The world's evolution based around salt.


Bronze Age

3000 BC - 1300 BC

Iron Age

1200 BC - 230 BC

Middle Ages

500 AD - 1500 AD

The Renaissance

1350 - 1650

Age of Discovery

1500 - 1700

Industrial Revolution

1750 - 1900

Age of Revolution

1750 - 1917

Great Depression

1929 - 1939

Information Age

1971 - Present


Lake Yucheng

6000 BC

Each summer Lake Yuchengs water evaporates and reveals salt. This salt is gathered using a technique called "dragging and gathering."

Goddess Iris

4000 BC

Egyptians believe Goddess Iris taught them to grow olives.

Southern Poland brine springs

3500 BC

Brine was gathered and boiled in clay pots till the springs dried.

Prehistoric stone tools

3500 BC

Prehistoric stone tools were found around "the salt mountain" that date back to 3500 BC. They were just six inch black rocks with one end serving as a pick and the other as a scraping tool.

Egyptian Wheat

3000 BC

Egyptians developed wheat that could be ground and stretched into a dough capable of trapping CO2 from yeast.


3000 BC

Sichuan had been producing salt as early as 3000 BC

Earliest Burial Sites

3000 BC

Earliest Burial Sites were dated back to 3000 BC as well as earliest record of salt making.

Pyramid Giza was built around this time.

2900 BC

Fish trade

2800 BC

Egyptians began trading fish.

Old man structures

2500 BC

A mound found on an island in Banana Bayou was carbon dated to 2500 BC and makes it the oldest man made structures ever found in the US.

Xia Dynasty

2205 BC - 1766 BC

Yu founded the Xia Dynasty

Marco Polo Road

2000 BC

Egyptian Burials found in 1990s were dated back to 2000 BC.

Fish preservation

2000 BC

Earliest Chinese record of fish preservation in salt.

Wealthy dye

Approx. 1500 BC

Dye from creatues like shellfish brought wealth to the merchants in Tyre.

Hebrew alphabet

1400 BC

Ancient Hebrew alphabet found in Sihai with 22 characters, each representing a sound.


1352 BC

Tutankhamen dies at age 13.


1250 BC

Moses liberated Hebrew slaves. The Hebrews only took flat unleavened bread (matzo) described as "bread for the poor."


1000 BC

Iron first came to use in China

Earliest Salt Works

1000 BC

Earliest Salt Works have been found in non-Mayan Mexico such as Oaxaca.

Travel across Sahara

1000 BC

Earliest known travel across Sahara by oxen and then by horse drawn chariots.

Earliest signs of salt production

800 BC


800 BC

Phoenicians found a seaport, Srax, which still prospers today.

Hallstat Iron age

Approx. 700 BC - 450 BC

"The Hallstat Period" became the Archeological name for a rich early iron age culture.

Hallstatt Graves

700 BC - 400 BC

Graves in Hallstatt dated back to mostly 700 BC to 600 BC with some as late as 500 BC. The Durnberg discoveries (salt preserved man) from 400 BC suggests that the Hallstatt mine became less important as the Durnberg one became a better source of salt.

Roman saltworks

640 BC

The Romans no longer wanted to depend on Etruscan salt and in response founded their own salt works across the river in Ostia. This consisted of a single shallow pond that held sea water until the sun evaporated it into salt crystals.

Government interference

506 BC

506 BC is the earliest record of the Roman government interfering with salt prices.

Iron with salt

450 BC

Evidence of iron being used in salt making by Yi Dun.

Salted bodies

400 BC

The salt preserved bodies found in Tuerberg and Hallstat date back to 400 BC

Celts with Rome then with Turkey

390 BC - Approx. 351 BC

The Celts sacked Rome. They had travled eighty miles in four days on horseback while western Eurapeans had never seen mounted calvary. They were a terror to the townsfolk with heavy swords and loud war cries. They controlled Rome for the next 4 years till 279 BC when they invaded what is now Turkey.

VIllages and mines

300 BC

Items found in the salt mines as well as remains of a thatched roof village date bac to 300 BC

Punic wars

264 BC - 146 BC

Punic wars was a war over control of the Mediterranean. Rome manipulated the salt prices to help raise money for the war.

First Brine well

252 BC

Li Bing ordered the drilling of the worlds first brine well.

