Everyone knows what a gun is right? But do you REALLY know the impact that gunpowder has caused? Gunpowder has been around for centuries, over millennium. How has gunpowder effected Warfare, and life as we know it? You would never think about how gunpowder may have affected the existence of the electronic device you’re using right now. But its effects are longer lasting than one might have ever thought. The smart phone in your pocket? It exists because of the Industrial revolution, which was powered by gunpowder. The Car you drive, the toaster in your kitchen? All powered by gunpowder. Now let’s start off from the beginning of the discovery of gunpowder. In the early 900’s it was discovered on accident. (5) Gunpowder was found originally in China, some Taoist monks were trying as hard as they could to find a way to make an immortality potion. They found out how it blew up if dropped or was set on fire, it was put to use against the invading Mongols by the existing Song Dynasty in China right away. The first recorded use of Gunpowder was when the Chinese strapped a tube filled with Gunpowder to arrows; they then lit these arrows on fire and shot them at the invading Mongolians. (5) They were extremely effective at scaring the Mongols away. It would be comparison to scaring a newborn child with a popped balloon. The reaction you get from them is similar to how a person would react if they never knew what gunpowder was. Soon after that, the Chinese tried to put the
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Gunpowder single handedly changed the world. What once started as fireworks, would eventually become the greatest aspect of warfare known to man. It was first used by the Chinese, as colorful displays of fire in the sky, but under the rule of the Ming and Ching it became a feared machine of war. Although the effects of gunpowder were mainly positive, there are still some major disadvantages.
As Europe became so much more industrialized, major problems started to rise and make itself known. Unemployment and lack of money for the people were two of the major problems (Doc R). Europe’s solution to this was to colonize parts of Africa and send all of the extra people there. This allowed the overflow of people to be minimized because of the new acquired space they now had. It also helped their economy because as European people were being pushed out to Africa, new factories and businesses were put up so they could work in them. Also, the inventions of the cannon based on the “gunpowder empires” in Africa and Europe allowed them to get ahead of their competitors (Doc H). This new artillery invention allowed Europe to take down African and Asian armies that were larger than theirs. Since the cannon was a necessity for Europe to take down their enemies, and was generally ahead in the military aspects, the factories had to make and model these in the most efficient way possible. This heavy demand for weaponry placed a big load of work on the factories to produce the cannon and send it out to the troops the fastest they could. This increase in workload in factories provided more jobs and strengthen the economy for Europe. Also, the gunpowder industry began as a result of the industrial revolution. This revolution was so popular in Europe that it paved the way for Europe to overall strive in many aspects such as the production of gunpowder. The new overseas technological advances and transportation gave Europe an extra layer of protection to their already great military (Doc H). The industrial revolution in Europe was were steamships and the transporting of goods originally started. This laid a foundation for the factories in improve the ships and put Europe ahead. Having effective and efficient
A Rifle could shoot a bullet up to 1,000 yards–and were more accurate. However, until the 1850s it was nearly impossible to use these guns in battle because, since a rifle’s bullet had roughly the same diameter as its barrel, they took too long to load. (Soldiers sometimes had to pound the bullet into the barrel with a mallet.)
Gunpowder was used in the 11th century Song Dynasty by, Wujing Zongyao. This was a discovery led to the invention of fire work’s. Gunpowder consists of potassium nitrate, some common charcoal, and sulfur. The potassium nitrate became from a decaying animal manure, and later it becomes from mines in china.
Did you know that the original Gatling gun was first used by soldiers in the Civil War, but is still in use today? Although many of the weapons from the Civil War are now considered irrelevant, back then, they were a lifesaver. The Spencer repeating rifle shaved seconds off a soldier's time to fire. The repeating rifle brought the firing rate from 1:20 to 1:4.5 (Bryant.edu). This was revolutionary for the war. Also, the rifled musket increased the accuracy of the musket by 16%. Reconnaissance was also revolutionized by the inventions of the hot air balloon, the submarine, and the ironclad ship. Sea and air travel became much easier. These weapons contributed to the war in many ways. People die every day, but the death toll of this war is staggering,
Gunpowder was invented in Tang China in 850. It was made during experiments that sought to make elixirs that prolong life . It composed of saltpeter, or potassium nitrate, sulfur, and charcoal and explodes when a spark from a percussive impact ignites it . The Chinese during the Song dynasty saw gunpowder’s potential. They utilized it in propelling rockets and making explosive projectiles. The Chinese Bureau of Munitions, by the thirteenth century, had seven factories that produced 7,000 rockets and 21,000 bombs per day . In 1232, they used thunder-crash bombs, which are early hand grenades, against the Mongols, who attacked Kaifeng, a city in northern China . Mongols, however, learned the recipe to gunpowder and began using gunpowder-based
A firearm is a very complex tool that has grown in s verbal ways over several years, each version better than the last, all of which changing the world in a new way.All across the world and across several eras firearms have been used, firearms have also been the reason for wars and laws, as a very important part of our history it is appropriate that several facts are clearly stated.Back in the Han dynasty, under the leadership of emperor Wu Di, gunpowder was discovered. This particular document will include such topics such as the one previously stated and early firing systems and other weapons, also a brief history of military issued pistols through America's history and your rights as an american citizen to bear arms. Firearms, from early
Lastly technological innovations such as gunpowder helped make the time period become known as “accelerating connections” by helping start a permanent revolution with military affairs that had global dimensions. Gunpowder was used as weapons so that they could set their targets on fire during war. The invention of gunpowder encouraged the engineers to continue developing new weapons such as bombs and rockets.
The discovery of gunpowder changed war from being fought with medieval weaponry and battle tactics to more modern day weapons and tactics because the gunpowder powered weapons are more deadly. Weapons that use gunpowder to launch projectiles have a greater range than melee weapons and are more powerful than bow and arrows. Also, cannons are more powerful and have a greater range and accuracy than catapults and they also can be reloaded faster than catapults. Gunpowder weapons changed war because they are stronger, more accurate, have a greater range and are able to be reloaded faster than medieval weaponry.
The use of gunpowder today increases the crime in China because of how is started from mostly WW1 and 2 then it became public and now have more violence in China then before.
There is a rumor that only the invention of gunpowder deprived all the European people’s freedom I heard. Then, in excuse of that, the feudalities employed the armed forces much and suppressed the people by violence because they thought that it was dangerous to guard their castles by only the people. Besides, since gunpowder was invented, there were no impregnable fortresses actually. In a word, we could have no safety sanctuary in the earth against an injustice and violence any longer. Indeed, I am always worrying about that men will find out something a secret somehow someday at last, then, would kill the people, the whole nations with great ease, become extinct speedily.
Another artifact shows how the invention of gunpowder increased Chinese trade and caused the rise and fall of empires and governments. And that a small invention, with seemingly no use at all, contributed to the creation of even greater technology like ammunition and first generation
The discovery of gunpowder was discovered in 850 A.D. by accident. Gunpowder also called black powder is considered the earliest explosive invented. The Chinese alchemists of the ninth century were considered to be a major force behind the early development of gunpowder. They first used the substance to treat skin diseases and to kill insects before people realized it would be