Western Hemisphere’s First Inhabitants

Western Hemisphere’s First Inhabitants Historians have battled with the challenge of naming the hemisphere’s original occupants while presenting the history of the United States and the nations of the Western Hemisphere in general. Under the false belief that he had arrived in the “Indies,” explorer Christopher Columbus referred to the people he saw as “Indians.” … Read more

European contact

European contact Contact with Europeans was less dramatic for the aboriginal peoples of North America than it was for the Aztec and Inca empires following the entrance of the Spanish conquistadors. Nonetheless, Spanish explorers aiming to reach what would become the United States left the tribes with three primary legacies: sickness, horses and other tamed … Read more