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Ch 28: MTTC History: Pre-Columbian North America

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Review life in America before Columbus as you get ready for the MTTC History exam. This series of video lessons features all the important concepts about pre-Columbian North America that you'll need to know for the exam.

MTTC History: Pre-Columbian North America - Chapter Summary

Use our video lessons for a flexible and fun review of early North American history before you take the MTTC History exam. Our instructors guide you through all the critical events and components of this period in history, including:

  • The origins of early American people
  • Mesoamerican civilizations and Cortes
  • The Incas of South America
  • North American Indians before the Europeans arrived
  • Christopher Columbus and his relationship with Native Americans
  • Spanish explorers and colonies in the new world
  • Impact of the Columbian Exchange

Learning or reviewing early North American civilizations for the MTTC History exam is simple and easy with the short video lessons used in this chapter. You can start from the beginning and watch all the videos in this series of lessons or pick out just the topics you need the most help with. You'll also find lesson transcripts that are useful for reviewing definitions of key terms related to this early period in U.S. history.

Objectives of the MTTC History: Pre-Columbian North America Chapter

The MTTC History exam tests you on all the critical subjects you'll need to teach history in Michigan. It has four subareas and is a multiple-choice exam. Questions might ask you to read a passage, look at a map or read a few sentences before selecting the best option from a series of answers. Pre-Columbian North America topics are covered in the U.S. history subarea, which encompasses 33% of the exam. Our quick self-assessment quizzes are a useful tool for getting familiar with the format of the exam questions before you take the real exam.

7 Lessons in Chapter 28: MTTC History: Pre-Columbian North America
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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