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The 1850s is the sixth decade in the 19th century. In the United Kingdom, the Victorian age was in full swing. In France, Napoleon III was in power. And in the United States, lines were being drawn (ideologically, demographically, culturally, and politically) that would plunge the nation into civil war.

Known Events[]

  • 1850
  • 1851
    • The novel Moby Dick is published.[1]
    • The Singer sewing machine is invented.[2]
  • 1852
    • The Bon Marché is opened in Paris.[3]
    • Harriet Beecher Stowe completes Uncle Tom's Cabin.[4]
  • 1853
    • A Native American invents potato chips.[5]
    • Levi's pants are sold to gold miners.[6]
  • 1854
    • Norbert Rillieux moves to Paris.[7]
    • Mexico's national anthem "Mexicans at the Cry of War" is first sung.[8]
  • 1855
  • 1856
    • Florence Nightingale nurses soldiers during the Crimean War.[9]
  • 1857
    • The first packaged toilet paper is invented.[10]
  • 1858
  • 1859
    • Charles Darwin's theory of evolution is first published.[11]

Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego?[]

In Episode 31, Dr. Belljar taunts the Time Pilots by bragging that he's in a country led by Napoleon III. There, the Bon Marché just opened, thus introducing fixed prices. His clues lead the Time Pilots to France in the 1850s, specifically 1852.

In Episode 38, the Time Pilots meet Norbert Rillieux, a freeman of color who has just invented a sugar refinery machine. Unfortunately for him, Louisiana has just passed discriminatory laws lately, and tensions are rising between the states. Therefore, Norbert Rillieux is moving to Paris, where he will live out the rest of his life. His clues lead the Time Pilots to the 1850s, perhaps around the year 1854.