Chapter 1

Chapter 1: The Collision Of Cultures

Focus Questions

1. What civilizations existed in pre-Columbian America?
2. Why were European countries, such as Spain and Portugal, prepared to embark on voyages of discovery by the sixteenth century?
3. How did contact between the Western Hemisphere and the "Old World" change through the exchange of plants, animals, and pathogens?
4. What were the Europeans' reasons for establishing colonies in America?
5. What is the legacy of the Spanish presence in North America?
6. What effect did the Protestant Reformation have on the colonization of the New World?

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