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HIST 2010 Class NotesINTRODUCTIONHistory, in a broad sense, is a story about mankind, about us.We are the sum of thousands ofpeople who came before us.This course will focus on the early history of the United States.However, before we can gointo the actual history, there are certain things we must consider.Today, we see the U.S. as a large country, which spans two oceans.We know that our mainland borders are Canada, the Atlantic Ocean, thePacific Ocean, Mexico and the Gulf of Mexico.We can easily visualize this vast land.However, the people we will be studying could not.People then could not easilycomprehend the sizes and shapes of countries.We need to learn to visualize land and ideas as they saw them, a time when we werenot a country, but a group of colonies owned by another country, and before that,tribal lands owned by native Americans.Walt Whitman called our American Republic a "teeming nation of nations".What could hehave meant by this?How did this large area becomeonecountry?Europe, today, is struggling to accomplish the European Union.To become what we are…aunified economic force in the world.It is made up offour dozen independent nations, andis roughly the size of our mainland United States.Over33 different languagesare spoken,compared to ouronelanguage.We will learn how this unity was accomplished.You need to learnhow to interpret history…how to determine what is a fact, and what isa myth.Also, they need to learn how to make sure that all of the facts are given.When studying history, one must first establish the facts given.One way to do this is to usethe"W's", Who, What, When, Where, and Why.To illustrate, we will look at the following event.“In 1545, a ship, the Mary Rose, sank in Spithead anchorage off Portsmouth,England.”What is the Who/What?The When?The Where?Which fact is not given.(the Why)(The MaryRose is significant to history for many reasons, the most significant of which isthat it is the only 16thCentury ship on display and has enabled us to learn a vast amount ofinformation about ships in that century.)What I want you to learn to do is to read your history assignments and apply the "W's"to all you read.1
The second thing we need to become aware of is to recognize the context of history.What was going on in the rest of the world?To understand our early American history, it must be viewed in the context of theworld as it was at the time that America was discovered.Europe, in 1450, was just coming out of the Middle Ages.Lief Ericsson, a Scandinavian explorer had reached the northern shoresof the Americas and a settlement had been established in Newfoundlandin 1001 AD.However, this settlement was soon abandoned and forgotten.Nations had not been firmly established in Europe.Italywas divided into five major states.The Germanic peoples were loosely divided in to the Holy Roman Empire.Francewas much smaller than it is today.Spainwas divided into Christian and Islamic Moors (who had come from Africa.)England

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