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Ch 19: NMTA: First Contacts in the Americas

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Brush up on your knowledge of the first contacts of European explorers with native peoples in the Americas. Use these lessons to prepare to answer these history questions on the NMTA Middle Grades Social Science test.

NMTA: First Contacts in the Americas - Chapter Summary

Our instructors provide a closer look at the native peoples European explorers encountered when they arrived in the Americas. The lessons in this chapter cover topics that may appear on the NMTA Middle Grades Social Science exam, such as:

  • Theories about the origin of American Indian cultures
  • The Inca civilization in South America
  • Characteristics of North American peoples before the arrival of the Europeans
  • Factors that led to European exploration and the effects of colonization on native peoples
  • Spanish explorers and colonies in the Americas

Each of our experienced instructors is an expert in his or her field. The instructors provide compelling presentations using engaging visuals to make studying fun. Lesson quizzes offer an opportunity for you to see how well you grasped the presented materials.

NMTA: First Contacts in the Americas Chapter Objectives

The 150 question NMTA Middle Grades Social Science test is required by the state of New Mexico for teachers seeking an endorsement to teach this subject to middle grades students. All test questions are multiple choice. You will have 3 hours to complete the test.

History accounts for 50% of the test score. To further prepare for this test, be sure to take the multiple choice chapter exam to drive home what you learned in our video lessons about these events in world history.

5 Lessons in Chapter 19: NMTA: First Contacts in the Americas
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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.

The Inca Civilization and Pizarro: Pre-Columbian South America

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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.

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