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Early Colonization and Impact on Native Americans

Early Colonization and Impact on Native Americans

Author: Josh Arnold

Discuss the impact of colonial settlement on Native American populations. 

Discussion of Columbus's voyages and other key European explorers and settlers in early American history. Native Americans lost their way of life, land, and often died from disease or overworked by slavery. 

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Colombian Exchange

Full explanation on how the Columbian Exchange impacted Europeans and Native Americans

Source: Josh Arnold

Bartolomé de Las Casas, read by Viggo Mortensen

Excerpt from Las Casas

Advanced Organizer on Treatment of Native Americans

graphic organizer on smallpox, disease


Source: Josh Arnold

Homework for periods 1, 3, 4

Vocabulary Builder


Source: Holt McDougal United States History Beginnings to 1877

Homework for periods 2, 5

Biography on Henry Hudson, read and answer questions


Source: Holt McDougal United States History Beginnings to 1877

The Columbian Exchange

Disease and invasive plant and animal species remade the New World, usually in negative ways. While native people, plants, and animals were being displaced in the Americas, the rest of the world was benefitting from American imports, especially foods like maize, tomatoes, potatoes, pineapple, blueberries, sweet potatoes, and manioc. Was the Columbian Exchange a net positive? It's debatable. So debate.

Source: Crash Course History

Podcast on European Impact

Lesson overview and background to key ideas.

Source: Josh Arnold

Notes on European Explorers and Settlers

Use the following notes by recording key names, countries they worked for, and areas they traveled to. Then write a summary statement showing how they impacted Native Americans. Use your textbook and slideshow to record your notes.


Source: Holt McDougal United States History Beginnings to 1877

European contact and impact on Native Americans

Slideshow covers the beginnings of European settlement in America and the impact on Native American populations

Source: Josh Arnold