Three Worlds Meet: The Columbian Encounter and its Legacy
A document-based teaching unit
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Drawing on a wide variety of sources, this unit allows students to explore the Columbian Encounter from the perspective of Europeans, Native Americans, and Africans. Lessons include North American and European maps, pictures of Native American artifacts, and written documents taken from the Aztecs, Columbus’s log, Bartolomé de Las Casas, etc. This unit traces the background of the encounters, motives for exploration, and shipboard life.
Lesson 1: The Changing European World View
Lesson 2: The Many Peoples of the Americas
Lesson 3: The First Voyage- Motives and Shipboard Conditions
Lesson 4: First Encounters
Lesson 5: Relations among the Races
Lesson 6: Seeds of Change and the Colombian Legacy
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