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CH1 – New World Beginnings

Time Frame: 33,000 BCE – 1769 CE

Objectives: At the end of this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Describe the geological and geographical conditions that set the stage for North American history.
  • Describe the origin and development of the major Indian cultures of the Americas.
  • Explain the developments in Europe and Africa that led to Columbus’s voyage to America.
  • Explain the changes and conflicts that occurred when the diverse worlds and peoples of Europe, Africa, and the Americas collided after 1492.
  • Describe the Spanish conquest of Mexico and South America, and of the later Spanish colonial expansion into North America.
  • Describe the major features of Spain’s New World Empire, including relations with the native Indian populations.


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