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SGAPush----Exploration, Discovery, and the British Colonial Empire

AMSCO chapters 1 and 2

Justin Cerenzia

on 20 October 2012

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Transcript of SGAPush----Exploration, Discovery, and the British Colonial Empire

Exploration, Discovery, and the
British Colonial Empire (1492-1700) The Atlantic Landing of Christopher Columbus, engraving by H. B. Hall, 1856. (Gilder Lehrman Collection) The Americas before Columbus What we used to think Walked across land/ice bridge over Bering Strait 12,000 years ago Lived in small, scattered bands Little impact on surrounding environment What we actually know Likely here b/w 20,000-40,000 years Population b/w 40-60 million, with estimates continually rising Environmental impact was profound Tenochtitlan, 1520 AD Cahokia, 1250 A.D. http://player.vimeo.com/video/39462516 Similar in layout to Venice
Venice pop. < 100,000
Tenochtitlan > 200,000 World http://ageofex.marinersmuseum.org/index.php?page=voyages European Exploration---why now? Technology Religious Conflict Rise of nation-states Expanding Trade Networks "The General Crisis" GLOBAL:
CLIMATE CHANGE (LITTLE ICE AGE) The "BIG FIVE" European Imperial Powers 1. England
2. Spain
3. Portugal
4. France
5. Holland Documents Las Casas, "Destruction of the Indies" Winthrop, "City on a Hill" In light of his training and the expectations of his superiors, why was Las Casas taking a very risky stand in supporting the American Indians?

If Bartolomé de Las Casas was alive today, to which current people might he direct his concern and attention? Explain your answer.
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