America: a narrative history (brief edition) by David E. Shi, George Brown Tindall

By David E. Shi, George Brown Tindall

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With his small army, the thirty-four-year-old adventurer brashly set out to conquer the opulent Aztec Empire, which extended from central Mexico to what is today Guatemala. The Aztecs—their most accurate name is Mexica—were a once-nomadic people who had wandered south from northern Mexico and settled in the central highlands in the fourteenth century. On marshy islands on the west side of Lake Tetzcoco, the site of present-day Mexico City, they built Tenochtitlán, a dazzling capital city dominated by towering stone temples, broad paved avenues, thriving markets, and some 70,000 adobe huts.

T he history of the United States of America begins long before 1776. The supposed “New World” discovered by intrepid European explorers was in fact a very “old world” to civilizations thousands of years in the making. Debate continues about when and how the first humans arrived in North America. , the land bridge had been submerged by rising sea levels). These nomadic, spear-wielding hunters and their descendants, called Paleo-Indians (“old Indians”) by archaeologists, drifted south in pursuit of large game animals.

He left about forty men on Hispaniola and captured a dozen Indians to present as gifts to the Spanish king and queen. When Columbus reached Spain, he received a hero’s welcome. Thanks to the newly invented printing press, news of his westward voyage spread rapidly across Europe. ” Columbus and his men would repeatedly defy this order. The Spanish monarchs also sought to solidify their legal claim against Portugal’s possible pretensions to the newly discovered lands. With the help of the pope (a Spaniard), rivals Spain and Portugal reached a compromise, called the Treaty of Tordesillas (1494), which drew an imaginary line west of the Cape Verde Islands (off the west coast of Africa) and stipulated that the area to its west—which included most of the Americas—would be a Spanish sphere of exploration and settlement.

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