A People and a Nation: A History of the United States, Brief by Mary Beth Norton, Jane Kamensky, Carol Sheriff, David W.

By Mary Beth Norton, Jane Kamensky, Carol Sheriff, David W. Blight, Howard Chudacoff

The short variation of A humans AND A country preserves the text's method of American background as a narrative of all American humans. identified for a few strengths, together with its well-respected writer workforce and interesting narrative, the publication emphasizes social background, giving specific consciousness to race and racial identification. Like its full-length counterpart, the short 8th variation makes a speciality of tales of daily humans, cultural range, paintings, and pop culture. a brand new layout makes for simpler examining and note-taking. occasions as much as and together with the election of 2008 are up-to-date and integrated, and new bankruptcy has been written on "The Contested West." on hand within the following cut up ideas: A humans AND A country, short 8th variation entire (Chapters 1-33), ISBN: 0547175582; quantity I: To 1877 (Chapters 1-16), ISBN: 0547175590; quantity II: because 1865 (Chapters 16-33), ISBN: 0547175604.

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Wind would power their ships. But where would Atlantic breezes carry their squarerigged ships, which needed the wind directly behind the vessel? The answers would be found in the Mediterranean Sailing in the Atlantic, the expanse of the Atlantic Ocean south and west Mediterranean Atlantic of Spain and bounded by the Azores (on the west) and the Canaries (on the south), with the Madeiras in their midst. Europeans reached all three sets of islands during the fourteenth century. Sailing to the Canaries from Europe was easy because strong Northeast Trade winds blew southward along the Iberian and African coastlines.

In fact, while many colonists relied on Indians for food, they also heightened animosities by antagonizing them or, as one British scientist wrote, killing some with little cause. Ironically, the solution this scientist, Thomas Harriot, proposed was on the one hand to treat native people with greater humanity, but on the other hand, to take advantage of the fact that they are easily manipulated toward whatever ends Europeans sought. And if they resisted, he recommended the use of military force, and he hoped conversion to Christianity would civilize them and make such conquest unnecessary.

The conquerors employed first American and later, enslaved African workers, to till the fields, mine the precious metals, and herd the livestock that generated immense profits. The initial impact of Europeans on the Americas proved devastating in just decades. Europeans’ diseases killed millions, and their livestock, along with other imported animals and plants, irrevocably modified the American environment. Europe, too, was changed: American foodstuffs like corn and potatoes improved nutrition, and American gold and silver first enriched, then ruined, the Spanish economy.

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