Li Bing

250 BC

Li Bing was the greatest Hydraulic engineering genius and was the Governor of Shu.

Roman control over Sicily

241 BC

at the end of the Punic wars the largest mediteranean island, Sicily, came under Roman control. It was well known for its grain and had valuable fisheries.

Qin's rivals

221 BC

Qin defeats his rivals and the last rivals ruler became emperor of china.

Han Dynasty ends Qin Dynasty

207 BC

Han Dynasty ends Qin Dynasty as well as unpopular monopolies to demonstrate better and wiser government.

Roman Empire

139 BC

China learns of the Roman Emperor.

The Huns

120 BC

Expeditions still being done to drive out the Huns back and the Treasury was drained to pay for the wars.

Chinese Armies

104 BC - 102 BC

Chinese Armies attack former Greek kingdom, Sogdiana, and were defeated by a party of partly captive Roman Soldiers.

Death and replacement

87 BC

Emperor Budi (one of the greatest Chinese Emperors) dies and is replaced by 8-year-old Zhaodi.

Sichuan wells

68 BC

Two wells in Sichuan became infamous for emerging evil spirits.

Salt monopolies

44 BC

Yuandi abolished salt monoplies put in by Zhaodi.

"poison in the wells"

100 AD

Well workers found the brine wells holes to be full of an invisible substance that caused illness and were blamed on spirits. The holes were shut down. Eventually cooking pots were placed and cooking happened.

Boiling houses

200 AD

Boiling houses became popular. They had iron pots that were heated by the "invisible substance" found in the wells.

Landfill Extensions

600 AD

Venetians started using landfill to extend the mainland closer to the islands of modern day Venice.

Chinese Revenue

618 AD - 907 AD

Half of Chinese Revenue was derived from salt.



Earlliest record of commercial whaling is a bill of sale from the year 670 for forty pots of whale oil.

Muslims in Sicily wrote of windmills of Trapani

800 - 1000

Viking raid campaigns


Viking raids turned into compaigns involving large groups. They traded and were paid (by Great European Countries) to be leave them alone.

Whales? No, Atlantic Cod.


Basques made a 1500 mile journey to Viking's Faroe Islands where they discovered Atlantic cod (way more profitable than whaling).

Salt protests

880 AD

Group of angry protesters (over high salt tax) took over the city Xi'an.

Salty competition


Venice started a "salt comeptition" with the Benedictine monks produced salt. They ended this "competition" by destroying the saltworks...

First French Mediterranean port


The First French Mediterranean port was established by Louis. It was a walled city names Aigues-Mortes ("dead waters").



Miners began digging into the earth to collect rock salt that had hardened at the sources of brine.

Salt contract


Successful as a supplier, Venice started to put out contracts that declared the other city could not buy salt from anyone else.

A comprehensive salt administration


First attempt at a comprehensive salt administration occurred in the Berre saltworks near Marseilles.

New mining technique

Approx. 1268

New salt mining technique was used to mine rock salt where water was piped into a dug out vein of rock salt where it became a dense brine and then piped out of the mine to be boiled down into crystals bover wood burning fires in Hallein.

Book of Trades


The Book of Trades stated that cooked meat could only be kept for 3 days unless it had been salted.

Salt subsidy


Venetian government paid merchants a subsidy on salt landed in Venice from other areas. Shipping salt to Venice became so profitable that merchants could afford to ship goods at prices that undersold their competitors.

Well then


City of Parma took over thirty-one Pallovicino wells.

Sugar in Sweden


The first record of sugar in Sweden was in 1324 for a funeral.

Another salt administration


Phillip VI established a salt administration in Northern France that was labeled the Pays de Grande Gabelle.

cod caught


Count of Holland prepared for his compaign against the Frisians by ordering the slating of 7342 cod caught off the coast. Now thats an awful lot of fish and salt!

Pickled Herring


Wilhelm Beuckelzon started a practice of pickling herring in brine, fresh with no drying at all.

City of Taghaza

1352 AD

Ibn Batuta reported visiting the city of Taghaza which he said was entirely made of salt.



In a war over the control of herring, the Danes lost to the Hanseatics.

Famous French Dinner with Charles V


During a Famous French dinner in 1378, an awkward question of where to place the nef arose. It was settled by placing out three large nefs in front of the three persons of importance.

