The Discovery of Gunpowder
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The Discovery of Gunpowder

The Discovery of Gunpowder




      

The Discovery of Gunpowder


The Discovery of Gunpowder

Since the word gun is taken to mean any device having a tube and through which a missile of any kind is shot, the ancient crossbow which was fitted with a barrel and shot stones or bolts could without any great stretch of the imagination be called a gun. But it was the discovery of gunpowder which made the invention of the gun possible as we know it today. The discovery of gunpowder came about in a very curious way. The love of Chinese boys—and this includes the men, for they are only boys grown up—for fireworks is well known and in trying to find new and startling effects in colored lights and scintillations the civilized Chinese boy carelessly mixed some powdered saltpeter, charcoal and sulphur together and inclosing it in a thick paper tube, like a Roman candle, he lit it.

And when he had recovered from the shock of the explosion he found that he had made not only the first firecracker, but what was of more importance that he had discovered the first explosive and that was gunpowder; and all of this happened about the year 600.

Collins, A. Frederick. Shooting, for Boys,. New York: Moffat, Yard and, 1917. Print.

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