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What to Do? Towards a Comprehensive and Inclusive US History (PPT Page 3) 1. Assume land is occupied a. When Columbus jumps off his ships, North America (and South America) alredy occupied by mature established nations. 2. Assume non-British controlled areas are important a. France in present day Canada, Dutch in New York, Spanish in southwest, Russians and Asians northwest 3. Remember that the U.S. is in the Western Hemisphere 4. Not all U.S. contiguous a. i.e. Alaska, Philippines A New Political (and Economic) Geography (PPT Page 4) 1. U.S. 1500 to the Present a. Early concentration of people in Central America (pre-Columbian) b. Development around plantation economies c. Sugar, coffee growing importance d. Majority of African slaves sent to Brazil
2. Myth of manifest destiny

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