1-10-07 HIST 200 - History 200 Lecture#1 Pre-Contact...

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January 10, 2007 History 200 – Lecture #1 Pre-Contact Homeland for 9 to 10 million Native Americans Rich and quite diverse set of cultures Repetitious pushing back across the continent by persuasion, manipulation, force and conquest Contact/Invasion Invasion: Spanish, French, English Biological/Intercontinental/Columbian Exchange: exchange of flora and fauna between the old world and the new Europeans got gold, silver, corn, cotton from the New World Native Americans got wheat, sugar, coffee, disease ( smallpox , measles, bubonic plague, scarlet fever) By the time the English come in the number of Native Americans is down from 500,000 to 600,000 b/c of disease. Culture died as well. Why did the Europeans reach out? 1. Incapable of coming before they stabilize things are home first 2. There has to be something to attract them: riches of the Orient (south, east Asia: Marco Polo; spices, gems, sugar, silver, gold, porcelain, silk, material culture) 3.
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