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The geography of the North American continent was fundamentally shaped be the glaciers of the Great Ice Age.
North America was first settled by people who came by boat across the water of the Pacific Strait from Japan to Alaska.
The early Indian civilizations of Mexico and Peru were built of the economic foundations of cattle and wheat growing.
No Europeans had ever set foot on the American continents prior to Columbus's arrival in 1492.
A primary motive for the European voyages of discovery was the desire to find a less expensive route to Asian goods and markets.
The beginnings of African slavery developed in response to the Spanish conquest of the Americas.
Columbus immediately recognized in 1492 that he had come across new continents previously unknown to Europeans.
The greatest effect of the European intrusion on the Indians of the Americas was to increase their population through intermarriage withe the whites.
The Spanish Conquistadors had little to do with the native peoples of Mexico and refused to intermarry with them.
Spain expanded its empire into Florida and New Mexico partly to block French and English intrusions.
The Spanish empire in the New World was larger, richer, and longer-lasting than that of the English.
The Portuguese were the first to enter the slave trade and establish large -scale plantations using slave labor in
The primary reason for the drastic decline in the Indian population after the encounter with the Europeans was
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