Six Ways the Little Ice Age Made History-FromtheNewEngandHistoricalSociety.
LITTLE ICE AGE CAUSES MUTINY
- LITTLE ICE AGE CAUSES MUTINY
Washington and his men at Morristown, NJ, many of whom had no coats or shoes, didn’t eat for days at a time. The soldiers finally mutinied in early May, though an officer persuaded them to abandon their rebellion.
- COLONIZATION DELAYED
- THE LITTLE ICE AGE DRIVES OUT THE FRENCH
Had the weather not been so severe, New England might be New France today.
- PEQUOT WAR
- KING PHILIP’S WAR
- ENCOURAGED MIGRATION
KING PHILIP’S WAR
The Little Ice Age changed New England history in ways that historians are only beginning to understand.
Though scientists don’t agree on what caused the Little Ice Age, most agree the climate cooled from the 15th century to the middle of the 19th century, with the greatest intensity between 1550 and 1700. Some scientists peg the coldest period even more narrowly, between 1645 and 1715. During that period the average winter temperatures in North America fell two degrees Celsius.
The NASA Earth Observatory blames diminished solar activity for the Little Ice Age, though scientists offer competing theories.
Historians, on the other hand, agree that the Little Ice Age altered the course of history. It froze rivers and canals in Northern Europe, wiped out cereal production in Iceland and caused famine in France, Norway and Sweden. Colder winters meant denser wood, which contributed to the superior tone of the Stradivarius violin.
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