Hanseatic League


Hanseatic League gained complete control of Bergen, Norway. It had acheived a monopoly on northern European productions of herring and salt but their was constant warfare due to the rebellious Baltic states.

Overboard British fisherman


The Hanseatics caught 96 British fisherman off Bergen. They tied their hands and feet and threw them overboard to drown.

Roquefort cheese


The French Crown granted a patent that declared only the cheese of Roquefort-sur-Soulzon could be called Roquefort cheese.

Herring Curing


Count of Holland threatened to prosecute any fisherman who cured a Herring that had been out of the water for more than 24 hours.

Spread of the Cod


Great salt cod enthusiasts, the Catalans brought the Cod to southern Italy when they took control of Naples in 1443.

Main Durnburg mine tunnel


The Main Durnburg mine tunnel was built in 1450 but the current timber shoring is only 100 years old.

Hanseatic ships


200 Hanseatic ships in the year 1452 alone had stopped in Le Croisic to load Guerande salt for the Baltic.



Venice aquired Cervia and forced them to sell to no one but them, but an exception was made to where Cervia could still sell to Bolonga.



Cyprus (Second largest salt producer) officially became a Venetian possession.

Foreign imports


Tunisians say that all salt and sweet dishes were all foreign imports brought from Spain in 1492.

Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492!


Culumbus wanted to find another route to india in the oppisite direction. He bagan a series of boyaged for Spain which opened up a trans-Antlantic trade carrying new spices. John Cabot did the same in 1497...

FIshing Expeditions

1497 - 1550

Records show that between Cabot's 1497 voyage and 1550, 128 fishing expeditions sent out from Europe to Newfoundland left with holds full of salt.

Combermere, Chesire


Combermere, Chesire reports the land near them had fallen into a pit filled with salt water.

Mississippi salt


A Spanish explorer noted while traveling up the Mississipi river that salt was being made along it.

Tax dropped


A small but irritating consumer tax was dropped and replaced by a much larger tax on producers in southwestern France. After years of angry protests the tax was completely dropped.

Salt ships


1200 salt ships from other European ports came to Le Croisic.

Red Herring Discovered


Dutch struggle against spain


The Dutch had an 80-year-old struggle against Spainm which cut them off from spanish salt.

Cabbage plasters


Holy Roman Emperor Maximillian II was healed by application of cabbage plasters. (it was widely publicized).

man following after a comet


A comet appeared in the sky the 13th of the winter month and on the 26th of that same winter month a man was dug out of the Tuermberg Mountain having been fully preserved in salt!

Its own


Founded by a royal charter granted by Queen Elizebeth I, the East India Company could function as its own nation (through commercial enterprise).

First "light house?"

Approx. 1600

An 800-foot steeple was added to a fifteeth century church to show navigators the entrance from the marsh to the Liore.

Captain John Smith


Captain John Smith explored the coast of New England by sea from Penobscot Bay to Cape Cod.

Hallstat salt man


Similarly salt preserved body from the one found in Teurburg found in Hallstat.

Pilgrims failure with salt


Francis Higgenson wrote in New England plantation that the Country was perfect for making salt. Only problem? Pilgrims had no idea how to make it.



As soon as the Herring were taking from the nets, they were passed to "grippers" who gutted and mixed them with dry salt crystals and then packed them in a barrel where they were left for a day to draw out the herring juice and dissolve most of the salt. More salt was added and the barrel once again closed.



Bermuda finally became a British colony and was given instructions to proceed with making salt.



Another salt pond like the one in Chesire found in Bickley.

Pays de Grande Gabelle


The Gabelle was regarded by King Louis XIV as the leading source of state revenues.

Coney Island


The Dutch granted permission to colonists to build a salt works on Coney Island.

Salty with suicide


A revision of the criminal code in France brought up another use for salt. To enforce the law against suicide, it was ordered that the bodies of those who took their life be salted and then brought before a judge to be sentenced to public display.

Red salt


Anton van Leeuwenhoek concluded that the red color of the salt was caused by microorganisms in the brine.

Revising of the Gabelle


Colbert revises the Gabelle, codifying the inequities among the region into six unequal zones.

Salt smugglers in hotel rooms


It became illegal in 1680 for innkeepers to give rooms to salt smugglers and was punishable by death.

