Ch 1: Chapter 1: Roots of the American People (Prehistory-1500)

About This Chapter

The Roots of the American People chapter of this Prentice Hall America Companion Course aligns with the same chapter in the Prentice Hall America: History of Our Nation textbook. These simple and fun video lessons are about five minutes long and help you learn the essential lessons about the origins of the American people.

How It Works

  • Find the lesson within this chapter that corresponds to what you're studying in the Roots of the American People chapter of your textbook.
  • Watch fun videos that cover the concepts on the American people's origins you need to learn or review.
  • Complete the quiz after watching each video lesson to test your understanding.
  • If you need additional help, rewatch the videos until you've mastered the material, or submit a question for one of our instructors.

You'll learn about all of the topics in the textbook chapter, including:

  • Native American history
  • Mesoamerican civilizations
  • The culture of the Aztecs
  • Pre-Columbian civilization
  • The Inca Empire and its army

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6 Lessons in Chapter 1: Chapter 1: Roots of the American People (Prehistory-1500)
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Native American History: Origins of Early People in the Americas

1. Native American History: Origins of Early People in the Americas

Because the first humans and civilizations got their start in Africa and the Middle East, historians and anthropologists have had to figure out how Native Americans got to the Americas. In this lesson we look at the three prevailing theories of the earliest migration to the New World.

Mesoamerican Civilizations: The Olmecs to Cortes

2. Mesoamerican Civilizations: The Olmecs to Cortes

This lesson focuses on the early cultures of Mesoamerica. The Olmec, Maya, and Aztecs developed great civilizations in Mesoamerica over millennia. Then, after all of this development and the building of a great empire, the Aztec were quickly defeated by Hernando Cortes.

The Aztecs: Civilization & Culture

3. The Aztecs: Civilization & Culture

A mythical origin, an intricate political and social system, impressive accomplishments, bloodthirsty gods, and a violent clash of two cultures - watch this video to learn more about the interesting history of the Aztecs!

The Inca Civilization and Pizarro: Pre-Columbian South America

4. The Inca Civilization and Pizarro: Pre-Columbian South America

The Incan Empire was an amazing empire of the early Americas. Their accomplishments rival those of many other great empires, but they were defeated by the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro in only a few years.

Incan Army: History & Practices

5. Incan Army: History & Practices

In this lesson, you will learn about the Inca Army through the eyes of a soldier, one of the 200,000 well-trained warriors tasked with defending and expanding South America's mighty Inca Empire.

Pre-Columbian Civilization: North American Indians Before Europeans

6. Pre-Columbian Civilization: North American Indians Before Europeans

Watch this video for an overview of the cultural groups of Native Americans as they lived at the time of first contact with Europeans. Some of these groupings, like the tribes of the plains, changed so much due to the addition of European influences, such as horses, that there is only conjecture as to how exactly they lived before European contact.

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