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Week 1 Notes

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Week 1 Notes HIST 1311

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This bundle of notes contains all of the notes from the lectures of week 1 in Dr. Able from UTA's class. The notes include: America Before Europeans The Race for America Early Settlements
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Date Created: 09/26/16
8/29/16 America Before Europeans (40,000 BC – 1492 AD)  Story of people of America begins in the last ice age  Last 30,000 years  Beringia  Area between Russia & Alaska are connected by land bridge known as Bering Straight  Makes immigration possible  Not a quick process  By the end, there are millions population North & South America  What do we call these people? o They are racially identical o Dark o “Indians” (east Asians)  Ice age ends & people are cut of o They refer to themselves as “the people” o The societies evolve along tribal lines Tribal Politics  A few elders (experience, no energy)  Children (age of parents) have both  Generation next, no experience but energy  Group of related people less related than family ( clan )  Family doesn’t have a concrete definition o Can’t define it but know when you see it  Tribes are families, constantly move and change  Power  Tribes pick war leaders during war  They don’t need leaders Empires  OLmac  Miya  Inca  Aztec These look like European States and have city like qualities. *Miya invented the number 0. Every religion has a mountain (for worshipping God).  Lacking one thing o It’s built from stone o No European cultures moved from stone age o The resources do exist o Why? Vikings st  1 contact between Europeans and Indians was in 1000 by ‘vikings’.  People who live in Scandinavia etc...  Attack boats  Sailed to NA  Greenland is the farthest eastern point in NA  Vikings stopped raiding in 1000 when European made them Christian Leif Ericson (c970 – c1020)  Trouble maker  Sails further west of Greenland  Created Vinland in L’anse Aux Meadows in New World (in Canada)  For at least 50 years Vikings tried to settle America  It was abandoned (1050) o Guess that people there (barbarians) were decent fighters & Vikings just left. o No permanent impact Ferdinand & Isabella (1474 – 1504 King & Queen of Spain)  Up till, new Spain was Muslim  Ray Conquista, last Muslim ruler is driven out  King & Queen marry & unite Spain Christopher Columbus (1451 – 1506)  All math is wrong  Circumference of earth is smaller than thought so he was going to sail it  Everyone knew he was wrong  Nina, (other ships)  Until he died he thought he landed in India  He makes three other voyages to establish a Spanish foothold in New World o Key Port: Hispaniola  Other countries join o Large Scale Colonization Second Euro Contact  Columbus’s Landing 1892 Hernan Cortes & Francisco Pizarro  Stumbled on Empires when they were weak  Conquistadors  Aztecs taken down in Mexico by Cortes o Aztecs sacrificed people due to religion o La Maniche  Tells tribes to overthrow Aztecs  Mexican Civil War  Pizzaro shows up during Inca civil war o Conquers each quadrant of separated Inca o 8000 elite vs. 160 Spanish  Spanish win because of cannons o Spanish got lucky  Spain is POOR Columbian Exchange  Contact between cultures  Indian Outcomes o Die o Resist o Assimilate  Exchange between Europe Africa & Asia & The Americas o Positive change o New products/crops  Tomatoes & Potatoes are not European  Horses are not American, brought by Europeans  Indians are among the best fighters and wanted guns so they got them via trade  STORY OF HYBRIDIZATION  Downside of Contact o Can’t take away knowledge o Inevitably lots of Indians assimilate due to unbalance of power o Disease o Not on purpose o Smallpox o Malaria o Yellow Fever o 50% die over the next year  Can’t beat them Join them o Syphillus (STD)  Will kill until the 19 century  Kills a lot of Europeans  8/31/16 The Race for America (1492-1630)  America isn’t a country, but colonies o European Colonies  In order for 1 country to ‘win’, another must lose  Late medieval is all about land  Ships make it possible to find more land God Glory and Gold Every country during this era followed this God/religion is most important o Indians were not Christian o As long as people were Christian they will accept all that is done o Christianity is split during protestant reformation o If you asked why they were finding land, they’d start with religion Glory – Individual Glory o Countries are ruled as a monarchy  King owns the country o No thing as a nation yet o When a country settles land they add to the royal family’s prestige Gold (most emphasis) o Sometimes (Spanish) literally mean gold o Any resource o Colonies were made for ?? MONEY o Not a simple eco idea Prince Henry “The Navigator”  1394-1460  First to set off & explore are Portuguese (after trade)  The trade between Europe & Asia is