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    1. Chapter 1: The World Before 1600 Big Picture: During the Ice Age, nomads crossed a land bridge connecting Asia and North America. Since then, people of various cultures have made America their home. Meanwhile in Europe and Africa, cultures that would one day explore the world and build colonies in the Americas were coming into contact.

    2. Chapter 1 Section 1: The Early Americas Main Idea: People arrived on the American continents thousands of years ago and developed flourishing societies.

    3. Migration to the Americas Hunters and Gatherers • 10,000 years ago Asia and North America were connected by a land bridge across the Bering Strait • Small groups of nomads(people who move from place to place) crossed the bridge into North America following a hunter-gatherer way of life • As the climate warmed, the land bridge disappeared and in the agricultural revolution Native Americans began planting and harvesting crops, which allowed them to settle into villages • Three crops dominated: corn, beans, and squash • This caused the population to grow and allowed for the growth of crafts

    4. Cultures of Central America and South America Olmec, Maya & Toltec Aztec and Inca • Olmec: centered around the Gulf of Mexico and influenced surrounding cultures • had the first system of writing • used slash-and-burnagriculture • Maya: rose as the Olmec declined • Cities served as religious cities • Created the concept of zero • Declined but still exist today • Toltec: rose as the Maya declined • Dominated central Mexico • were warriors, artisans, and builders • Aztec: came to power in the 1400s • Used canals and floating gardens to support large cities • Conquered most of their neighbors and demanded tribute payments • Most famous for their large-scale human sacrifice to their gods • Inca: rose to power in the Andes Mountains in South America • Conquered tribes along the coast and created an empire connected by roads and bridges

    5. The Earliest Cultures of North America • Southwest: • Grew crops and traded with each other • Hohokam and Anasazi built irrigation ditches and adobe buildings the Spanish later called pueblos • Declined due to drought and war • Mound Builders: • Centered in eastern North American from Mississippi River to Atlantic Ocean • Lived in clans and built massive mounds (included Adena and Hopewell) and had extensive trade networks • Mississippian Culture: • Also mound builders but were the most advanced culture • Introduced the hoe in agriculture and built massive pyramids for rulers

    6. Chapter 1 Section 2: North American Cultures in the 1400s Main Idea: A variety of complex societies existed in different regions of North America before European explorers arrived in the early 1500s.

    7. Regional Differences Among Native Americans Southwest • Pueblo people: governed by council of religious elders • Grew corn, beans, squash & cotton • Made pottery and baskets Northwest Coast and CA • Climate cool and rainy • Hunted game and fished in dugout canoes • Built large wooden houses Far North • Inuits: survived through hunting (not much agriculture) Great Basin and Plateau • Little rain, few trees • Populations remained small as they foraged and hunted small game Great Plains • Best known groups (Sioux, Cheyenne) • Followed the large herds (deer, elk and buffalo) Eastern Woodlands • Rather isolated from each other due to dense forests and mountains • Iroquois included several nations in the Northeast and built longhouses Southeast • Grew crops and built thatch-roof log cabins plastered with mud

    8. Native American Customs Family Relations • Family was the center of society and family groups were arranged into clans • Kinship determined status, marriage and inheritance; usually matrilineal Social and Political Structures • Some had strict social classes, others were more equal • Nearly all tribes were headed by a chief and run by a council of elders Land Use • Did not believe in ownership of land • Believed it was a gift from the Great Spirit to be used by all • Would go to war over control of hunting grounds Division of Labor • Women usually cultivated and harvested crops and men hunted • Childcare usually went to women • Women made clothes and pottery, men usually did wood and metal work Religious Beliefs • All had spiritual connection to the natural world • All societies had creation myths • Animals were thought to be powerful spirits • Most tribes had shamans thought to have spiritual and healing powers

    9. Trading Networks Link Native American Societies • Trade was usually conducted through a barter system • Tribes traded surplus goods for more scarce materials, leading to specialization by tribe • Trading networks developed to connect various tribes and varied in size • Tribes traded ideas as well as goods, especially architectural techniques and religious beliefs

    10. Chapter 1 Section 3: African Cultures before 1500 Main Idea: Trade was a major factor in the development of African societies south of the Sahara.

