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  • A Brilliant Article on the History of kites by kites.com


    History of Kites


    You might not believe this, but the earliest known kites date back more than 2000 years. Though the exact origin is debated, it's believed the home of the first kite was Shandong, the eastern most province of China. One legend suggests a Chinese farmer tied a string to his hat to keep it from blowing away in strong winds, and from this concept the first kite was born.The first kites were constructed from common yet durable materials, such as bamboo for the framing covered by silk and paper. There is even evidence that emperors built wooden prototypes of kites that would hold the weight of soldiers, called "wooden black-eared kites". This would mark one of many applications that kites have had in war and surveillance throughout the years.

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