By George Brown Tindall
Utilized by over 1000000 scholars, the United States: A Narrative historical past is among the such a lot winning American background textbooks ever published.Maintaining the good points that experience continuously uncommon this vintage text—lively and available narrative variety, a willing stability of political with social and cultural background, and extraordinary value—the 7th variation introduces a totally redesigned, full-color format complemented through attention-grabbing maps and superior pedagogy. The 7th variation additionally introduces the recent topic of environmental heritage. rigorously built-in all through, this subject matter provides illuminating views on how american citizens have shaped—and been formed by—the flora and fauna.
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The Pueblos in turn established a thriving horse trade with Navajos, Apaches, and other tribes. By 1690 horses were evident in Texas, and they soon spread across the Great Plains, the vast rolling grasslands extending from the Missouri River valley in the east to the base of the Rocky Mountains in the west. Horses were a disruptive ecological force in North America; they provided the pedestrian Plains Indians with a transforming source of mobility and power. Prior to the arrival of horses, Indians hunted on foot and used dogs as their beasts of burden, hauling their supplies on travois, devices made from two long poles connected by leather straps.
Columbus continued to search for a passage to the fabled Indies through the Bahamian Cays, down to Cuba (a place-name that suggested Marco Polo’s Cipangu [associated with modern-day Japan]), and then eastward to the island he named Española (or Hispaniola, now the site of Haiti and the Dominican Republic), where he first found significant amounts of gold jewelry. Columbus learned of, but did not encounter until his second voyage, the fierce Caribs of the Lesser Antilles. The Caribbean Sea was named after them, and because of their alleged bad habits the word cannibal was derived from a Spanish version of their name (Caníbal).
Mayan war parties destroyed one another’s cities and took prisoners, who were then sacrificed to the gods in theatrical rituals. Whatever the reasons for the weakening of Mayan society, it succumbed to the Toltecs, a warlike people who conquered most of the region in the tenth century. D. 1200 the Toltecs mysteriously withdrew. qxd 09/27/2006 12:02 PM Page 9 PMAC-131 27A:GRBQ096:Chapter:Chapter-01: Techbooks Pre-Columbian Indian Civilizations • 9 Mayan Society A fresco depicting the social divisions of Mayan society.
America: A Narrative History (Seventh Edition) (Vol. 1) by George Brown Tindall