American History. 1492 to 1877. 8.H.2. 8 th Grade History Standard Colonization to Independence 2. North America, originally inhabited by American Indians, was explored and colonized by Europeans for economic and religious reasons. .
1492 to 1877
Colonization to Independence
2. North America, originally inhabited by American Indians, was explored and colonized by Europeans for economic and religious reasons.
Archaeology – the study of ancient people
Artifact – an item left behind by early people that represents their culture
Nomad- people who move from place to place, usually in search of food or grazing land
Migration – a movement of larger number of people into a new homeland.
Maize – an early form of corn grown by Native Americans
Carbon Dating– a scientific method used to determine the age of an artifact
Culture – a way of life of a group of people who share similar beliefs and customs
Civilizations– a highly developed culture, usually with organized religions and laws
Hieroglyphics – an ancient form of writing using symbols and pictures to represent words, sounds and concepts.
Federation – a type of government that links different groups together.
Columbus lands in the Americas
Farming develops in Mexico
Anasazi build pueblos in North America
Inca Empire reaches its height in South America
Asian Hunters entered North America
Last Ice Age Ends
Henry Hudson sails up the Hudson River
Italian traveler Marco Polo returns from China
When Europeans arrived in the Americas in the late 1400s, they found Native Americans living there.
Archaeologists have found artifacts that support the theory that Native Americans came across the land bridge, Beringia, that once joined Asia and the Americas.
Cause and Effect
The earth entered a long ice age causing oceans to freeze exposing the Beringia land bridge. What was one of the effects of this event?
The early Americans were skilled at hunting. They shaped pieces of stone and bone to make tools for chopping and scrapping.
Early on there were woolly mammoth, and mastodons which resembled modern elephants in size. A single mammoth provided tons of meat, enough to feed a group of people for months. They used every part of the animal. The skin was turned into clothing, carved the bones into weapons and tools, and have used the long ribs to build shelters.
About 12,000 years ago the earth’s temperatures began to rise. The great glaciers melted, the oceans rose, and Beringia was submerged again. The Americas were cut off from Asia.
The mammoths and other large animals began to die out, either from overhunting or because of changes in the environment. The early Americans had to find other sources of food.
The early Americans began to hunt for smaller game, such as deer, birds, and rodents. Those near rivers or lakes learned to catch fish with nets and traps. They began to collect wild berries and grains.
About 9,000 years ago, tribes in Mexico made a discovery that would shape the lives of Native Americans for thousands of years. They learned to plant and raise an early form of corn called maize. Their harvests were steady and a reliable source of food. They no longer needed to move from place to place to survive.
The Natives began to experiment with other kinds of seeds. They planted pumpkins, beans, chili peppers, avocados and squashes. They began producing more than enough food to feed themselves. They no longer needed to depend on wandering animals as their food source. The population grew along with the ever-increasing food supply.
Scientists have found traces of early villages that date from about 5,000 years ago.
They used a method called carbon dating to find out the age of an artifact. Carbon dating measures the amount of radioactive carbon that remains in the object helping to date the age of the object.
Hohokam – AD 300 to AD 1200, lived in the dry, hot desert of present-day Arizona. They were experts at squeezing every drop of water from the sunbaked soil. They developed irrigation channels to carry river water into their fields.
Anasazi – AD 200 to AD 1300, lived in four corners (Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico). They were known for their great stone dwellings called pueblos. Many of the pueblos were built into the walls of steep cliffs. This was for protection from enemies and winter weather.
The Mound Builders (Hopewell and Adena) – 200BC to 500AD in present day Pennsylvania to the Mississippi River Valley. These mounds were built as huge burial mounds in the shape of birds, bears, and snakes.
Cahokia – largest group of mound builders in present day Illinois. They built Monks Mound which is nearly 100 feet high.