The First People to Engage in Whaling, the Basque People of Spain and Southern France, the Banning of Whaling During the Late 20th Century, the Purpose of Whaling During Antiquity, the Earliest Documented Whale Oil Use, How Whale Oil is Created, and Margarine Replacing Whale Oil During the 1930’s

The first people ever recorded to engage in whaling was the Basques during the 7th century. The Basques were indigenous people from the area between northern Spain and southern France. Whaling was banned in 1986. Whaling was important because it provided a clean and bright burning fuel which was used for light. The earliest document mentioning the use of whale oil for lighting was written by the Basques in 670 AD. Whale oil is created by boiling strips of blubber. Whale oil was originally used i...

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