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Three Worlds Meet Origins-1620 Video Notes- Schlessinger Media
America is a country of great contrasts in people, languages, cultures and landforms. Approximately 20,000 years ago, Native Americans — the first inhabitants of the Americas — crossed the Bering land bridge from Asia and developed a myriad of complex civilizations.These early American societies changed dramatically after the first wave of European explorers arrived in the
After the initial voyages of Christopher Columbus, Native Americans suffered catastrophic losses due to conquest, colonization and exposure to a variety of deadly diseases from Europe.Three worlds eventually collided as Europeans
brought several million Africans to the New World to serve as forced labor for the new plantation economies of the Americas. The Colombian Exchange set off a series of cultural, economic and biological changes that fundamentally transformed the world’s population, fueled the
European desire for empire and fostered the development of democratic governments. As a result of this complicated process of global interaction and change, a new American society emerged.