By Mary Beth Norton, David M. Katzman

This lively narrative demanding situations scholars to contemplate the that means of yank historical past. considerate inclusion of the lives of daily humans, cultural variety, paintings, and pop culture preserves the text's uncomplicated method of American heritage as a narrative of the entire American humans. The 7th version keeps the emphasis at the detailed social background of the us and engages scholars via state-of-the-art examine and scholarship. New content material comprises multiplied insurance of recent background (post-1945) with dialogue of international kin, gender research, and race and racial family members

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Photo by Michael Holford) 1492–1600 inhabitants had become Muslims. Trade via camel caravans between Upper Guinea and the Muslim Mediterranean was sub-Saharan Africa’s major connection to Europe and West Asia. In return for salt, dates, silk, and cotton cloth, Africans exchanged ivory, gold, and slaves with northern merchants. Upper Guinea runs northeast-southwest from Cape Verde to Cape Palmas. The people of its northernmost region, the so-called Rice Coast (present-day Gambia, Senegal, and Guinea), fished and cultivated rice in coastal swamplands.

3). Most Europeans, like most Africans and Americans, lived in small villages. Only a few cities dotted the landscape, most of them political capitals. SEXUAL DIVISION European farmers, who were called peasants, owned or leased separate OF LABOR IN landholdings, but they worked the EUROPE fields communally. Because fields had to lie fallow (unplanted) every second or third year to regain fertility, a family could not ensure itself a regular food supply unless the work and the crops were shared annually by all the villagers.

People speaking a variety of languages and pursuing different subsistence strategies lived in a wide belt south of the deserts. South of the Gulf of Guinea, the grassy landscape came to be dominated by Bantu-speaking peoples, who left their homeland in modern Nigeria about two thousand years ago and slowly migrated south and east across the continent. West Africa was a land of tropical forests and savanna grasslands where fishing, cattle herding, and agriculture had supported the inhabitants for at least ten thousand years before WEST AFRICA Europeans set foot there in the fifteenth (GUINEA) century.

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