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