America: A Concise History, Volume 1: To 1877 by James A. Henretta, David Brody

By James A. Henretta, David Brody

Short and cheap, but cautious to not sacrifice components very important to scholar studying, the United States offers scholars and teachers every thing they need — and not anything they don’t. The authors’ personal abridgement preserves the hallmark explanatory energy of the mum or dad textual content, assisting scholars to appreciate not just what occurred yet why — so they’re by no means left puzzling over what’s vital. a different seven-part narrative constitution highlights the the most important turning issues in American historical past and explores the dynamic forces shaping every one interval, facilitating scholars’ figuring out of continuity and alter. The narrative is enriched and strengthened via bright full-color paintings and thoroughly crafted maps, which supply valuable instruments for pupil comprehension and enrichment. primary-source positive factors in each bankruptcy make sure that scholars comprehend ancient occasions as they have been seen nationally and across the world. the result's a quick publication that, as well as being a very good rate, is a wonderful worth.

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Cortés came from a family of minor gentry in Spain and, seeking military adventure and material gain, sailed to Santo Domingo in 1506. Ambitious and charismatic, he distinguished himself in battle, putting down a revolt and serving in the conquest of Cuba. These exploits and marriage to a well-connected Spanish woman won Cortés an extensive Cuban estate and a series of administrative appointments. Eager to increase his fortune, Cortés jumped at a chance in 1519 to lead an expedition to the mainland.

The culture of these lineage-based societies did not encourage the accumulation of material goods. Individual ownership of land was virtually unknown. ” The elders would urge members to share food and other scarce goods, fostering an ethic of reciprocity rather than one of accumulation. “You are covetous, and neither generous nor kind,” the Micmac Indians of Nova Scotia told acquisitive French fur traders in the late 1600s. ” Over the centuries, some Indian peoples became adept in trade or conquest.

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