Enrichment Materials: Exploration & Colonization
These enrichment materials build upon concepts introduced in US History and Advanced US History courses. They incorporate and link perspectives from a wide array of peoples during this time period.
The period of exploration and colonization marked the beginnings of written documents pertaining to American history. European countries, motivated by mercantilism and desire to conquer, began exploring and migrating to the Americans during this time. They sought riches, new lives, and adventure.
Most primary sources from this time hone in on the European side of negotiations and agreements. However, it is important to remember that the Europeans were invading a land that belonged to native peoples. Thus, in order to gain a complete understanding of this time period, we must also look into native perspectives on European contact.