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By Mary Beth Norton, Jane Kamensky, Carol Sheriff, David W. Blight, Howard Chudacoff

A humans and a kingdom bargains a lively narrative that demanding situations scholars to contemplate American historical past. The authors' consciousness to race and racial identification and their inclusion of daily humans and pop culture brings background to existence, enticing pupil readers and inspiring them to visualize what lifestyles was once relatively like long ago. The 8th version deals hugely readable tales and the newest scholarship all through.

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Explorers and colonizers—especially Roman Catholics—honestly sought to convert “heathen” peoples to Christianity. At the same time they hoped to increase their nation’s wealth by establishing direct trade with Africa, China, India, and the Moluccas. Early European Explorations To establish that trade, European mariners first had to explore the oceans. To reach Asia, seafarers needed not just the maneuverable vessels and navigational aids increasingly used in the fourteenth century but also knowledge of the sea, its currents, and especially its winds.

In Lower Guinea, each sex handled its own affairs: just as male political and religious leaders governed men, so females ruled women. In the Dahomean kingdom, for example, every male official had his female counterpart; in the thirty little Akan states on the Gold Coast, chiefs inherited their status through the female line, and each male chief had a female assistant who supervised other women. Many West African societies practiced polygyny (one man’s having several wives, each of whom lived separately with her children).

The Spaniards came to Tenochtitlán not only with horses and steel weapons but also with smallpox, bringing an epidemic that had begun on Hispaniola. The disease peaked in 1520, fatally weakening Tenochtitlán’s defenders. “It spread over the people as great destruction,” as elderly Aztec later remembered. “Some it quite covered [with pustules] on all parts—their faces, their heads, their breasts. . There was great havoc. ” Largely as a consequence, Tenochtitlán surrendered in 1521, and the Spaniards built Mexico City on its site.

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