Ch 1: First Contacts in the Americas: Tutoring Solution

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The First Contacts in the Americas chapter of this Middle School U.S. History Tutoring Solution is a flexible and affordable path to learning about the first contacts in the Americas. These simple and fun video lessons are each about five minutes long and they teach all of the essential early American history concepts required in a typical middle school U.S. history course.

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  • Begin your assignment or other middle school U.S. history work.
  • Identify the early American history concepts that you're stuck on.
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  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
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This chapter of our middle school U.S. history tutoring solution will benefit any student who is trying to learn about the first contacts in the Americas and earn better grades. This resource can help students including those who:

  • Struggle with understanding Native American history, Mesoamerican civilizations, effects of European colonization or any other early American history topic
  • Have limited time for studying
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Learning Objectives

  • Review origins of early residents of the Americas.
  • Discover Mesoamerican civilizations and discuss Cortes.
  • Describe the Inca civilizations of pre-Columbian South America.
  • Study Christopher Columbus' relationship with Native Americans.
  • Describe Spanish explorers and colonies.
  • Understand the Columbian Exchange.

7 Lessons in Chapter 1: First Contacts in the Americas: 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.

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