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Humanities in Class: Webinar Series

First Contacts II: Europeans Meet Native Americans

American History; Thirteen Colonies; Indigenous Americans; Age of Exploration

Kathleen DuVal (Fellow, 2008–09)

October 8, 2015

The first contacts between Europeans and Native Americans brought dramatic change to the Old World and the New. What did Europeans think of the first Native Americans they met? What constitutes a first encounter? What did the earliest contacts predict for the future? How did first contacts differ based on particular circumstances? And finally, why did first contacts matter so much? Readings will come from a variety of sources, including the Native American oral tradition, Norse sagas, and letters of European explorers


History / American History / Thirteen Colonies / Indigenous Americans / Age of Exploration /