Pre-Columbian - Pre-Columbian American and European...

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Pre-Columbian American and European Exploration (1800 B.C. – 1600 A.D.) I Vocabulary Old world – The world Europeans knew existed before 1492 (Europe, Asia, and Africa) New World – The Americas (North, Central, South) East Indies – Islands between Australia and South East Asia West Indies – Caribbean islands II 1 st North Americans 20,000 B.C. people start to migrate to north America Beringia – the land bridge that connected Asia and North America Why do these people come? They come to get food (wolly mammoth) Why didn’t they leave? Ice melted, sea levels rise, and bridge is covered III Early European Contact w/ New World Thorvald Eriksson – Viking explorer lands in new world by the year 1000 (Newfoundland) IV Factors motivating Europeans to explore world (15 th century) Renaissance (1100-1400) – Emphasis on learning. Curiosity Improved Navigation Tools (Magnetic Compass invented by the 12 th Century) Astrolabe – used to determine latitude Development of Nation States – states now have the money to sponsor explorers Development of Trade - Wanted a water route to Asia to avoid paying taxes, development of corporations (joint stock companies) (helped spread out the risk)
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This note was uploaded on 03/31/2008 for the course HIST 101 taught by Professor Wormer during the Spring '08 term at Texas A&M.

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