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The Rise of Urban America
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The Mayan society in Central America had built major city-based civilizations 1000 years before Europeans arrived. The first English settlers found no existing urban civilizations., although the Indians of the Northwest coast had established well- built settled villages with elaborate social structures.
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The North American Indians were nomadic or lived in agricultural villages. The concept of city came to North America with the Europeans. The first successful settlements were at Jamestown and the Plymouth Colony which were small towns.
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Five seaport communities spearheaded the urbanization of the 17 th . Century English colonies: Boston was the northernmost; Charles Town (Charleston) was the southernmost in S.C. Newport (RI) Philadelphia New Amsterdam (NY)
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The five important English urban settlements had similar characteristics: All had favorable sites; All were coastal seaports; Or, on navigable rivers
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This note was uploaded on 11/04/2009 for the course ISS 320 taught by Professor Houranni during the Spring '07 term at Michigan State University.

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