On the Invention of Gunpowder

The invention of gunpowder was an important turning point in history. This new technology would become one of the most destructive yet convenient military weapons. But how did we get to the point of discovering gunpowder? Here’s a timeline of the key moments in history that led to the invention of gunpowder.

The invention of gunpowder, followed by weapons that could make use of it, is one of the most important developments in military history. The technology emerged in China in the eighth-century, and would spread throughout Asia and Europe during the Middle Ages.

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