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American Studies
AMH 2010
Jeffrey Adler

AMH 2010 08/29/2013 Recap of Tuesday Lecture (08/27/2013)  Age of Exploration o Contacts of European with other cultures  Changed the history of 4 continents: N. America, S. America, Africa, and European  Native Americans – not primitive o Religion is very central to their lives – Not Christianity (Pagan?) o Educational/Public buildings o Agricultural evolution o Calendar system  Europeans o Religion central to their lives – Different religions  Columbian Exchange: Transfer of crops and resources between different cultures o Old world to new world o apworldhistory2012- 2013.weebly.com/uploads/9/9/9/6/9996001/5885243_orig.jpg  Changes in the European world that allowed for Expeditions: o Sails o Printing Press o Iron metallurgy  Portuguese attempt to get to India by traveling around Africa o Wanted spices to help preserve food  Ottomans/Turks started to gain control over Eastern Europe  Before Age of Exploration – A third of Europe’s population wiped out by Black Plague o Huge population increase afterwards o Made it harder to feed their communities  European Mercantilism  God cleared the land for Europeans o Ethnocentric thinking o Europeans given mission by God o Native Americans dying en masse – Led Europeans to self-entitlement  Due native American deaths caused for a lull in labor force
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