IntroductionClass RollsSyllabusClass ParticipationClass GoalsMost People Think History is Dry, Boring and No Fun. Why?What is History?Why Study History?How Does History Affect You?What Can One Learn From History?Why do people leave their native lands and move to other parts of the world?What is their motivation?Is it complicated or very simple?The answers are very simple as they all deal with freedoms.Religious FreedomPolitical FreedomEconomic Freedom.1
What are some examples of these freedoms?What are reasons why people leave their native lands?Which of the two motives are more inspirational and have greater positive impact on people and the world?History 1700 American CivilizationLecture 1 - Why America?.2
Who knew about America? And when?American history is only a short essay in the history of the world. European advent to America dates as early as 1000 A. D. with the Norsemen of Scandinavia.Vikings as Indirect Discoverers but MotivatorsCirca 900-1000 CE Leif Erikson, son of Erik the Red, arrives in Newfoundland.Vinland:named for the numerous vines (grapes).Several attempts were made at settlementImportance of the Vikings in the New World is that they kept records of their travels known as Sagas. The Sagas are more than stories of their travels but navigational records to be able to be able to return without getting lost. Could be some of the first star gazers for travel.Map of the Viking worldWhat motivated the Europeans to venture westward?1095-1291 A. D. Christian Crusades to the Middle EastThe Christian Crusades were an attempt by the European Christians to recapture and liberate Jerusalem, the original site of Christendom, from Islamic dominance.Europeans (English, French, Spanish, Austrian, Germanic and others) develop a taste for the exotic delights of Asia..3
8360.Perfumes.8361.Spices.8362.Silks.8363.Drugs.8364.Tapestries.8365.Rugs.Affordability is the Problem.Italian city states monopolized the Asian trade in the Mediterranean. These cities were Venice, Florence, Pisa, Genoa, Padua, Siena, Caterina, Sicily and Naples. Monopoly made huge profits for the Italian merchants.