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Old World and the Atlantic

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What events in the Old World precipitated the drive to cross the Atlantic? Once in the New World, how did most Europeans behave? How did they generally perceive the peoples and resources they found? Were there any exceptions to these norms? Were there any Europeans who treated the Native Americans fairly? How does America's dominant culture treat minority cultures today?

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Old World events and how they precipitated the drive to cross the Atlantic are noted.

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For old world drives: Old world events involve changes in the monarchies and their growing ability and interest in expansion: see especially the story of Isabella and Ferdinand in Spain and Prince Henry the Navigator. Technological and scientific change across Europe also fuel the exploration. Look into what kinds of navigation tools an explorer would need to answer this fully... also, look into why Portugal was the trailblazer. Their Atlantic location, ...

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