Welcome to the APWH blog for Mr. O'Donnell's Rocklin High classes for the 2009-2010 school year.
What is required of students is to create at least ONE post this year and to make TWO comments on mine or another students posting.
Ever wondered who invented the first gun?There has always been much speculation over this, but the exact date and place have never been completely confirmed.It is believed though that the Chinese of the Song dynasty around 500 A.D. were the first to discover this monumental invention.Although these firearms were very primitive and ineffective in their early stages, the Song put them to military use nonetheless.They originally consisted of just a projectile launched by the use of gunpowder.The Fire-lance was one such weapon, being “a combination of two components[:] a spear coated with gunpowder used as a flamethrower and a gun.”
Early cannons became used more broadly in the 12th century, and also began to emerge in Europe.The original cannons were small and fragile, as they were not yet made of metal.These cannons (which rested on stands) were operated by one soldier and were ignited by a torch.These cannons could be very risky to use due to the explosive nature of gunpowder, and the lack of effective range allowed the enemy to get too close. This was largely due to the barrel being made of bamboo and firing ammunition made of shrapnel and pellets.The Chinese put these cannons to use against the Mongol invaders.The primitive bamboo cannons were eventually replaced by metal, and in a few centuries became what is now in use today.