Ap History Essay example

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Zinn Questions – A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
Chapter 1 – Columbus, the Indians and Human Purpose
1. According to Zinn, what is the main purpose for writing A Peoples History of the United States?
* Zinns purpose for writing this book is because he wants to tell the various point of views of the common people.
2. What is Zinns thesis for pages 1-11?
* Zinns thesis for the first eleven pages is to tell/ describe events the way they happened. He starts with Columbus but he doesn’t complement him for being a hero but as a fake. He described him as he was.
3. According to Zinn, how is Columbus portrayed in traditional history books?
* Columbus was portrayed as a hero, a peaceful explorer
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8. What was the ultimate fate for the Arawak Indians?
* The ultimate fate for the Arawak Indians was death. They either died of sickness or were killed. Most of the Arawak Indians died on ships because of the living conditions. Others were killed because they couldn’t complete a difficult task appointed to them.
9. What was the significance of Quetzalcoatl?
* Quetzalcoatl was the Aztec God that was said to come back in human form. When the Spaniards encountered the Aztecs the people thought that it was Quetzalcoatl. This made it easy for the Spaniards to gain a good foothold on the new world. But Herman Cortez then started a death march through the towns turning Aztec against Aztec.
10. Compare the strategies and motives underlying the conquest if the Aztecs by Cortez and the conquest of the Incas by Pizzaro.
* The tactics were the same and for the same reasons the empires were conquered -- frenzy in the early capitalist states of Europe for gold, for slaves, for products of the soil, to spur growth in wealth.
11. What were the major causes of war between Powhatans and the English settlers?
* The major cause for was in was in the winter of 1610, some English settlers ran away to the Powhatans village to be at least fed. When the summer came, the colonies governor sent a messenger to the village to take back the English settlers but they wouldn’t…