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- Native American history
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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.
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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Effects of European Colonization: Christopher Columbus and Native Americans
The earliest explorers in the Western Hemisphere left a legacy that would shape the development of the Americas permanently. No matter what they came looking for, Europeans left behind death, horses, and metal.
6. New Spain: Spanish Explorers and Spanish Colonies
Who are the most well-known explorers and conquistadors of the New World? In this lesson, we'll look at some of the most infamous explorers. We'll discover the difference between explorers and conquistadors, and then learn about the encomienda system.
7. 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.
8. Apache Tribe: History, Facts & Culture
The Apache tribe was a nomadic group that lived in a large area in Southwestern America as well as parts of Mexico. Learn about their politics, society, and culture, as well how they dealt with the Spanish, Comanches, Mexicans, and the United States.
9. Atlantic Theory: Overview
The Atlantic theory proposes that ancient humanity first came to the New World by sailing the Atlantic by boat from Europe. Learn the evidence put forth by the archaeologists who support this theory.
10. British West Indies: Islands & Location
In this lesson, we explore the islands that made up the British West Indies. A term referring to any island controlled by the British Empire during the colonial period, these islands are interspersed throughout the Caribbean.
11. Cruel and Unusual Punishment Amendment: Definition & Examples
The following lesson covers a section of the 8th Amendment of the United States Constitution regarding cruel and unusual punishment. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check your understanding.
12. Huguenots: Definition, Summary & Beliefs
Learn about the French Protestant group known as the Huguenots, including their beliefs and how they fared early on. When you're done, take the quiz and see what you've learned.
13. The Olmec: Civilization & Culture
The first civilization of Central and North America, the Olmec, thrived from about 1500 BC to about 400 BC. Learn about the history of the Olmec and how their accomplishments influenced later American civilizations and cultures.
14. The History of Chocolate: Timeline & Facts
How much do you know about chocolate? You're probably aware that it tastes delicious and people love it, but did you know that ancient people began eating chocolate nearly 4,000 years ago? This lesson explores the history and timeline of chocolate.
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