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Chapter 1 New World Encounters Note : For each chapter I will provide you with general notes dealing with some of the main events and concepts in that chapter. As you read, make sure that you find these and understand their meaning and importance. Introduction : In this chapter we will be looking at the first “discovery” of America by Asian hunters somewhere between 20,000 and 30,000 years ago and the Native American cultures that developed after their coming. We will also examine the first European contacts with the New World. Beringia Paleo-Indians – small nomadic groups, spear-throwing hunters of large animals Did not bring diseases such as measles and smallpox with them from Asia Began growing basic crops – corn, squash, pumpkins, tomatoes, potatoes, tobacco, and bananas. All grown in the new world and unknown to European explorers Anasazi Culture Lived in what are now New Mexico, Utah and Colorado Established permanent villages as large as 15,000 people Built advanced network of irrigation canals and highways 100 miles long Their pueblos rose 5 stories high on walls made of adobe and faced with sandstone Reason for their sudden disappearance unknown; perhaps a drought of 30 years Aztecs Lived in the Mexico City area Ruled by force and reclaimed marshland for the capital city of 250,000 inhabitants Worshipped a sun god and practiced human sacrifice
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This note was uploaded on 10/07/2010 for the course HIST 1302 taught by Professor Jones during the Spring '08 term at Richland Community College.

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