Homework One Answers - Student Eighteen

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1. Which time period or periods in American History do you expect to enjoy studying the most? Why? I am expecting to enjoy studying anything from the American involvement in World War I to current events in America. This is because I enjoy more recent events, and I also love politics and current events.

Excellent, and we'll spend several lectures and homework assignments on that important period. The last lecture should continue up to 2011!

2. Christopher Columbus: overrated, or not given enough credit? Explain. Although it was because of Christopher Columbus that Europeans started to settle in the America, he is sightly overrated. The reason I say this is because most people seem to forget the fact that he brought over a lot of deadly illnesses to the Americas. Also, did he not steal from the Natives?

The illness issue is exaggerated, and was not intentional. Doubt he "stole" from the Natives either. It's important to separate biased criticism from the truth. Columbus was a devout Christian; not perfect (no one has been since Jesus), but probably not as bad as critics (who may be anti-Christian) claim. (Minus 1)

3. True or false: the Puritans came to America in order to separate church from state (government). Explain. True and False, the Puritans came to America to escape religious prosecution from the English government. However, when they first arrived at Plymouth Rock the wrote a signed the Mayflower Compact, (The Mayflower Compact was a document to establish a civil form of government for their colony) at the beginning of the document is written, "In the name of God Amen." Which shows how the religion of the people played a large part of their government.

Good explanation, but the answer is entirely "false", not "true and false." See model answers when ready. (Minus 1)

4. Pick one of the questions or topics from the lecture, and explain your view. Did "triangular trade" really exist? In a way yes, triangular trade did exist. The three routes of trade did form somewhat of a triangle. The routes are, Africa to the Americas, Americas to Africa, Europe to the Americas and Americas to Europe.

OK, good answer. Note that some wonder what, if anything, was sold (traded) to Africans on that branch of the route. Slaves were taken, but were any goods given? Probably not much.

5. In what ways did the colonies help build the economic strength of England? The fact that the Americas had so many different crops, animals and other product that are not native to Europe it helped to strengthen the economics of England. Because of these items, the English government was able to have the people living in the colonies send over some of the products and they would then trade with other countries in Europe, African and other places.

Right ... and sell the finished goods back in the colonies also.

6. Spain settled America before England did. So why is the United States an English-speaking nation, rather than a Spanish speaking one? Although Spain settled in America before England did, the United States in an English-speaking nation, because the Jamestown settlement and the settlement at Plymouth Rock, both brought over people from England. Both settlements also turned out to be the most successful settlements in the Americas, which brought over more people that speak English. Therefore, the United States is an English-speaking nation and not a Spanish-speaking nation.



Grade: 58/60. Superb start!--Andy Schlafly 13:54, 13 February 2011 (EST)