Native American History: Origins of Early People in the Americas


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The most accepted theory of how early people found their way to the Americas is:

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1. How were the first settlers of the America believed to have been influenced by Beringia?

2. According to the Atlantic Theory, spear tips that were first found in _____ were offered as evidence for the Land Bridge theory because similar points have been discovered in the area around Beringia.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Native Americans have populated the Americas since well before Columbus' discovery in the 15th century, but how did they get there? The following quiz/worksheet combo will teach you about - and test you on - the theories of Native American origins.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to gauge your knowledge of:

  • A respected theory of how early people came to the Americas
  • What area of frozen land the earliest people may have crossed to the Americas
  • Where clover points were found
  • Features of the 'Kennewick Man' and what they resemble
  • Which people share similarities to native South American people

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main terms, such as the Oceanic Theory
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding where the Native Americans may have originated from and any evidence that supports it
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the theories of Native American origins

Additional Learning

To learn more about where the first people who settled in the Americas came from, review the lesson entitled Native American History: Origins of Early People in the Americas. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Explores the Bering Land Bridge Theory
  • Discusses the possibility of the Atlantic Theory
  • Describes the Oceania Theory as a possible explanation