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Early US History Week 2 Notes

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Early US History Week 2 Notes HI 1063

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These notes are from week 2 of Early US History.
Early US History
Peter Messer
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Date Created: 08/25/16
8/23/16­ 8/25/16 US History • How was life fro Native Americans changing through 1500? • In what ways were Native ideas brought about and institutions of society, religion, and politics  similar or different to European nations? • Native North America­ 1450 ­ very diverse ­ Native Americans arrived around 25,000­12,000 years ago ­ believed to have first settled in the west • Central Plains ­ Clovis: 10,000­8000 BCE • probably hunters (wooly mammoths, bison) • named after specific spearpoints  • climate shift occurs and Pleistocene Megafauna begin to die out ­ Folsom people: 8500­5000 BCE • very similar to Clovis  • more fluting on spearpoints • buffalo jumps ­ run buffalo off cliff as a form of “hunting” • more political and social organization than Clovis ­ Dry period: 5000­2000 BCE • drought • migrations ­ east to River Valley off the Plains ­ west to front range • small animal hunting • agriculture ­ front range of Rockies • began to take advantage of a series of microclimates • very in­tune with geography and climate  • adapting! • hunting  8/23/16­ 8/25/16 US History ­ drive lanes • rock walls built to trap animals • Climate change is causing people to change and adapt to the environment. • Climate Change Persists ­ wet period: 800­1220 • high point of population on the Plains ­ dry period: 1200­1500 • people retreat from Plains to the River Valley • Pawnee • Arikaras ­ agriculture • 3 sisters 1. corn­ Mexico; arrives in US around 300 BCE; staple 2. beans­ good source of protein and carbs 3. squash­ good source of protein and carbs • caused people to hunt less; also caused population increase • friendlier to a more centralized political system • still need hunters and farmers ­ men= hunters ­ women= farmers • responsible for half the food • owns crops and land • VERY different from Europe ­ men own everything in Europe ­ women are treated like property • since they own crops and land, they also have political influence • Continental Trade Goods­ links Native Americans ­ textiles traded for buffalo meat ­ buffalo meat and robes traded for copper ­ trade brought in disease, technology, and steel 8/23/16­ 8/25/16 US History • Hohokam: 800­1100 ­ Phoenix, Arizona area ­ built canals around Salt River Valley  ­ rather sophisticated ­ built big houses and ball courts • proves political and social organization ­ the canals dry out (drought), people try to take other people’s canals, therefore war  breaks out • Cahokia: 700­1200 ­ largest city in North America (25,000 people) but still relatively small compared to other  major cities around the world ­ drought destroys city • no more farming; fighting over useable farmland ­ trade center • spread of disease • Indians on Arrival ­ rise of peoples • Iroquois Confederation  • Creeks, Choctaw, Shawnee • generally the older groups demise and new groups emerge • Iroquois­ 5 peoples and 5 clans­> lead by women ­ mythic leaders • Deganawidah­ spiritual leader, “medicine man”, created a peace treaty between 5  peoples of the Iroquois • Hiawatha­ Deganawidah’s little brother ­ very violent • because of violence, created Confederation  • Iroquois government is decentralized ­ war chief 8/23/16­ 8/25/16 US History ­ hunt chief ­ camp chief  • VERY different from highly centralized government of Europe • Iroquois government only recommends people do things; no force • Indian religion ­ animistic­ animals and man have equal spiritual power; land as well; man can control  animals and animals can control man ­ balance­ no good and evil; everything is in balance ­ pragmatic­ spiritual leaders • European colonization ­ technology • improved sailing ships ­ Arab: lanteen sail ­ Portuguese: caravel • mapping ­ currents ­ wind ­ Portuguese exploration • pioneers in mapping and ship design • first nation to move out into the Atlantic to look for new trade routes (India, China) • Cape Bojador: 1434 • Cape of Good Hope: 1488 • Sao Tome: 1471 ­ uninhabited ­ sugar will grow ­ laborers (slaves) from West Africa  ­ plantation style  ­ Europe learns about sugar, slaves, and plantation 8/23/16­ 8/25/16 US History • Africa ­ old trade routes are inefficient, dangerous, and expensive ­ Africans know their advantages with Europe ­ people that don’t usually trade get the chance to ­ West Africa • gold • slaves • characterized by a bunch of small states that are constantly competing  ­ less about controlling land and ore about controlling people (slaves) ­ slaves serve in armies, work as traders, servants of the king, and work on  plantations  • small gap between slave and slave owner  • paths for freedom • diverse • Spain ­ centralized by war (monarch) ­ surplus population (soldiers were there after war) ­ religious mission (spread Catholicism) ­ money??? • Conquest of the Indies ­ Columbus: 1492 • 10,000 miles off about the size of the world • goes to Portugal= denied • goes to England= denied • goes to Spain= agrees to fund trip • finds “Indians” on his journey (Tainos) ­ Indians are struck by Columbus’s steel, clothes, etc. ­ Columbus sees a workforce in the Indians 8/23/16­ 8/25/16 US History • doesn’t find big cities or trade routes like there were supposed to be in India (HE  WAS IN THE WRONG PLACE) ­ finds gold • Encomienda­ labor institution ­ land to leaders ­ right to use Indian labor • protect­ Tainos have rival/war • convert ­ encomendaros • Black Legend­ disease ­ 1492­1514: population went from millions to hundreds of thousands ­ mass depopulation • Conquest of Mexico ­ Aztec Empire­ 13th or 14th century • Tenochtitlan­ central Mexico, capital of Aztec Empire • a lot of cities • very war­like, very commercial • Tlaxcalan ­ only part in center that’s not conquered ­ flowery wars­ individual combat, winners take losers back for human sacrifice • non­lethal fighting technique and technology • Hernan Cortez: 1519 ­ Spanish ­ moves to Caribbean, ends up in east Mexico ­ Montezuma sends gold to impress the Spanish • has opposite effect  • Cortez moves into the Aztec Empire ­ runs into Tlaxcalans and they form and ally ­ move into Tenochtitlan and eventually take over 8/23/16­ 8/25/16 US History ­ Malinche­ allies • sold 3 times into slavery • picks up a little Spanish from being a slave • used as translator  ­ technology • steel • horses • dogs ­ disease • small pox ­ devastates population ­ depreciates morale • North America ­ Cabeza de Vaca/Narváez: 1528­1536 • try to find gold in Florida • unsuccessful ­ DeSoto: 1593­1542 • tried to find old in MS • unsuccessful • killed many Indians ­ Coronado • no gold • many Indians dead • Pirates ­ choke point • place to steal gold ­ English pirates • best pirates ­ highlight potential of new world • Fishing grounds­ Newfoundland 8/23/16­ 8/25/16 US History ­ Catholics can’t eat meat on Friday so they eat fish ­ Europe often fished out ­ fish trade starts the fur trade ­ Indians trade old, worn out furs • useless to them, valuable to Europeans 


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