How Is Gunpowder Created

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When, Where, Why and How was Gunpowder Created The U.S. might not be the way it is today without gunpowder, however we weren't the first to know about it or use it. Gunpowder is a powdered mixture of saltpeter, sulfur and charcoal. and is the earliest known explosive. Gunpowder can be used for good things and bad things. Gunpowder was created in China sometime around 900 AD. When a group of Daoist monks who made elixirs to cure illnesses or bestow long life accidentally mixed saltpeter, sulfur and charcoal they found out that it would burn and explode. this was the creation of gunpowder. The main ingredients in gunpowder are saltpeter, sulfur and charcoal. The sulfur and charcoal act as fuel for the powder. and the saltpeter acts as an oxidiser for the gunpowder.…show more content…
The chinese didn’t use gunpowder as a weapon for a long time. Europeans started using gunpowder to shoot stone balls and sharp arrows from tubes. Later they used it to shoot metal balls from cannons and guns. China and Japan didn’t use gunpowder in warfare until the nineteenth century. gunpowder was made to be a potion for unlimited life but it ended up becoming an explosive that is used to kill people. after the chinese found out that gunpowder exploded they used it in a lot of fireworks until a couple hundred years later when they started using it in war. gunpowder changed war in many different ways. first of all it could be used in cannons to shoot cannonballs at the ground and make holes in the ground in these holes you could hide or use them to store things like other weapons. the smaller holes were also dangerous because people could trip over them and possibly get shot. gunpowder wasn’t just used in war people used gunpowder to mine too. if a miner wanted to dig a hole in the rocks all they had to do was blow a hole with gunpowder then they would blow it up then they would finish the job using an
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