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Ch 1: First Contacts (28,000 BCE-1821 CE): Tutoring Solution

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The First Contacts (28,000 BCE-1821 CE) chapter of this AP US History Tutoring Solution is a flexible and affordable path to learning about early people in the Americas. These simple and fun video lessons are each about five minutes long and they teach all of the events and figures associated with first contacts required in a typical AP US history course.

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  • Begin your assignment or other AP US history work.
  • Identify the first contacts concepts that you're stuck on.
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  • Press play, watch and learn!
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
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This chapter of our AP US history tutoring solution will benefit any student who is trying to learn about first contacts and earn better grades. This resource can help students including those who:

  • Struggle with understanding origins of American Indian cultures, Mesoamerican civilizations, pre-Columbian South America, effects of colonization or any other first contacts topic
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Learning Objectives

  • Discuss Native American history.
  • Take a look at Mesoamerican civilizations.
  • Examine the Incan civilization and learn how it was conquered by Pizarro.
  • Describe the characteristics of pre-Columbian civilization.
  • Understand how Native Americans were affected by European colonization.
  • Learn about the characteristics of Spanish colonies in the Americas.
  • Discuss the Columbian Exchange and its long-term effects.

13 Lessons in Chapter 1: First Contacts (28,000 BCE-1821 CE): Tutoring Solution
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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 Inca Civilization and Pizarro: Pre-Columbian South America

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.

Pre-Columbian Civilization: North American Indians Before Europeans

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.

Effects of European Colonization: Christopher Columbus and Native Americans

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.

New Spain: Spanish Explorers and Spanish Colonies

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.

The Columbian Exchange

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.

Atahualpa: History & Facts

8. Atahualpa: History & Facts

Atahualpa was the last ruler of the Incan empire and was killed by the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro in 1533. Atahualpa is perhaps best known for providing a room full of gold and silver as his ransom for the Spanish, though they still executed him.

Blackfoot Tribe: History, Facts & Beliefs

9. Blackfoot Tribe: History, Facts & Beliefs

The Blackfoot tribe was a nomadic Native American group that lived on the Great Plains. Learn about their society and how contact with Europeans changed their culture forever in this lesson.

Clovis Points: Definition & Explanation

10. Clovis Points: Definition & Explanation

Explore the prehistoric stone tool called the Clovis Point, and test your learning about its use by ancient humans and discovery by modern archaeologists.

Creek Tribe: History, Facts & Culture

11. Creek Tribe: History, Facts & Culture

In an effort to keep the peace between Native Americans and white settlers, many tribes opened their culture to outside influence. These influences often caused strife within their own tribe. Learn about the Creek tribe and how they dealt with white settler influence in this lesson.

Hopi Indian Tribe: Facts, History & Culture

12. Hopi Indian Tribe: Facts, History & Culture

The Hopi tribe is comprised of agricultural people who live in the Southwest United States. Learn about their society, politics, and religion, as well as how they have dealt with contact with Europeans throughout time.

Manco Capac: History & Overview

13. Manco Capac: History & Overview

This lesson tells the story of Manco Capac, the mythical founder of the Inca Empire. It also discusses his namesake Manco Capac II, an emperor turned rebel leader who initiated a revolt against Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century CE.

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