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America has offered greater than 1.8 million copies over the last 8 versions simply because it’s a ebook that scholars get pleasure from interpreting. potent storytelling, colourful anecdotes, and biographical sketches make the narrative soaking up and the cloth extra memorable. The short 9th variation is 20% shorter, and contains refreshed and up-to-date insurance of African American historical past, and has been streamlined from 37 to 34 chapters.

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Meanwhile, Spanish explorers skirted the Gulf of Mexico coast from Florida to Veracruz, scouted the Atlantic coast from Key West to Newfoundland, and established a short-lived colony on the Carolina coast. S PA N I S H The Spanish Empire • 21 In 1539, Hernando de Soto and 600 men landed on Florida’s west coast, hiked up as far as western North Carolina, and then moved westward beyond the Mississippi River and up the Arkansas River, looting and destroying indigenous villages along the way. In the spring of 1542, de Soto died near Natchez, Mississippi; the next year the survivors among his party floated down the Mississippi River, and 311 of the original adventurers found their way to Mexico.

The dynamic Mississippian culture peaked in the fourteenth century, but succumbed first to climate change and finally to diseases brought by Europeans. I N D I A N C U LT U R E S O F N O R T H A M E R I C A Pre-Columbian Indian Civilizations • 9 The Mississippian peoples constructed elaborate regional centers, the largest of which was Cahokia, in southwest Illinois, across the Mississippi River from what is now St. Louis. There the Indians constructed elaborate public structures and imposing shrines.

They used wooden canoes for transportation, while the Europeans sailed in heavily armed oceangoing vessels. The Spanish ships not only carried human cargo, but also steel swords, firearms, explosives, and armor. Arrows and tomahawks were seldom a match for guns, cannons, and smallpox. The Europeans enjoyed other cultural advantages. For example, before the arrival of Europeans the only domesticated four-legged animals in North America were dogs and llamas. The Spanish, on the other hand, brought with them horses, pigs, and cattle.

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