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Sources Elsewhere: Early North America
From Our Library: Early Americas
Below are just some examples of the library's materials on early American history as a whole, encompassing North America, Mesoamerica, and South America.
Atlas of Ancient America by
Call Number: REF 970.001 COE
Publication Date: 1986-10-01
While beginning with the European conquest and ending with Native American survivals, this atlas mostly concerns the prehistoric archaeology of North, Middle, and South America. Interspersed with maps showing site locations, style zones, and cultural boundaries are sections on special topics and major sites. An extensive text unites the maps, illustrations, and feature sections as an introduction to Native American prehistory.
Call Number: 970.011 MAN
Publication Date: 2006-10-10
In this groundbreaking work of science, history, and archaeology, Charles C. Mann radically alters our understanding of the Americas before the arrival of Columbus in 1492.
From Our Library: Books on Early North America
Below are just some examples of the library's materials on early North America.
Ancient Encounters by
Call Number: 979.7 CHA
Publication Date: 2001-06-07
The first Americans, or Paleo-Americans, as they are known to some in the scientific community, may have arrived in the Americas earlier and by a different route than has been generally agreed. Kennewick Man may hold significant clues to the ancestry of the people of the Americas, which is why, Chatters argues, his skeleton deserves further study.
The Archaeology of North America by
Call Number: 970 SNO
Publication Date: 1989-01-01
Discusses the origins of America's Indians, their myths, and their culture in various regions of the continent up to the time of the conquest.
Wilderness at Dawn by
Call Number: 970.02 MOR
Publication Date: 1993-05-01
History of North America to the end of the 18th century.
From Our Library: Books on Early South America
A Brief History of Brazil by
Call Number: 981 MEA
Publication Date: 2002-11-01
Brazilian history from the pre-colonial period to the present, with special emphasis on the daily lives of women, as well as men, on popular culture, including soccer, movies, television and music.
Machu Picchu by
Call Number: 985.37 HEM
Publication Date: 1981-01-01
The History of Argentina by
Call Number: 982 LEW
Publication Date: 2001-08-30
Covers the entire sweep of Argentina's history from pre-Columbian times to 2001. Also included are a timeline of historic events in Argentina, biographical sketches of key people in its history, a glossary of terms, and a bibliographic essay of works in English for further study.
The History of the Conquest of Peru by
Call Number: 985 PRE
Publication Date: 1998-10-13
Chronicles Spanish exploits in the New World, including Pizarro's overthrow of the Inca empire.
From Our Library: Books on Early Mesoamerica
The Ancient Maya by
Call Number: 972.8 SHA
Publication Date: 2005-10-07
Traces the evolution of Maya civilization through the Pre-Columbian era, a span of some 2,500 years from the origins of complex society within Mesoamerica to the end of the Pre-Columbian world with the Spanish Conquest in the 16th century. The sixth edition presents new archaeological evidence and historical studies and offers the most extensive revisions of this classic work to date.
The Aztecs by
Call Number: 970.004 SMI
Publication Date: 2012-01-03
The Aztecs of Mesoamerica -- The rise of Aztec civilization -- People on the landscape -- Artisans and their wares -- The commercial economy -- Family and social class -- City-state and empire -- Cities and urban planning -- Creation, death, and the gods -- Temples and ceremonies -- Science, writing and calendars -- Art, music, and literature -- Final glory, conquest, and legacy.
The Legacy of Mesoamerica by
Call Number: 972.00497 LEG
Publication Date: 2006-11-27
Origins and development of Mesoamerican civilization / Janine Gasco ... [et al.] -- Late postclassic Mesoamerica / Robert M. Carmack ... [et al.] -- The Mesoamerican world at Spanish contact / Robert M. Carmack -- Mesoamerica and Spain : the conquest / Louise M. Burkhart and Janine Gasco -- The colonial period in Mesoamerica / Louise M. Burkhart and Janine Gasco -- Indigenous literature from colonial Mesoamerica / Louise M. Burkhart -- Mesoamericans in the neocolonial era / Robert M. Carmack and Gary H. Gossen -- Native Mesoamericans in the modern era / Robert M. Carmack -- Transnationalism and the political economy of Mesoamerica / Liliana R. Goldin and Walter E. Little -- The Mayan Zapatista movement / Gary H. Gossen -- Language and languages in Mesoamerica / John S. Justeson and George A. Broadwell -- Women and gender in Mesoamerica / Brenda Rosenbaum and Christine Eber -- The Indian voice in recent Mesoamerican literature / Gary H. Gossen -- The religious traditions of Mesoamerica / Gary H. Gossen.
The New Archaeology and the Ancient Maya by
Call Number: 972.81 SAB
Publication Date: 1989-10-01
Using high-tech equipment, chemical analyses and sampling strategies, archaeologists are learning more about how and why cultures change. Using the study of the Maya as a test case, this book shows how the transformation of archaeology has brought new understanding of past civilizations.
Victors and Vanquished by
Call Number: 972.02 VIC
Publication Date: 1999-12-29
Using excerpts primarily drawn from Bernal Diaz's 1632 account of the Spanish victory and from testimonies of indigenous Nahua survivors, the book demonstrates how personal interests, class and ethnic biases, and political considerations can influence interpretation of events. A substantial introduction is followed by 9 chronological sections that illuminate the major events and personalities in this powerful historical episode and reveal the changing attitudes toward European expansionism.
Sources Elsewhere: Early Mesoamerica
Sources Elsewhere: Early South America
From Our Library: Books on Early West Indies
Below are just some examples of the library's materials on the early West Indies.
A Brief History of the Caribbean by
Call Number: 972.9 FIG
Publication Date: 2007-12-01
Pre-Columbian inhabitants -- Two worlds in collision : The Spanish Conquest (1492-1552) -- European challenges to Spanish rule (1500-1850) -- Industry and slavery (1500-1850) -- Revolutions in America, France, and Haiti (ca. 1700-1850) -- Slave rebellion, anti-slavery movements and wars of independence (ca. 1700-1850) -- Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the Spanish-Cuban-American War (1850-1900) -- Cuba : dictatorship and revolution (1900-2000) -- Fragmentation and occupation : Haiti and the Dominican Republic (1900-2000) -- Commonwealth, federation, and autonomy : Puerto Rico, Martinique, Guadeloupe, and the Dutch Caribbean (1900-2000) -- Jamaica, Trinidad, and Grenada (1900-2000) -- The 21st century: immigration and uncertainties
The Tainos by
Call Number: 972.902 ROU
Publication Date: 1993-07-28
Archaeologist and anthropologist tells the story of the Tainos of the northern Caribbean islands, from their ancestry on the South American continent to their rapid decline after contact with the Spanish explorers.
From Our Library: Articles on World History Topics
The Home tab in the World History guide provides links to several library databases. They serve as good starting places for your research.
Remember that besides articles many databases also include photos and other illustrations, maps, charts, and primary sources!