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By David M. Kennedy, Lizabeth Cohen, Thomas Bailey

The yankee competition enjoys a name as some of the most renowned, potent, and wonderful texts in American historical past. the colourful anecdotes, first-person quotations, and trademark wit deliver American historical past to lifestyles. The 14th version areas a fair better emphasis at the worldwide context of yank historical past via a brand new function, "Thinking Globally." Revised basic resource good points excite pupil curiosity and aid them learn how to learn records the way in which historians do. extra pedagogical positive aspects make the yank festival available to scholars: half openers and chapter-ending chronologies supply a context for the most important sessions in American heritage, whereas different positive aspects current fundamental assets, scholarly debates, and key old figures for research.

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In 1513 and 1521, Juan Ponce de León explored Florida, which he at fi rst thought was an island. Seeking gold—and probably not the mythical “fountain of youth”—he instead met with death by an Indian arrow. In 1540–1542 Francisco Coronado, in quest of fabled golden cities that turned out to be adobe pueblos, wandered with a clanking cavalcade through Arizona and New Mexico, penetrating as far east as Kansas. En route his expedition discovered two awesome natural wonders: the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River and enormous herds of buffalo (bison).

This flood of precious metal touched off a price revolution in Europe that increased consumer costs by as much as 500 percent in the hundred years after the midsixteenth century. Some scholars see in this ballooning European money supply the fuel that fed the growth of the economic system known as capitalism. Certainly, New World bullion helped transform the world economy. It swelled the vaults of bankers from Spain to Italy, laying the foundations of the modern commercial banking system. It clinked in the purses of merchants in France and Holland, stimulating the spread of commerce and manu facturing.

Lawrence, the lake water sought the St. Lawrence River outlet to the Atlantic Ocean, lowering the Great Lakes’ level and leaving the Missouri- 5 1991 2000 46 years WORLD WAR II ENDS 9 years COLD WAR ENDS NEW MILLENNIUM BEGINS Mississippi-Ohio system to drain the enormous midcontinental basin between the Appalachians and the Rockies. Similarly, in the West, water from the melting glaciers fi lled sprawling Lake Bonneville, covering much of present-day Utah, Nevada, and Idaho. It drained to the Pacific Ocean through the Snake and Columbia River systems until diminishing rainfall from the ebbing ice cap lowered the water level, cutting off access to the Snake River outlet.

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