America: a narrative history by David E. Shi, George Brown Tindall

By David E. Shi, George Brown Tindall

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The Vikings also headed west, crossing the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, raiding towns in Ireland, settling in Iceland, and then exploring the coast of the uppermost reaches of North America. D. 985 a Norse Icelander named Erik the Red colonized the west coast of a rocky, fogbound island he called Greenland. The world’s largest island, Greenland was mostly covered by ice and devoid of human inhabitants. The Vikings established a settlement on the southwest coast. Erik the Red ironically named the island Greenland in hopes of misleading prospective colonists about its suitability for settlement.

This remarkable age of discovery coincided with the rise of modern science; the growth of global trade, commercial towns, and modern corporations; the decline of feudalism and the formation of nations; the Protestant Reformation and the Catholic Counter-Reformation; and the resurgence of some old sins—greed, conquest, exploitation, oppression, racism, and slavery—that quickly defiled the mythical innocence of the so-called New World. For more than two centuries before Columbus, European thought was enlivened by the so-called Renaissance— the rediscovery of ancient texts, the rebirth of secular learning, and a pervasive intellectual curiosity—all of which spread more rapidly after Johannes Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press around 1440.

Why were European countries, such as Spain and Portugal, prepared to embark on voyages of discovery by the sixteenth century? • How did contact between the Western Hemisphere and Europe change through the exchange of plants, animals, and pathogens? • What were the Europeans’ reasons for establishing colonies in America? • What is the legacy of the Spanish presence in North America? • What effect did the Protestant Reformation have on the colonization of the “New World”? T he history of the United States of America begins long before 1776.

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