Native West African European
“Five hundred years ago, frequent contact began among Native
Americans, Europeans, and West Africans on the shores of
North America. The resulting conflicts and interactions among
these different cultures had far-reaching effects, sometimes
tragic and destructive, for the people of these three worlds.”
-America: Pathways to the Present
The goal of this assignment is to explore the beginnings of
early American history through the experiences and
interactions of 3 distinct cultural groups: Native Americans,
West Africans, and Europeans.
Step 1- 3 Cultures Collide
Read Chapter 1, Sections 1-3 in the textbook and begin the
complete the Venn Diagram that is located at the back of the
packet. This diagram will highlight the similarities and differences
in each of the cultures presented. (Native American, West African,
Step 2- Native American History
Create a timeline that portrays early American history from
discovery until the time of Christopher Columbus. Read the
following links and answer the questions so you can provide
this information in the explanation of your timeline.
The Land Bridge Theory:
1. What is the scientifically-accepted belief regarding the
arrival of human life to the Americas?
2. What environmental conditions allowed this pattern of
settlement to take place?
1. Why has the study of the first Americans become so
2. How would you characterize the lifestyles of the first
1. How do the Solutrean discoveries challenge the Land
2. How did the Ice Age change the lifestyles of these
3. What is the theory for how the Solutrean people may
have come to the Americas?
4. How did environmental conditions challenge the
Solutrean on their journey? What were the conditions
like and how did they help explain the Solutrean theory?
Archaic and Formative Years:
1. What is the explanation for the end of the Paleo-Indian
2. How did future Native American tribes change their
lifestyles to adapt to their situations? What patterns
stayed the same and what forced others to change?
Step 3- European History
Create an outline that reflects European history and attempts to
explain how this history shaped the thoughts and ideas of the
Europeans who came to America. Use the following information as
a guide for your research
What is Eurocentrism?
Why is European culture difficult to define?
Only refer to the definition for Europe at the top of the timeline
How have each of the following topics contributed to the culture of
Use this as your guide to understanding the chronological
order of events in European history and to gain basic
understandings of the following time periods and events:
1) Middle Ages
2) The Mongol Invasion
3) The Crusades
4) The Black Death
6) Martin Luther and the Reformation
Answer the following questions using the sites listed under the topic to
complete your outline.
What was the social structure in Europe and how was it
What role did the Roman Catholic Church play in the daily lives of
Read the first 3 paragraphs
Why were the crusades conducted and who was considered to be
Read only the Historical Biography and Historical Importance
The Black Death:
What role did the Black Death play in changing the culture of
What were 2 things that showed Europeans were moving out of the
stagnation of the Middle Ages?
Read the following parts:
I. Causes of the Reformation
II. Original Ideas and Purposes of the Reformers
IV. Results and Consequences of Reformation
Step 4- West Africans in America
Read the following links and answer the questions.
1. What was the purpose of European exploration of West
Africa and what role did Henry the Navigator play in the
2. Why would an African chief give permission to Europeans to
build a slave trading post on the coast of West Africa?
1. What were the options for labor in the colonies?
2. Why were African slaves the preferred workforce of the
3. How did labor in America evolve from indentured servitude
1. What was the Middle Passage?
Write a 1 paragraph summary describing the interactions between each
of the following groups using the websites listed below: (6 Traits Writing:
Europeans and Native Americans-
Europeans and West Africans-
Type a 1-page reflection on the following question:
Why is the frequent contact between Native Americans, West Africans,
and Europeans in North America characterized as a collision? (6 Traits
3 Cultures Collide
Creating a Venn Diagram:
Fill in the Venn Diagram located on the next page with
information about Native American, West African, and
European culture. Using the following elements of culture as a
guide, place characteristics that are similar in the areas where
the circles overlap. Place characteristics that are not similar
in the areas where the circles do not overlap.
1) Social Organization
3) Forms of Government
4) Economic Systems
Be able to describe why you have placed each characteristic
where you placed it on the diagram.