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Early North American History - Chapter Summary
In this engaging chapter, you'll review topics related to early North American history. Our lessons cover geography, history and the civilizations present during this time period. This chapter is designed to help you:
- Describe the physical geography of North America
- Outline the origins of the early peoples in the Americas
- Explain the pre-Columbian civilization in North America before Europeans
- Define the Columbian Exchange
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1. Physical Geography of North America
The North American continent is a big place, with a diverse range of ecosystems, landforms, and climates. In this lesson, we'll look at the physical geography of North America and see how we can categorize all this land.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. The Columbian Exchange
The Columbian Exchange is a term used to denote the world-changing exchange of agricultural goods, slave labor, diseases, and ideas between the Eastern and Western Hemispheres that occurred after the year 1492 CE.
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