Daniel Coxe


Daniel Coxe wrote about New Jersey that fish were abundant but the colony was unable to establish a successful fishery because of a "want of salt."

Mines catholic services


Mines began offering miners daily catholic services at the underground place of work.

Alsace/ Elasass


Alace (known to Germans as Elsass) was part of the Holy Roman Empire and was not added by the France into the Hexagon till 1697.

Liore smuggling


It was reported that "salt smuggling is endless on the Loire."

Salt raking

1700 - 1799

Bermudian's began living full time on raking salt to protect their properties.

Boston merchants

1700 - Approx. 1775

Boston merchants felt they didn't need New England anymore but they were wrong as they needed New England for its salt.

Steam engine invented


Steam engine invented by Thomas Newcomen.



Another salt hole appeared south of Winsford.

Epsom salt


Caspar Neuman discovered that Epsom salt could be made by applying sulphuric acid to the mother liquor.

Guild hall construction


Merchants from Shaanxi Province begin construction of a guild hall in Zigong for traveling salt traders.

Salts definition


Guillaume Francois Rouelle wrote a definition for salt that has endured. The definition is: Salt was any substance caused by the reaction of an acid and a base.

Sauerkraut debut!


Sauerkraut makes its debut off the continent of Europe when an English doctor delcared it prevented Scurvy.

Newfoundland cod fishery


A letter from a Captain estimated that Newfoundland cod fishery used "at least 1 thousand tons" of salt.



Denis Diderot mentioned Saucrote in a letter.

Fisherman count


Collioure had 800 fishermen working on 14 Catalans. (1888 saw a decrease of 10 boats)

Gabelle troops


The Gabelle had 3000 troops stationed on the Loire to put an end to salt smuggling.

Urging for salt

1775 - 1777

Congress pushes for the public to make salt in their respective Colonies. Through this, a magazine publishes an essay on making bay salt. Congress decided to give a bounty of one-third of a dollar per bushel. New Jersey thought of opening a state wide salt works but those plans were dashed due to many small salt works having been built along its coast in 1777. June 1777 a committee was appointed to devise ways of supplying the US with salt.

Depended on NE Salt


Despite early 1700s beliefs, in 1750 the Americans were still reliant on British salt.

American Revolution begins - salt within the war


British declared the colonies in open rebellion. This caused a serious salt shortage and the British kept it that way during the war by isolating the colonies from the salt trade.

Captured salt supplies

August 1776

General Howe takes over, chasing the Continental army from Long Island, New York City, and later Philadelphia. The armies main salt supplies had also been cut off and captured despite Washington warning for every attempt to save it.

Salty John Sears


Don't laugh at your neighbors 8 bushels of salt! John created a Vat that he spent the winter Caulking and in the end, he came up with thirty bushels of salt in a time of salt scarcity!

Sir Humphry Davy

1778 - 1829

Sir Humphry Davy was a brilliant scientist who dwelled in chemistry. He found the element sodium.

Herring return

1780 - 1808

The Herring, after a long disappearance, reappear and swarm Kladesholmen 1780 to 1808.



Choucroute appears in France!

Onondaga, New York


Americans began producing salt in Onondaga, New York.


1788 - 1795

New York State negotiated a treaty with the Onondaga that established joint ownership of a 10,000-acre reservation in 1788. It was renegotiated in 1795 where the Onondaga gave up rights to the land in exchange for salt deliveries of 150 bushels annually.

Steam Boat Service


Robert Fulton established the first steamboat service that ferried passengers between Philadelphia and Trenton.

Buy it all


Britain offered to buy all of the salt made it Orissa but they turned down the offer when they realized Britain was trying to eliminate Orissa salt.

Free them!

March 22 1790

The National Assembly called the salt tax "odious" and annulled all trials for violation of the gabelle and ordered those charged, on trail, or convicted to be set free.

Whiskey Rebellion


Whiskey producing farmers rebelled against the Whiskey tax. George Washington called upon the militia to stop the "Whiskey rebellion."

Roof of salt


Reuben Sears invented a roof that slid open and shut of oak rollers. This allowed for sea salt to be made efficiently from March to November.

Nevada salt


A Spanish priest noticed the Ohlone making salt on the side of a bay. The brine slowly evaporated and left behind salt that could be scraped away. He also found marshes that had thick layers of salt.

