Social Studies - 2018-19

USI.4b - European Cultural and Economic Interactions with American Indians

The student will apply social science skills to understand European exploration in North America and West Africa by 

b) describing cultural and economic interactions between Europeans and American Indians that led to cooperation and conflict, with emphasis on the American Indian and European concept of land

Blooms Level: Remember

Adopted: 2015


Big Themes/Concepts: Power, Compromise, Resources, Trade, Exchange, Competition, Culture, Migration, Conquest, Cooperation, Conflict, Diffusion

The arrival of new cultures impacts existing cultures. 

Contact among the three continents greatly changed the societies of each. 

Our society today includes elements of Native American, European, and African cultures. 

European countries had many reasons to send explorers to new lands. 

Explorers changed Europeans’ views of the world. 

Trade, cultural exchanges, and conflict can result when explorers reach new lands. 

The Age of Exploration had positive and negative effects on Europeans and on native peoples. 

Exploration has had a profound effect on world history. 

Events in history can be looked at from multiple perspectives.


The interactions between American Indians and Europeans sometimes led to cooperation and other times resulted in conflict.

What happens culturally and socially when different groups meet for the first time?

How did the American Indians and Europeans interact with each other?


Cultural interactions 


o Conquered and enslaved American Indians

o Brought Christianity to the New World

o Established missions o Introduced European diseases to American Indians  French

o Established trading posts

o Spread Christian religion 


o Established settlements on American Indian land and claimed ownership of land

o Learned farming techniques from American Indians

o Traded with American Indians 

American Indians

o Taught farming techniques to European settlers

o Believed that land was to be used and shared but not owned 

Areas of cooperation in economic interactions 

Europeans brought weapons and metal farm tools. 

Trade 


Areas of conflict 

Land 

Competition for trade 

Differences in cultures 

Diseases 

Language differences

Identify and interpret primary and secondary source documents to increase understanding of events and life in United States history. (USI.1a)

Interpret ideas and events from different historical perspectives. (USI.1d)


West Africa, motivations, obstacles, accomplishments, Spain, France, Portugal, England, explorer, empire, navigation, territories, Francisco Coronado, Samuel De Champlain, Quebec, Robert La Salle, Mississippi River Valley, John Cabot, Canada, American Indians, New World, trading post, Christian religion, farm tools, West Africa, Ghana, Mali, Songhai, Sahara desert, Niger River, Portugal

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Updated: May 16, 2018