Eruopean Expansion

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Exploration and Colonization

Summarize the motives, expectations, problems, and rewards associated with the age of European expansion.

Describe the impact of Europeans on Native American (Indian) cultures and the impact of native cultures on Europeans. Then explain why it was or was not a good thing that European culture prevailed.

Which one of the following do you think made the most important contribution to European expansion: Renaissance thought, the search for new trade routes, or new developments in technology? Explain your choice.

What lessons do you think English colonists learned from their early Jamestown experience? Focus on matters of fulfilling expectations, financial support, leadership skills, and relations with the
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Explain why they are key documents in American history.

Before 1790, American leaders denounced political parties. Explain why, nonetheless, political parties came into existence and what function they performed in the early Republic.

Very early in its national history, the United States established a tradition of isolationism in its foreign policy. How did the Neutrality Proclamation and Washington’s Farewell Address contribute to this tradition?

Jefferson to Jackson
List at least three key principles of government advanced by Thomas Jefferson and the Republican party before 1800. Describe how these ideals fared during Jefferson’s administration. Were they translated into public policy? Explain how or, if not, why not.

Why do the text’s authors refer to the case of Marbury v. Madison as “epochal”? Describe the short- and long-term ramifications of the decision.

Which of the following made the most important contributions to American nationalism after the War of 1812: John Marshall, Daniel Webster, Henry Clay, John Quincy Adams? Justify your selection.

Which do you think was the major cause of the War of 1812: western war hawk territorial expansion, British violations of American neutrality rights on the high seas, or the urge to uphold national honor and pride? Justify your selection.

What might the president and Congress have done in 1812 to avoid war with Britain and still maintain the nation’s honor?
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