Tree pipes


Elisha Brooks leased land on a salt lick. He hollowed out 3 sycamore trees and sunk the trunks ten feet into the ground of the lick. The three "pipes" served as wells.

Brine leases


State of New York began granting leases for working the brine springs of Onondaga.



Sodium carbonate, soda, is made from mother liquor.

Packing in the Butter


Thomas Moore wanted to keep his butter cold while he journeyed 20 miles from his Maryland farm to Washington, D.C. (mind you, in the summer heat). He came up with the idea of putting the butter in a metal container and packing ice around it in a large wooden box and then stuffed the box with rabbit fur. The result was cold butter that sold well.

Britain take over Orissa


The British army occupied Orissa and annexed it to Bengal.

Glass jars


Appert persuades the navy to try his broth, beef, and vegetables all preserved in glass jars by his heating and sealing process. Navy gives a big thumbs up.

Napoleon Bonaparte


Napoleon Bonaparte becomes Emperor of the French.

Orissa salt becomes a British monopoly

November 1 1804

Orissa becomes a British monopoly by proclamation. The private sale of salt was prohibited and those who owned salt had to sell it for a fixed price to the goverment.



Davy discovers potassium after connecting a piece of potash to the poles of a battery which caused the release of a metal at the negative pole.



Davy isolated the element sodium through electrolysis.

Eerie Canal


Before it was named the Eerie Canal and began construction a recommendation of considering a canal was brought forth that would connect the Great Lakes to the Hudson River. It was believed the canal would expand the salt industry.



Davy discovers Magnesium.

British canning plant


Donin founded Donkin Hall, and Gamble, the first British canning plant. It became a famous outfitter for expeditions.



Davy isolates chlorine as an element.

1810 Commision


saltworks were reported to be producing far below their capacity but were limited by poor roads.

Slave count

1810 - 1850

Kanawha County alone had 352 slaves but by 1850 had 3,140 (mostly for the salt works).

War of 1812

1812 - 1815

War broke out between Britain and America. Salt shortages and blockages followed, concreting the need for the Eeire canal.

Melangis revolt


The Malangis rebel and attack salt works and salt offices and chased away agents.

Eerie canal begins!

1817 - 1825

Sponge and iodine


Jean-Baptiste Dumas proves Iodine was present in natural sponge (It had been a standard treatment for goiter).

Liverpool salt


Steamboats made Liverpool salt accessible for the first time in the US interior because they could carry heavy loads of salt up and down the river against strong upriver currents.

Icy fish

Approx. 1820

fish were beginning to be packed in ice to preserve its freshness.

Liverpool sugar refiners

Approx. 1823

Liverpool sugar refiners had been using steam evaporators since 1823.

Marsh water


Antoine Jerome Balard studies the composition of salt marshes and concluded that the blackish-purplish foul smelling liquid present in marsh water was the residue water from which salt crystals had formed. The element was named muride but then changed to bromine.

Salty borders


A treaty between Baveria and Austria allowed Austrians to mine salt up to one kilometer beyond their border. In exchange 4 percent of the miners had to be Bavarian and Baveria could also feul its pans with trees chopped on the Austrain side.

Canned progression

Approx. 1830

Canned food was for those on the "sick list" at first, but by the 1830s it became a part of general provisions.

Shen Hai well drilled in Zigong


At 2700 feet it hit natural gas, at 2970 feet the well reached natural brine. The drilling continued to 3300 feet, making it the deepest drilled well in the world.

Cape cod salt


Cape Cod alone had 658 salt companies and was producing 26000 tons a year.

Dead sea


Edward Robinson reported on his 1838 trip to the dead sea that he could "sit, stand, lie or swim in the water without difficulty."


Approx. 1840

Syracuse (not Kanawha) became the leading supplier of salt in the Midwest.

Windmill brine


In Massachusettes, a 28-pond salt works supplemented the power from windmills on calm days by pumping brine by means of a 15-inch diameter, five food wide wheel with buckets on its outer rim.



An angry mob assassinated Joseph Smith, the leader of the Mormons. Brigham Young took over and wanted to find a new land for the Mormons so they could set up their own community away from the scrunity of other Americans.

