The invention of Gunpowder in the 9th century in China has literally shaped the world to the way it is now. Early uses were in the form of fireworks and primitive gunpowder weapons in China and from there on the technology spread throughout the Arab world, Europe and India. It played a massive part in the industrial revolution in breaking the earth to extract fossil fuels and precious metals and minerals. By 1346 England was starting to produce their own gunpowder, which is testament to the influence and importance of gunpowder.



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