Week 1.1

Week 1.1: First Encounters & European Colonization

(Block A: 8/24-8/26, 9/6-9/9) (Block B: 8/29-9/2)

Readings and Resources

  1. Part 1. First Encounters (p. 29-42) of Davis & Mintz.

  2. Part 2. European Colonization North of Mexico (p.43-84)

  3. AP US History Study Guide Video. Period 1: 1491-1607 http://ap.gilderlehrman.org/

  4. “The Development of Native American Culture to 1500” from Mapping History – University of Oregon:http://mappinghistory.uoregon.edu/english/US/US01-00.html

  5. SAT US History Study Guide: 1492-1754. https://www.gilderlehrman.org/history-by-era/topics/sat-us-history-study-guide-1492-1754

  6. “The Columbian Exchange” by Alfred Crosby. https://www.gilderlehrman.org/history-by-era/american-indians/essays/columbian-exchange


All readings, viewed media, and other content should be accompanied by appropriate notes. You must use the Library of Congress Analysis Form, annotate directly onto text, or provide other verifiable evidence of your notes. This will be reviewed during Scored Discussions, Portfolio Work, and Short Writing assignments.


Discussion Questions & Short Writing Activities

  1. Examine historical evidence from the St. Louis region and connect each item to one or more of the central themes listed in the Course Overview.

  2. Examine specific evidence from the Columbian Exchange and describe the emerging relationship and interaction between Europe and the Americas.

  3. Using specific evidence, describe the religious motivations that fueled European colonization.

  4. Describe the economic systems that motivated and supported colonization including the Spanish encomienda system and English mercantilism.  

Quiz: Block A: 8/26 & 9/6 - Block B: 9/2

Document Based Multiple Choice Quiz (10 pts)

Portfolio Project:

  1. Compare and contrast views of the St. Louis region from pre-European colonization to present day. Evaluate how understandings of national identity, at the time, shaped these views. (25 points)

  2. Using the six primary sources from Part 1 in Davis & Mintz, formulate a well supported and argued essay that examines how contact among Europeans, Native Americans, and Africans resulted in the Columbian Exchange and significant social, cultural, and political changes on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. (25 points)

  3. 17th Century Colonization News Cast: Working in groups of three develop a thesis based news report that addresses how Spanish, French, Dutch, and British colonizers had different economic and imperial goals involving land and labor that shaped the social and political development of their colonies as well as their relationships with native populations. Also, give specific attention to early British colonies developed along the Atlantic coast, with regional differences that reflected various environmental, economic, cultural, and demographic factors. (25 points)

Honors Essay:

  1. Compare and contrast King Phillip’s War, Bacon’s Rebellion, and the Pueblo Revolt using specific evidence and connection to the central themes of the course. (25 points)