discussion board

Analyze the impact of early exploration and settlement on both the New World and Europe. What do you believe was the greatest negative and positive impact of the interaction between Europeans and Native societies? In what respect did these interactions not only change Europe and the New World, but instead create a “new” global society?

When responding to classmates, include additional information for why you agree with their position or information explaining why you do not agree with their position.

Make sure to provide cited information to support your positions. All work must be in APA format.

OpenStax College, U.S. History. OpenStax College. 23 December 2014. (Download for free at http://cnx.org/content/col11740/latest/)

Articles & Websites:

Nunn, N., & Qian, N. (2010). The Columbian Exchange: A History of Disease, Food, and Ideas. Journal of Economic Perspectives, 24(2), 163-188.

Age of Exploration – Collection of primary source documents


Watch Video Native Americans Before the Arrival of the Explorers

Duration: (2:18)
User: multied – Added: 4/18/13

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Watch Video Transatlantic Slavery Documentary

Duration: (9:00)
User: mrmoovie – Added: 9/16/09

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Develop an understanding of the geography and settlement of Native American tribes before the arrival of Europeans. Develop an understanding of the causes and history of the transatlantic slave trade.

Watch Video Hernán Cortés – Mini Biography

Duration: (2:57)
User: biographychannel – Added: 7/8/13

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Develop an understanding of the life of Hernan Cortes and his impact on the Aztecs.