February 18, 2013
U.S. History 1301 V05
Instructor Gilberto Reyes Jr
Did U.S. History Begin in 1607? True or False
My answer would have to be true and false. I know that probably sound funny but after doing research I have found different dates in which U.S History might have started. I think that it just all depends on the person and their judgment.
The topic is “U.S History began in 1607”. The year 1607, which marks the settlement of Jamestown, the first permanent English colony in North America, is certainly one of the more significant dates in early American history (Sage). But after reading and researching that date, I have come to find that many people were on the land way before that year. Like for example, About 5000 BCE the Athapascan people moved across Beringia and began to settle the forest in the northwestern area of the continent (Faragher, Buhle and Czitrom 4). According to Lecture 1, (12,000 to 20,000 years ago) are hotly debated dates that relate to the years people from Europe crossed into North America and became “Indians”. All this evidence suggests information on how and when people migrated to this continent. Many of the Indian architecture are still found all around the nation. According to Lecture 3, evidence of Indian relevance to this nation, for their works are to be found scattered throughout the country. Structures that proof how sophisticated Indians were and how civilized they lived. But is the migration of Indians to this continent the way U.S. History began? Indians were on this land way before Christopher Columbus “supposedly” discovered America in 1492. Columbus never reached the boundaries of the country, the land we now know as U.S. would not see Europeans until 1513, when Juan Ponce de Leon reconnoitered what is now call the state of Florida (Lecture 2). This is when the Spaniards had a deep desire to fine the fountain of Eternal Youth. The Spaniards believed Florida was an island and traveled along...
Cited: Faragher, John Mark, et al. Out of Many, A History of the American People, Volume 1, 5th Edition. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Education, Inc., 2000.
Sage, Associate Professor Henry J. U.S. History I: United States History 1607-1865. Lorton, Virginia, June 2010.
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