By David E. Shi, George Brown Tindall

ISBN-10: 0393903613

ISBN-13: 9780393903614

ISBN-10: 0393912620

ISBN-13: 9780393912623

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With greater than million copies bought, America continues to be the best narrative historical past survey textual content simply because it’s a e-book that scholars get pleasure from studying. The 10th variation is either extra proper, supplying elevated cognizance to the tradition of lifestyle, and extra obtainable, that includes a discounted variety of chapters and a streamlined narrative all through. The short version is 20 percentage shorter in overall pages than its father or mother complete variation.

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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 after a series of droughts, fires, and invasions. Pre-Columbian Indian Civilizations • 9 Mayan society A fresco depicting the social divisions of Mayan society. A Mayan lord, at the center, receives offerings. During the late thirteenth century the Aztecs—named after the legendary Aztlán, from where they were supposed to have come—arrived from the northwest to fill the vacuum in the Basin of Mexico.

As encomenderos, they were called upon to protect and care for the villages and support missionary priests. In turn, they could require the Indians to provide them with goods and labor. Spanish America therefore developed from the start a society of extremes: wealthy conquistadores and encomenderos at one end of the spectrum and indigenous peoples held in poverty at the other end. What was left of them, that is. By the mid-1500s native Indians were nearly extinct in the West Indies, reduced more by European diseases than by Spanish brutality.

The forced exile of Muslims and Jews from Spain was one of the many factors that prompted Europe’s involvement in global expansion. Other factors— urbanization, world trade, the rise of centralized nations, and advances in knowledge, technology, and firepower—combined with natural human curiosity, greed, and religious zeal to spur the exploration and conquest of the Western Hemisphere. ” During the two and a half centuries after 1492, the Spanish developed the most extensive empire the world had ever known.

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