U.S. History For Dummies, Second Edition by Wiegand

By Wiegand

Now revised — the easy-to-understand advisor to the tale of the US are looking to greater comprehend U.S. historical past? This pleasant ebook serves as your travel advisor throughout the very important occasions of America's previous and current, introducing you to the folks who helped to form heritage. From pre-Columbus to the yank Revolution, from Watergate to Iraq to Barack Obama, you will find attention-grabbing information that you just will not locate in dry background texts! they are coming to the USA — discover early civilizations, meet local american citizens, and notice how the improvement of the English colonies ended in slavery and the yank Revolution From Thomas Jefferson to Abraham Lincoln — research the contributions of significant american citizens in addition to the invention of gold, the delivery of California, the Civil struggle, and show up future the United States grows up — be there in the course of the conquering of the West, business improvement, and the discovery of the sunshine bulb and the phone The influence of the area Wars — comprehend the sweeping alterations those epochal occasions dropped at the USA and the remainder of the area The chilly battle, Camelot, and Clinton — take a better examine the Korean struggle and communism, the brilliant '50s, JFK, Vietnam, Nixon and Watergate, Reaganomics, and the Clinton years From the '90s to now — witness the start of the microchip, the effect of striking chads in a presidential election, the biggest terrorist assault on American soil, and the growing to be financial problem Open the booklet and locate: Ten very important occasions that outlined American tradition fascinating american citizens, from presidents to gangsters to activities heroes How the United States fought to win independence from England information about all of the significant wars and their long term results perception into the roots of slavery innovations that modified lifestyles for american citizens The effect of the atomic bomb The invoice of Rights and the announcement of Independence

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37 38 Part I: Getting There, Getting Settled, and Getting Free ✓ Samuel de Champlain (France): A mapmaker by trade, Champlain landed in the New World in 1603 and explored extensively in the northeastern part of the continent. He founded the colony of Quebec in 1608. ✓ Henry Hudson (Netherlands): Hudson sailed up the bay and river that now bear his name in present-day New York in 1609. He was looking for a northwest passage to the Indies. Instead, he found an area rich in fur-bearing mammals and helped the Dutch lay claim to a piece of the continent.

Instead, he found an area rich in fur-bearing mammals and helped the Dutch lay claim to a piece of the continent. He was cast adrift by his crew in a mutiny in 1611 and was never heard from again. Cabot, North America 1497 8 t, 149 Cabo England France Europe Spain Figure 2-2: Map showing routes of Christopher Columbus, John Cabot, and Giovanni Verranzano. Verranzano, 1524 Columbus, 1492 Africa Cuba Hispaniola Spanish South America The Sword, the Cross, and the Measles One of the problems in discovering a new land that’s already inhabited is figuring out what to do with the people who got there first.

Supply lines to the homelands were long, the voyages back and forth were dangerous, and the natives were unfriendly. The Norsemen apparently felt that the new land wasn’t worth the trouble. By 1400, the Vikings were no longer even in Greenland; they fell victim to troubles with the Eskimos, the area’s earlier residents, and a climate that became colder. The Vikings’ forays to the North American continent were relatively brief and had no lasting impact. The main evidence that they were even here is fairly limited: two long sagas written in the Middle Ages and the scattered ruins of three housing clusters and a forge at a place called L’Anse aux Meadows, on the northern tip of Newfoundland.

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