A People and a Nation: Volume I to 1877 by Mary Beth Norton, Jane Kamensky, Carol Sheriff, David W.

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

A humans and a kingdom deals a lively narrative that demanding situations scholars to consider American heritage. The authors' recognition to race and racial id and their inclusion of daily humans and pop culture brings historical past to existence, attractive pupil readers and inspiring them to visualize what lifestyles used to be quite like some time past. The 8th variation deals hugely readable tales and the most recent scholarship all through.

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People speaking a variety of languages and pursuing different subsistence strategies lived in a wide belt south of the deserts. South of the Gulf of Guinea, the grassy landscape came to be dominated by Bantu-speaking peoples, who left their homeland in modern Nigeria about two thousand years ago and slowly migrated south and east across the continent. West Africa was a land of tropical forests and savanna grasslands where fishing, cattle herding, and agriculture had supported the inhabitants for |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| at least ten thousand years before Europeans set foot there in the fifWest Africa teenth century.

Except for those living in the harshest climates, most Americans started to adopt a more sedentary style of life so that they could tend fields regularly. Some established permanent settlements; others moved several times a year among fixed sites. They cleared forests through the use of controlled burning. The fires not only created cultivable lands by killing trees and fertilizing the soil with ashes but also opened meadows that attracted deer and other wildlife. All the American cultures emphasized producing sufficient food.

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. Wind would power their ships. But how did the winds run? Where would Atlantic breezes carry their square-rigged ships, which, even with the addition of a triangular sail, needed to run before the wind (that is, to have the wind directly behind the vessel)?

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