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Chapter 1: 1491-1607

6 Lessons


Chapter 1 of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, BRI’s U.S. History Curriculum Resource, invites students to explore how the collision of cultures created a “New World.” Students will learn about the development of systems of cultural exchange between Europe, Africa, and the Americas and evaluate the impact of European contact with Native Americans and the Americas.

It contains an Introductory Essay, five lessons, eight essays, six primary sources, a point-counterpoint about Christopher Columbus, and an Inquiry Organizer to guide students through the exploration of the material.

Explore our suggested sequence for Chapter 1.




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