controlled by the Ottomans  They can control trade (Ottoman) o TAX  1450, Portuguese piss Ottoman off & cut them off  Prince, Sails around Africa o Very dangerous o Inspires others to follow o Spanish wouldn’t of paid Columbus if it wasn’t for this Mercantilism  Goal: Enrich the state  Control of trade (tax)  Colonies o Resources o New Markets o Stimulate trade  Get wealth  Market Inequality o Controlling trade  Money does not equal power  New World offers a ton of exploitable land  They wanted a settlement colony  Gold is new major renewable resource  2 whole continents for trade  TAX is how you make $ through colonies (NEW MARKETS) *Mercantilism IS WHY AMERICA WAS SETTLED Spanish Colonialism  Far the best colonies o They are brutal o Don’t care about native people o Force them all to catholisism, then enslave o 1 to profit off New World o Encomienda (plantation) o Powerful Army o Had a Navy to collect taxes o Benefit the most Spanish Empire “The empire on which the sun never set”  At one point Spain was the most powerful  Controlled half of West Europe  Literally settled almost everywhere Spain was more Catholic than the Pope  Run colonies like country  Jacques Cartier (1491-1557)  Samuel de Champlain (1567-1635)  France is not poor & does not need colonies Not until 1530’s before colonizations  Jacques does not sail the Spanish trail and ends up in Canada o Starts 1 French settlements o Explore St. Lawrence area o Montreal  Samuel o 1630s sent to New France o Explores until he is told to quit messing around o Turns New France into a colony o French did not impose will, instead they made friends with Indians o Traded o Settled near Louisiana up to Canada  Henry Hudson (1560s – 1611) o Explore north of current US o Hudson River o Dutch settlement of new world o New Amsterdam in New York o No state to pay for colonization & takes 50 years to be profitable England is Poor but eventually settle 13 colonies in the worst spot ever. 9/2/16 Early Settlements (1570-1660s)  English Colonization o Discover a working colonization method Sir Walter Raleigh 1554-1618  Executed for treason  Sets up a colony in 1855 in North Carolina  Supply ships stop  Croawatoan (Carved in a tree) o Indian tribe that lived near o Colonists assimilated  Raleigh’s method does not work  Joint Stock company o Virginia Company  Jamestown 1607 o King James  Also had problems  Weren’t accustomed to Americas  Powhatan o Competition  Starving Time (1609 – 1610) o One of the coldest times in America o Almost wiped the colony out  John Smith 1580 – 1631  Colony made of spoiled rich kids  They implemented a strict military law  Penalty for stealing food is being nude with your tongue nailed to a tree John Smith  Didn’t want to stay in colony  Captured by Indians  Daughter of Chief, Pocahantas (1595-1617), saved him.  She was 12  Contrary to popular belief, there was no romance  She married another colonists James Town  No trade routes near  Tobacco o Grows everywhere o Jamestown tobacco is too strong to sell  John Rolfe (1585-1622) o Sees Jamestown’s problem o Takes tobacco in Virginia & knows it’s too strong o Central/South America is perfect o Genetically engineers tobacco o It becomes a cash crop o Cure Tobacco  Tobacco SAVES Jamestown Virginia Colony  Headright system o Send out surveyors to map colony o Headright section o 40-100 acres o Free Land BUT  You have to be productive o Headright becomes part of Marian Law o House of Burgesses 1619  First government in new world  Virginia Company bankrupt  Estcted group or representatives  1 elected legislature in New World o Jamestown MADE it Puritans  Religious separatists  Did not fit in in Europe  William Bradford (1590-1657) o Leader of puritan o Mayflower (1620) o Mayflower Compact  Religious undertone  Convenant  Representative system of government  1 American constitution o Landed in 1620 (cape Cod) o Get back on ship to go to mainland o Indian cooperation o Hard workers o Plymouth Colony o Squanto taught crops to them  But how did they communicate?  Squanto spoke English  Americans taught them by exploring the cost Massachusetts Bay Colony (1628)  Less strict puritans  Best harbors in North  Boston o Major trading port  Prosper  Representative government Connecticut 1636  New haven  Connecticut Colony  Border w/ Dutch Colony Protesting Protesters  Religious freedom meant freedom for puritan to be the only freedom  No real freedom Roger Williams (1603-1683)  We don’t have religious freedom  Exiled him from Massachusetts Bay  Found Rhode Island  It truly was religious freedom o Until roger dies William Penn (1644-1718)  Pennsylvania (1683)  Quakers  His father is rich George Calvert, Lord Baltimore (1579-1632)  Maryland 1633  Only English Catholic Colony James Oglethorpe (1696-1785)  Georgia 1732 Conquest  1655 Dutch take control of New Sweden  By 1670 English take control of both (New York / New Jersey )


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