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By Mary Beth Norton, Jane Kamensky, Carol Sheriff, David W. Blight, Howard Chudacoff

The short variation of A humans AND A kingdom preserves the text's method of American historical past as a narrative of all American humans. identified for a couple of strengths, together with its well-respected writer crew and fascinating narrative, the publication emphasizes social historical past, giving specific recognition to race and racial identification. Like its full-length counterpart, the short 8th version makes a speciality of tales of daily humans, cultural range, paintings, and pop culture. a brand new layout makes for less complicated interpreting and note-taking. occasions as much as and together with the election of 2008 are up to date and integrated, and new bankruptcy has been written on "The Contested West." to be had within the following cut up concepts: A humans AND A country, short 8th variation whole (Chapters 1-33), ISBN: 0547175582; quantity I: To 1877 (Chapters 1-16), ISBN: 0547175590; quantity II: on the grounds that 1865 (Chapters 16-33), ISBN: 0547175604.

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Those seamen established commercial ties that brought African slaves first to Iberia and then to the islands the Europeans conquered and settled. The Mediterranean Atlantic and its island sugar plantations nurtured the mariners. Except for the Spanish, early explorers regarded the Americas primarily as a barrier blocking them from their goal of an oceanic route to the riches of China and the Moluccas. European fishermen were the first to realize that the northern coasts had valuable products of fish and furs to offer.

In exchange, the Massachusetts sought European metal tools which they preferred over their handmade stone implements. The pelt trade wiped out beaver in some regions. The disappearance of their dams led to soil erosion, which later increased when European settlers cleared forests for farmland. In the mid-sixteenth century, English “sea dogs” like John Hawkins and Sir Francis Drake raided Spanish treasure fleets from the Caribbean. Their actions helped foment a war that in 1588 culminated in the defeat of the Spanish Armada off the English coast.

The major deities of agricultural peoples like the Pueblos and Muskogeans were associated with cultivation, and festivals centered on planting and harvest. The important gods of hunters like those on the Great Plains and Prairies were associated with animals. Women held the most prominent religious positions in agricultural societies where they were also the chief food producers, whereas in hunting societies men took the lead in religious and political affairs. A variety of cultures, comprising more than 10 million people speaking over one thousand different languages, inhabited America north of Mexico when Europeans arrived.

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