HSTAA 105 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Columbian Exchange, Readwrite

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17 Mar 2017
Historiography: the history of history and the way it has been written, including the bias
of the writers
Some questions of historiography:
o How does the historian’s bias/prejudice affect his/her work?
o Who writes history, what is the agenda?
o Types of sources used?
It is up to the historians to interpret facts
When studying history, you should look at the bias of the writer (usually winner of war)
Keep the idea of historiography in the back of your mind when you read/write about
European Contact/Settlement
Exchange of food, illness, materials, values (religion)
Columbian exchange:
o From the Americas: corn, potatoes, tobacco, turkey
o From Europe, Africa, and Asia: wheat, bananas, rice, chickens, pigs, horses, and
The Vikings were the first ones to make contact, but it was brief and only in northern area
Columbus- his contact was recorded and went to get land and goods (had a mission)
Some contacts were peaceful, others were not
Settlers tried looking for gold
Domination by the Europeans. The Europeans took land from the Natives
Tradings took place between the Natives and Europeans
Inter-marriages between the two groups
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