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By Mary Beth Norton, David M. Katzman

This lively narrative demanding situations scholars to contemplate the that means of yank heritage. considerate inclusion of the lives of daily humans, cultural range, paintings, and pop culture preserves the text's easy method of American heritage as a narrative of all of the American humans. The 7th version keeps the emphasis at the designated social background of the USA and engages scholars via state of the art examine and scholarship. New content material contains elevated insurance of contemporary heritage (post-1945) with dialogue of international kinfolk, gender research, and race and racial family members

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The use of a triangular, or lateen, sail (rather than the then-standard square rigging) improved the maneuverability of ships, enabling them to sail out of the Mediterranean and north around the European coast. Also of key importance was the perfection of navigational instruments like the astrolabe and the quadrant, which allowed oceangoing sailors to estimate their position (latitude) by measuring the relationship of the sun, moon, or certain stars to the horizon. In the aftermath of the Hundred Years’ War, European monarchs forcefully consolidated their previously diffuse political power and raised new revenues through increased taxation of POLITICAL AND TECHNOLOGICAL an already hard-pressed peasantry.

Archaeologists believe that climate change and the degradation of the environment, caused by overpopulation and the destruction of nearby forests, brought about the city’s collapse. The Aztecs’ histories tell of the long migration of their people (who called themselves Mexica) into the Valley of Mexico during the twelfth AZTECS century. The uninhabited ruins of Teotihuacán, which by then had been deserted for at least two hundred years, awed and mystified the migrants. Their chronicles record that their primary deity Huitzilopochtli—a war god represented by an eagle—directed them to establish their capital on an island where they saw an eagle eating a serpent, the symbol of Quetzalcoatl.

But not until after Prince Henry’s death did 17 18 Chapter 1 Three Old Worlds Create a New 1492–1600 Removed due to copyright permissions restrictions. Bartholomew Dias round the southern tip of Africa (1488) and Vasco da Gama finally reach India (1498). Long before that, Portugal reaped the benefits of its seafarers’ voyages. Although West African states successfully resisted European penetration of the interior, they allowed the Portuguese to establish trading posts along their coasts. Charging the traders rent and levying duties on goods they imported, the African kingdoms set the terms of exchange and benefited considerably from their new, easier access to European manufactures.

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