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Standard 5.0 History

Topic A. Individuals and Societies Change Over Time

Indicator 1. Analyze the chronology and significance of key historical events during the age of European exploration

Objective b. Evaluate the results of the interactions between European explorers and native peoples

To help students understand the magnitude of the impact Europeans had on Native American culture, show students images of Native Americans prior to European contact and several decades after contact and have them note the differences. The following two images would work well. The first is an image of a tribal leader from Virginia as sketched by Englishman John White in the 1585 and engraved by Theodore de Bry in 1590 ( The second image is of Wampanoag leader Metacomet, known by New England Englishmen as King Philip, around 1675. Ask students to consider the following questions: In what ways is the dress of the two men different? What do you notice about their weapons? Where do you think Metacomet got his clothes and weapon? Why do you think Native Americans changed so much during this period? Discuss the concept of trade, and explore the types of articles traded between Native Americans and European explorers. As a class, debate whether the changes in Native American culture caused by contact with Europeans were positive or negative.

Resources for Objective 5.A.1.b:
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