Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Ancient America

It is believed that native people of the U.S. mainland (including Alaska Natives) could have migrated from Asia. They began arriving in to the American lands from some 12,000 ago.

After a couple of hundred years, Europeans (who hated Europe for many reasons) found out America as their freedom land and began settling in the Americas.

In 1492, Christopher Columbus, under contract to the Spanish crown, made the first contact with the native people of Americas. On April 2, 1513, Spanish Conqueror Juan Ponce de León landed in the US, is the first documented European arrival in the America.

[First English settlements were through the ship “Mayflower” in 1620, as depicted in the book “The Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor]

Following the Spanish, English and Dutch started moving into the country and in 1500-1600s. During this time, millions of Native Americans died due to many imported diseases such as smallpox. And America had almost become a country of Immigrants.

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