By Mary Beth Norton
A humans and a state deals a lively narrative that demanding situations scholars to contemplate American historical past. The authors' cognizance to race and racial id and their inclusion of daily humans and pop culture brings historical past to existence, enticing pupil readers and inspiring them to visualize what existence was once rather like some time past. The 8th version deals hugely readable tales and the most recent scholarship all through.
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Archaeologists believe that climate change and the degradation of the environment, caused by overpopulation and the destruction of nearby forests, contributed to the city’s collapse. The Aztecs’ histories tell of the long migration of their people (who called themselves Mexica) into the Valley of Mexico during the twelfth cen|||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| tury. The uninhabited ruins of Teotihuacán, which by then had Aztecs been deserted for at least two hundred years, awed and mystified the migrants.
Near the coast, local Mayas presented him with a group of young enslaved women. One of them, Malinche (whom the Spaniards baptized as a Christian and renamed Doña Marina), had been sold into slavery by the Aztecs and raised by the Mayas. Because she became Cortés’s translator, some modern Mexicans regard her as a traitor, but others suggest that she owed no loyalty to people who had enslaved her. In her own day, both Europeans and Aztecs accorded her great respect. Malinche bore Cortés a son, Martín— one of the first mestizos, or mixed-blood children—and eventually married one of his officers.
The same Westerlies that carried Columbus and other southern voyagers back to Europe blew in the faces of northerners looking west. But mariners soon learned that the strongest winds shifted southward during the winter and that, by departing from northern ports in the spring, they could make adequate headway if they steered northward to catch sporadic easterly breezes. Thus, whereas the first landfall of most sailors to the south was somewhere in the Caribbean, those taking the northern route usually reached America along the coast of what is now Maine or the Canadian Maritime Provinces.
A People and a Nation: A History of the United States (8th Edition) by Mary Beth Norton