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By James A. Henretta

ISBN-10: 0312485417

ISBN-13: 9780312485412

Short and reasonable, but cautious to not sacrifice components important to pupil studying, the USA provides scholars and teachers every little thing they need, and not anything they don’t. The authors’ personal abridgement preserves the hallmark explanatory powerof the father or mother textual content, supporting scholars to appreciate not just what occurred, yet why — so they’re by no means left brooding about what’s very important. a different seven-part narrative constitution highlights the the most important turning issues in American heritage and explores the dynamic forces shaping every one interval, facilitating scholars’ realizing of continuity and alter. The narrative is enriched and bolstered by way of vivid full-color artwork, rigorously crafted maps, and primary-source good points in each bankruptcy. the result's a short publication that, as well as being an outstanding fee, is a wonderful worth.

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C. 20°N era PACIF IC O CEAN Current scholarship holds that the migrating peoples initially traveled on a narrow strip of ice-free land along the Pacific coast. , migrants may also have used the inland routes from present-day Alaska to the American interior. she Laurentide ice FLORIDA E Gulf of Mexico S Caribbean Sea Many groups, accustomed to living at the ocean’s edge, probably continued along this route, pushing ever southward into South America. 1 The Ice Age and the Settling of the Americas Some 16,000 years ago, a sheet of ice covered much of Europe and North America.

But with few people and a bountiful natural environment, the settlers in North America created a bustling economy. ” SOCIETY Simultaneously, some European settlements became places of oppressive captivity for Africans, with profound consequences for America’s social development. As the supply of white indentured servants from Europe dwindled after 1680, planters in the Chesapeake region imported enslaved African workers to grow tobacco. Wealthy British and French planters in the West Indies bought hundreds of thousands of slaves from African traders and rulers and forced them to labor on sugar plantations.

By 1500, Tenochtitlán was a metropolis, with magnificent palaces and temples and more than 200,000 inhabitants — making it far larger than most European cities. The splendor of the city and its elaborate crafts dazzled Spanish soldiers. “These great towns and pyramids and buildings arising from the water, all made of stone, seemed like an enchanted vision,” marveled one Spaniard. The Aztecs’ strong institutions, military power, and wealth posed a formidable challenge to any adversary, at home or from afar.

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