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1. Using the website, click on Unit 1
and go through the material presented there. You may play the
presentation or read the text version. Please complete all of the
Explore assignments in lessons 1-3
2. Read Chapter 2: 1493: The True Importance of Christopher
Columbus from “Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your
American History Textbook Got Wrong” Chapter 2 of this book can
be found on the Google Books site at
A. What was going on in Europe just before Columbus sailed to
the “New World”?
B. How does Loewen say this is different from what is in the
typical history textbook?
C. Why, after the accidental discovery of America, does Europe
“embrace a new continent”?
D. How does this change your understanding of the founding of
America and Columbus?
3. Using the primary sources on the following website answer the
following Discussion Questions
1. Overall, what are the Europeans' first impressions of the new
lands and their inhabitants?
2. What do they find important to relate in their reports?
3. How do the native inhabitants respond to the explorers? How do
the Europeans interpret these responses?
4. How does each document address its intended audience?
5. What evidence is presented for the explorers' having reached
6. What goals do the Europeans stress for further expeditions?
7. What do you find predictable or surprising in the reports?
8. What does your response to question #7 indicate about
evaluating documents of another age?
4. Read in the textbook pages 2-22
5. complete the following assignments on Discovery and Settlement of
the New World
European explorers were eager to find easier trade routes to Asia as trade
interests grew and more people looked to buy products and goods. Their
discoveries claimed new territory for Europe and opened up a new water route
around America to Asia.
Directions: Complete the chart below by writing the purpose, a short description,
and the main results of each explorer's journey.
Pedro Alvares
Amerigo Vespucci
Vasco Nunez de
Description of
On the map below label the areas where the British, Dutch, Swedish,
French and Spanish originally settled along the Atlantic.
Be prepared for these assignments on the first day of class
Geography Quiz #1:
Misc. world, the Americas and Colonization
Asia, Europe, Africa, North America, South America, Australia, Antarctica, Pacific
Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean, Arctic Ocean, Bering Sea (Strait), St. Lawrence
River, Strait of Magellan, Rocky Mountains, Andes Mountains, Appalachian Mountains,
Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea, Rio Grande, Amazon River, Mississippi River, Yucatan
Peninsula, Scandinavia, Mediterranean Sea, Equator, Mexico, United Kingdom, England,
Scotland, Portugal, Canada, USA, France, Spain, Peru, Brazil, India, China, Russia,
Arabian, Peninsula, Italy, Bahamas, California, Florida, Louisiana Territory, Quebec,
Northern colonies: Massachusetts (Boston), New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut
Middle colonies: New York (New Amsterdam-->New York City), New Jersey,
Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)
Southern colonies: Maryland, Delaware, Virginia (Jamestown), South Carolina, North
Carolina, Georgia
Possible vocabulary, chapter review terms and review essay prompts:
(1) nomadic, mestizo, isthmus, matrilineal, whetted, cataclysmic, epochal, ecosystems,
reverberations, bullion, burgeoning, encomienda, pagans, dubious, quell, Francisco
Pizarro, Juan Ponce de Leon, Hernando de Soto, Columbus, Montezuma, Hernan Cortes,
Ferdindand Magellan, Vasco Nunez Balboa, Francisco Coronado, Renaissance, Treaty of
Tordesillas, Great Ice Age, Spanish Armada, Act of Toleration, conquistadors, Aztecs,
missions, inflation
Possible essay prompts:
How did events in Europe, Asia, and Africa motivate Spanish exploration,
colonization, and empire building in the Americas?
Analyze the factors that worked for and against the Native Americans following the
arrival of the Spanish and other Europeans.
To what extent were the conquistadores villains or heroes for their actions in the
Analyze the extent of Spain’s presence in the Americas by the mid to late 1700s.
Hands-on History Assignment:
It is widely accepted that North and South America were settled by the crossing of the
Bering Land Bridge during the last ice age. It is also widely accepted that Columbus’
voyages began a radical revolution—the mixing of cultures and new conquest of the
 Research 2 theories that propose other possible exploration and settlement of the
Americas that occurred ;between these two events.
 Write a solid, “beefy,” and well edited paragraph explaining the two theories. Cite
specific evidence and rate the reliability of the evidence.
 Include at least two sources that you used.