Since prehistoric times, the bow was one of the main weapons of war and hunting in the world, except in Australia. Recreational archery. was also practised, together with the military, among the ancient Egyptians and Greeks, an example of which was the competition in which Odysseus won Penelope's hand. The Huns, the Seljuk Turks, the Mongols, and other nomadic archers dominated much of Asia for about 15 centuries from the 1st century AD C.
The English archers obtained glorious military victories in the Hundred Years War (1337-1453), while in continental Europe the crossbow was widely used, especially in Switzerland, Germany, France, and the Netherlands. In Europe, the bow and arrow were replaced by firearms as a military weapon in the 16th century. When the Spanish Navy attempted to invade England in 1588, a collection of troops from the English county consisted of a third of archers and two-thirds of soldiers with guns, and by the end of the century, the bow had been almost abandoned as a weapon.
The arch was maintained as a hunting weapon and archery continued to be practiced as a sport in England by the royal family and the general public. The first British archery companies date back to the 16th and 17th centuries. The Prince of Wales, then George IV, became the patron of the Toxophyllite Society in 1787 and established the length of the prince of 100 yards (91 meters), 80 yards (73 meters) and 60 yards (55 meters); These distances are still used in the York round of the British men's championship (six dozen, four dozen and two dozen arrows shot at each of the three distances).
These archery recreational activities have become the modern sport of archery. In 1844 the first of the Grand National Archery Meetings (the British championships) was held in York and the Grand National Archery Society became the governing body of the sport in the United Kingdom. International standards were standardized in 1931 with the founding of the International Federation of Tir à l'Arc (FITA; International Archery Federation) in Paris.
The first American archery organization was United Bowmen of Philadelphia, founded in 1828. At first, the sport was, as in England, a popular recreation of the middle and upper class. In 1870 many archery clubs were established and in 1879 eight of them formed the National Archery Association of the United States. In 1939, the United States National Archery Association was established to promote hunting, roving and field archery.
The number of archers worldwide has increased phenomenally since the 1930s, driven by considerable growth in the United States. At the end of the 20th century, there were probably more than 10 million American participants in all forms of this sport. Their ranks included those who use the bow to hunt the game; those who commit to shooting targets of various types at various distances for greater accuracy; and those who fight for increasing distances in filming "in-flight". If you have any query do comment below in the comment box.

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