonial empires actually treated any of their colonies very well, especially when you consider some of the people in the colonies were often treated as slaves. The European colonial era spanned from about the 1500’s to the 1960’s.

All but 5 or 6 countries in the entire world were at some point in history, under the control of another power, mostly a European power. Of course there are a few exceptions to this. For example, Portugal fought to maintain control of its African colonies until 1974. I don’t know how anyone can think any colony was well treated when they were under the control of another country.

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This question should be reworded. The yuan dynasty was a chinese dynasty started by a mongolian.

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Was it? If we are talking first human life to set foot there, wouldn't it be Africa, from where human life is believed to have originated from?

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Capitalism grew out of European feudalism. Till around the 12th century, less than 5% of the population of Europe lived in towns. Most of the people lived in rural areas. Skilled workers lived in the city but received their keep from feudal lords rather than a real wage, and the farmers were essentially serfs for landed nobles. It took the Black Plague, to shake up the feudal system significantly.

By killing scores of people in both town and countryside, the various plagues of the Dark Ages actually created a labor shortage. Many feudal lord did not want to hire poor people. Poor people started producing goods for everyone’s needs and that's how capitalism came in.

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