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Luxuries from Around the World

Shakespeare for Kids

In the 1600s, people in England wanted to buy things from all over the world, like glass from Venice, lace from Flanders, and porcelain from China.


King James I wanted people to learn to make luxury items like silk, glass, and tapestries in England instead of buying them from other countries. (The scene on the right shows women making silk.)

Where do the things in your home come from? Look at 15 items you have in your home. Where were they made? Finish the following sentences.


________ things were made in my country.
________ things were made in other countries.
________ things were made in Africa.
________ things were made in Asia.
________ things were made in Europe.
________ things were made in Central or South America.
________ things were made in North America.
________ things were made in other places.

More things were made in ________ than in any other country.

Jan van der Straet. Hinc vermium permulta Scepe millia Simul legunt, parantq, telas feminae. Antwerp, 1600?

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