America: A Concise History, Volume 1: To 1877 by James A. Henretta, David Brody

By James A. Henretta, David Brody

Short and cheap, but cautious to not sacrifice parts very important to scholar studying, the USA provides scholars and teachers every little thing they wish — and not anything they don’t. The authors’ personal abridgement preserves the hallmark explanatory energy of the father or mother textual content, aiding scholars to appreciate not just what occurred yet why — so they’re by no means left puzzling over what’s very important. a special seven-part narrative constitution highlights the an important turning issues in American heritage and explores the dynamic forces shaping each one interval, facilitating scholars’ knowing of continuity and alter. The narrative is enriched and bolstered through shiny full-color artwork and punctiliously crafted maps, which offer valuable instruments for pupil comprehension and enrichment. primary-source positive factors in each bankruptcy make sure that scholars comprehend ancient occasions as they have been considered nationally and across the world. the result's a short booklet that, as well as being an exceptional fee, is a superb price.

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Columbus then explored the neighboring Caribbean islands and demanded tribute from the local Taino [TIE-no], Arawak [air-a-WAK], and Carib peoples. Buoyed by the natives’ stories of rivers of gold lying “to the west,” Columbus left forty men on the island of Hispaniola (present-day Haiti and the Dominican Republic) and returned triumphantly to Spain. Although Columbus brought back no gold, the Spanish monarchs supported three more voyages. During those expeditions, Columbus began the colonization of the West Indies, transporting more than a thousand Spanish settlers — all men — and hundreds of domestic animals.

Women cultivated the fields around semipermanent villages and passed the use rights to these fields to their daughters. In these matrilineal societies, the father stood outside the main lines of descent and authority; the principal responsibility for child rearing fell on the mother and her brothers, and men often lived with their sisters rather than with their wives. Among these peoples, religious rituals centered on the agricultural cycle. The Iroquois, for example, celebrated green corn and strawberry festivals.

Some Native American peoples in present-day Mexico and Peru were raising domesticated crops. They gradually bred maize into an extremely nutritious plant that had a higher yield per acre than did wheat, barley, or rye, the staple cereals of Europe. They also learned to plant beans and squash with the maize, a mix of crops that provided a nourishing diet and kept the soil fertile. The resulting agricultural surplus encouraged population growth and eventually laid the economic foundation for wealthy, urban societies in Mexico, Peru, and the Mississippi River Valley.

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