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Ch 28: FTCE Social Science: Pre-European Civilizations in North America

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The lessons in our Pre-European Civilizations in North America chapter tell the story of the people who were there to greet Leif Erikson and Christopher Columbus. Meet the true discoverers of America while you study for the FTCE Social Science exam.

FTCE Social Science: Pre-European Civilizations in North America - Chapter Summary

This is the history of the original Americans, the ancient peoples who trace their presence in the New World back into the mists of time. While you review these video lessons describing these extraordinary people, let their story become part of your body of knowledge as you get ready to take FTCE Social Science test. The videos cover the topics given below and more:

  • Overview of America's original peoples
  • Great civilizations of Mesoamerica: Olmec, Aztec, Maya and Inca
  • The disappearance of the Mayans
  • The history of the Incan empire
  • Native North American cultures prior to European contact
  • Case study of three societies of the American Southwest and Midwest
  • Arctic and sub-Arctic societies: the Inuit and Aleut

This refresher course combines a number of convenient and useful features into a well-designed and easy-to-use study tool. Each lesson provides comprehensive information in a brief but interesting and informative format, and is accompanied by a short quiz and chapter test. Vocabulary terms are highlighted in the videos and in the transcripts that accompany them, and easy access to instructors ensures that whenever you need help, it's there for you.

10 Lessons in Chapter 28: FTCE Social Science: Pre-European Civilizations in North America
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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.

Mayan Civilization: Economy, Politics, Culture & Religion

3. Mayan Civilization: Economy, Politics, Culture & Religion

In this lesson, we explore the Mayan civilization of Southern Mexico and Central America. A rich and culturally-vibrant civilization, its sudden disappearance from the annals of history have puzzled scholars for years.

Mayan Disappearance: Theories & Concept

4. Mayan Disappearance: Theories & Concept

For many years, archaeologists have studied the collapse of the Maya civilization. Learn the different theories archaeologists believe were responsible for the downfall of the Maya.

The Aztecs: Civilization & Culture

5. 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

6. 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.

The Incan Empire: History & Fall

7. The Incan Empire: History & Fall

If we look at 15th-century Mesoamerica, we see that the fastest growing empire of the time was the Incan Empire. The Inca created an elaborate society, which, before it fell to the Spanish, was the largest nation on Earth, and it remains the largest native state to have existed in the western hemisphere.

Pre-Columbian Civilization: North American Indians Before Europeans

8. 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.

The Apache, Navajo & Mandan Civilizations

9. The Apache, Navajo & Mandan Civilizations

In this lesson, we explore three Native American tribes in, what is today, the America's Southwest and Midwest. Though all three were different cultures, they were all ultimately decimated by the same thing: contact with European settlers.

The Inuit & Aleut Civilizations of the Far North

10. The Inuit & Aleut Civilizations of the Far North

In this lesson, we explore the northern North American civilization of the Inuit and the Aleut, who eked out livings in the roughest of North American climates.

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