Salt trains


E.I. Wheeler and Company had been started by Onondaga salt companies to help with selling salt in the Midwest.

Dead sea Expedition


W.F. Lynch persuaded his superiors to finance his own expedition to the dead sea using two boats with metal hulls (a considerable technological advance for its time).

1700 salt merchants

1850 - 1877

1700 salt merchants were in Zigong, and 20% of the salt production was held by four families that had accumulated fabled wealth.

Every day in New Orleans

1857 - 1860

Every day in New Orleans (1857 to 1860), 350 tons of British salt was unloaded. (Ballast for the cotton trade)

Indians revolt


Indians openly revolted against Britains salt and India issues.

Southern salt vs Northen


Virginia, Kentucky, Florida, and Texas produced 2,365,000 bushels of salt while New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania produced 12,000,000 bushels.

Americans consume... SALT!


The US becomes a huge salt consumer.


1861 - 1865

Abraham Lincoln ordered a blockade of all southern ports tgat was enforced till the wars end.



Anyone could spend time making salt but that was put to a halt in 1862 when leases were required by Alabama legislator.

Dangerous salt substitute


Though warned against it by a popular British book, rumors spread about another way to cure bacon and beef. The cure was pyroligneous acid.

Surprise at the Bottom of the Hole

May 4 1862

A slave was digging/cleaning a brine well. He hit a log that would not move. It turned out to be hard pure salt.

Halt to Salt


The British government announced its intention to halt salt production and instructed salt agents to end salt manufacture asap.



C.A. Goesmann reported to the American Bureau of mines and theorized that the salt under Avery Island resulted from brine springs ascending through older desposits of salt. Acording to Goesmann, the nrine rises from seep within the earth while moving through earth's fissure and crystalzing near the surface.

Chesire law


Law forbids women and children to work between 6 AM to 6 PM at factories.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

1869 - 1948

Pepper salt sauce


Mcilhenny produced 985 bottles of a red pepper and salt mixture for one dollar each wholesale in New Orleans and along the Gulf. The sauce was used for seasoning in recipes that called for red pepper and salt.

Petite Anse Sauce


Mcilhenny obtained a patent and named his red pepper and salt sauce Petite Anse Sauce but it was changed to Tabasco sauce after a family disagreement.

under 18


An inquiry demands girls under 18 be barred from saltworks.

More Herring

1880 - 1900

After another long pause, the Herring swim through Kladesholmen 1880 to 1900.

Smokey Chesire

Approx. 1880

Chesire was described in a newspaper as "the smoke and smother of weary Winsford" as Chesire was covered in soot and glowing embers.

Death of canals

Approx. 1880

Age of canals dwindles to an end as railroads begin. Salt becomes less profitable in upstate New York as it was used less and less for food and more for manufacturing.

Greek Orthodox Church


The Greek Orthodox Church decided to build a church at the site of a Byzantine ruin in the town of Madaba.

The Indian National Congress Formed


Salt vacuum


First vacuum pan salt process was put in operation by Joseph Duncan in New York.

Salt Union


A group of London financiers raised $4 billion to buy the salt works company Salt Union Limited.

Sell out


Stubbs brothers sold out to the Salt Union in 1888



Chesire supplied 90% of British salt.

Rock salt in Zigong


Sichuan salt makers discover a layer of rock salt that feeds the ground water under Zigong.

Mine deaths


A 1100-foot shaft sunk and flooded with water and natural gases which killed six and lost investors money. It was successfully opened in 1907.

A mile deep shaft


A mile deep shaft was drilled in order to find coal but they instead found salt.

Price of Caviar doubled

1900 - 1915


January 10 1901

Spindletop was actually supposed to be a Texas salt dome that instead hit tons and tons of oil, resulting in spawning the age of petroleum.



Chinese stopped using Oxen in 1902 due to the introduction of the coal-fired steam engine.

Russian Revolt against the Czar


Salt monopoly law

January 1905

Salt monopoly law comes into force. The Japan Monopoly office set prices and ended imports.

magnesium carbonate in table salt


Morton introduces first magnesium carbonate in table salt

Ancient China ends

February 1912

Ancient China comes to an end when the last three millennia of Chinese emperors abdicated.

