Historyetc – Smoking, Slavery, Succotash and Sumo

A quick historyetc post in my lunch hour at work!

This session was a mix of things, James I, Riches of Spain, Warlords of Japan,  Rise of Slavery, Mayflower Pilgrims and probably some other things i have forgotten!

Katy and Helen discussed the tobacco industry; Peter Stuyvesant, a tobacco plantation farmer.  One interesting fact about him was that he had a wooden leg 🙂 Demonstrated by L 🙂


They also discussed James I  and his warnings about tobacco and smoking and produced anti-smoking posters.



I was in the kitchen for most of the discussions but I think they talked about the Mayflower Pilgrims and the Jax talked about the slave trade.

Slave Trade

They made peg doll Guy Fawkes and discussed the gunpowder plot.

Peg doll Guy Fawkes

and had fun throwing them into the fire!

Burning of the Guys

In the kitchen we made Parkin – we doubled the amount of ginger :), cornbread and adjusted this recipe for succotash – there is a lot of butter used so i would halve or even quarter it if we did it again, we used mixed beans, pinto, kidney, borlotti, and haricot – well it would be rude not to really 😉 and tinned tomatoes instead of fresh. It was very yummy though!

Parkin :)


Succotash and Cornbread

Finishing the day with some Sumo wrestling!

First, parade the ring with your assistants 🙂
Sumo - parading the circle

Then clapping and stomping to scare away the demons and summon the gods


Throwing the salt to purify the ring and aid healing
sumo - throwing of the salt

Sipping the sacred ‘tap’ water
Sumo - sipping of water for purification

Staring out your opponent
sumo - stare out your opponent

Ready, steady, wrestle!
Sumo wrestling


We think that some of the older ones could do with something a little more challenging and are going to incorporate more writing/reading or lapbooking style into their Historyetc days 🙂

The girls have been busy today writing up lots of the information into their Historyetc books 🙂


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Caroline (Frogmum/TMFH)
    Oct 18, 2012 @ 22:02:45

    That’s some pretty eclectic history ~ and some great fun!!

    I confess I get a little jealous of your get-togethers when I read these posts, but not so much that I don’t want to read them 😉

    Looking forward to seeing you all again!


  2. hharicot
    Oct 18, 2012 @ 22:02:47

    was a fab day 🙂 thankyou for sharing. the food was delish


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