    11. West African Trading Kingdoms/Kingdoms in East Africa Trans-Sahara Trade • Trade through the desert was dangerous but was worth the risk • Tribes in the interior traded gold and ivory for salt • Traders also helped spread Islam into West Africa Ghana: most powerful, wealthy tribe • Culture spread through the oral tradition • They did not convert to Islam Mali • Conquered Ghana in 1240 and were Muslims • Built a university in Timbuktu that became a center of Islamic learning Songhai • Mid-1400s, surpass the Mali • Eventually control most of the Niger River Valley Costal Kingdoms • 1300- Benin becomes a powerful costal state • in 1400s, trade centers shift to the coast East Africa • Traded with the Middle East, Egypt & India • Influenced religion and culture • Swahili emerged combining Arabic and the language of the Bantu people

    12. African Society and the Slave Trade • Family was the center of society; biggest division was between free and slave • People were enslaved due to war, crime, and debt but could usually work their way out • When the Portuguese arrived in the late 1400s, they made slavery permanent and used slaves to work plantations, especially in the Caribbean • Atlantic slave trade met a need for cheap labor but also reflected a European belief that black Africans were inferior • Misunderstandings over slavery and desire to weaken other tribes or obtain European goods led to cooperation by tribes with European slave traders • Slave trade lasted 400 years and 20 millionslaves were shipped to the Americas

    13. Chapter 1 Section 4: Europe and Exploration Main Idea: Renaissance ideas changed Europeans’ medieval outlook and inspired them to explore the world.

    14. The Middle Ages • Middle Ages: 500-1500- time immediately following the fall of the Roman Empire • Feudalism rose to protect peasants by binding them to lords • Roman Catholic Church dominated peoples’ lives and led to the Crusades: series of wars to take the Holy Land from Muslims • Led to trade with Middle East and the development of towns as centers of trade and commerce • Late Middle Ages- rise of nation-states: kings with centralized power and armies taking power from lords • Some nobles fought back: English nobles forced King John to sign the Magna Carta in 1215 (trial by jury, representation in government)

    15. The Renaissance and Protestant Reformation • Renaissance: begins in Italy and spreads throughout Europe • led to a revival of learning, science, and trade • People began questioning the church Protestant Reformation: attempt to correct abuses within the Church that led to the development of various denominations • In Spain, Catholicism was firmly established with the rule of Ferdinand and Isabella • They expelled the Muslims in Granada and purged Protestants in the Spanish Inquisition

    16. The Age of Exploration Marco Polo & Prince Henry the Navigator • Renaissance and Crusades led to exploration and expansion of trade • Italian Marco Polo made a successful voyage to China and wrote a book that inspired other explorers • Prince Henry of Portugal established a school and naval observatory to encourage exploration • Sponsored expeditions along the western coast of Africa • Established trade with many costal tribes Sailing Technology & Sea Route to Asia • Portuguese developed a new sailing vessel called the caravel:central rudder, triangular sails, cargo holds • Inventions like the astrolabe allowed sea travel beyond the coast • Travel to Asia by land was time consuming, expensive, and dangerous • Explorers began looking for a sea route • Dias and da Gama both rounded the southern tip of Africa; da Gama made it to India and back

    17. Chapter 1 Section 5: Cultures Make Contact Main Idea: Columbus’ voyages to the Americas established contact with Native Americans and led to European colonies and an exchange of goods and ideas.

    18. Vikings and Columbus Vikings Visit North America • Vikings from Norway are first to reach North America • They attempt to colonize in Vineland, a settlement in what is now eastern Canada but it is unsuccessful Columbus Voyages to the Caribbean • Christopher Columbus was an Italian explorer who convinced Queen Isabella of Spain that a westward voyage to Asia was possible • August 1492: Columbus sails westward with three ships • They find land three weeks later in the Caribbean • Because he thought he was in the east Indies, Columbus called the people Indians • The locals showed him gold, but after one of his ships ran aground, Columbus returned to Spain • Columbus made three more voyages to the Americas and died assuming he was in the east Indies

    19. Impact on Native Americans • Columbus’ voyages set off a wave of colonization, starting in Hispaniola • Relations between the Spanish and the natives quickly soured and Europeans began enslaving the natives • Priest Bartolome de Las Casas attempted to win better treatment of the natives and laws were passed to protect them, but these laws were rarely enforced

    20. The Columbian Exchange • Exchange of plants, animals, language, technology, and disease between Europe and the Americas From North America: From Europe: *Beans *bananas *Corn *cattle *Coca *citrus fruit *pumpkins/squash *peaches *peanuts *honeybees *turkey *pigs *tobacco *horses *potatoes/sweet potatoes *wheat *tomatoes *grapes *syphilis *smallpox/measles