Western loan

April 1913

The new Chinese government obtained a Western loan from the Quintuple Group of Bankers of £25 million to start a salt industry. The entire revenue of the salt administration was put up to help repay the loan.

Chlorine canisters


In World War I, chlorine gas was exploded in canisters still they were put in artillery shells filled with carbonyl chlorine. AKA Mustard gas.

Maritime Custom


Till 1915, Maritime Custom was the leading government revenue source. However, Dane claimed he had reestablished a centralized salt administration in 1915.

Cleared up canal

1918 - 1922

Part of the Erie canal in Syracuse was closed and covered up five years later.


Approx. 1920

The paludiers spoke the language of Vercingetorix till the 1920s.

Palestine Potash Company

Approx. 1920

Moishe Novamentsky established a Palestine Potash Company along the northern coast of the dead sea in British ruled Palestine.

Tutankhamun tomb

1922 AD

Tutankhamun tomb is discovered and was the most elaborate and well preserved ever found.

More sell outs


Salt Union buys New Chesire Salt Works

Morton produces first iodized salt




Birdseye moves and establishes a frozen seafood company in the busy cod-fishing port of Gloucester, Massachusettes.

Pig Lard

1929 - 1933

Pig Lard accounted for 70% of the animal calories consumed.


Approx. 1930

Salt indusrty has long since vanished in Syracuse and were cleared away. Meanwhile the city struggled to clean up the lake so the area could be used for recreation.

Stubbs evaporator

Approx. 1930

Stubbses import their first salt evaporator to the New Chesire salt works.

Laws broken

April 6 1930

Gandhi publicly broke British law by picking up a piece of salt crust.

End of salt campaign

March 5 1931

Lord Irwin signed the Gandhi-Irwin pact, ending the salt campaign. Indians were now allowed to collect salt but for their use only. Political prisnors were released and a discussion to be held about British administration in India. It was considered a compromise.

Abolished gabelle


The gabelle remained a part of the French administration until it was abolished in 1946.

Arab League attacks Isreal


Spicy food, La


When Mao Zedong came into power, Hot spicy food, la, from southwestern China, became an official "fashion."
"If you don't eat la, you are not a revolutionary" was a popular saying.

Blue Jackets

Approx. 1950 - Approx. 1960

Blue Jackets, along with other matching attire, were the only clothes available in China during the 1950s and 1960s

Fish smoking station

Approx. 1960

A Polith archeaologist found a fish smoking station in the area of Znin. It dated back to the eighth and tenth centuries.

Israel's leading tourist attraction

Approx. 1960

Kibbutz built a hotel that today is Israel's leading tourist attraction

Thompsons fall

Approx. 1960

Thompsons' principal remaining market was destroyed by the Biafran war.



Remains of Viking-built turf houses were found in Newfoundland and dated back to 1000 AD.

Sheng Hai well goes deeper


Sheng Hai was drilled to 4400 feet (four-fifths of a mile)


Approx. 1970

When it became difficult to find people in southern Louisiana to pick peppers, the solution was to take the seeds from Avery Island back to Mexico and Central America each year.

Most Sicily salt works were abandoned

Approx. 1970

Most Sicily salt works were abandoned

Approx. 1970

Russian Shortage of Caviar

Approx. 1970

Oil Storage

Approx. 1970

US government decided to store an estimated 700 million barrels of oil in a select few of the 500 salt domes that have been identified in southern Louisiana and eastern Texas.



Ruins of a Basque whaling station was found on the coast of Labrador dating back to only 1530.

In French


Bill 101 required stores to have their names in French.

Stopping Table Salt


Avery Island salt stops producing table salt as the energy cost of the vacuum evaporators were too costly.

331 million


Pig population in China is estimated to be 331 million

Thompsons fall again


The Thompsons finally gave up in salt making.


1986 - 1994

Noirmoutier salt business almost died out with only 21 makers left.

Durnberg Salt mine closes do to lack of profit


Dayin farmers stop producing soy sauce

Approx. 1990

Mummy awareness


Westerners become aware of the mummies found in the Uyghur Autonomous Region of China.

Noirmoutier returns


A group of locals and off-islanders form a salt cooperative to bring back traditional salt making. Now almost 160 work on the island's salt ponds and market it through the cooperative.

Soy sauce


The state decides to stop producing soy sauce in Lezhi. Leaves 100 workers jobless.