- from World’s Early People
Imagine what your life might have been like 10,000 years ago. You might have never left home. But your grandfather might remember a different time. You might sit around the fire pit, listening to him tell stories about the old days.
Back then, your people were always on the move. Your father might say, “Traveling was exciting, but it’s great to grow food instead of searching for it. It’s simple. Now, we usually have enough to eat. Yes, we have to stay close by to protect the livestock, water the plants, and scare away pests. We also have to sow seeds and harvest crops before animals get to them. But isn’t life better now?”
And it was better. Many things changed when people began to see that they could grow a lot of food in one place. They could live in large groups close to each other. Almost everyone could get enough to eat. That innovation, or new idea, was the key to the agricultural revolution. It probably started in the Middle East, an area that includes southwestern Asia and northeastern Africa. Then it spread to more people in the major parts of the world. They quickly learned the basic ways of farming. They sowed seeds, watered soil, and harvested crops. For many, doing these things replaced hunting and gathering as a way of life.