A brief history of america (part i)
Program Matrikulasi De La Salle/Manado
February 11th, 2011
Let us remember that we are in the holy presence of
“…American people come from?”
…Asia! …& Africa!
Hunters from Asia walked to America around12,000 B.C.
In search of large animals to hunt, they walked across Bering Strait They arrived at the Great Plains They colonize North America
America discovered by European navigators in 1492
Christopher Colombus arrives in America on October 12th, 1492 He calls local people “Indians” because he thinks he is in India!
America becomes part of Spain‟s Empire
Local people (“Indians”) dominated by European military superiority Many conflicts, and diseases Spanish looking for gold in America
The Terrible Story of the „New World‟
Before colonization: 10 million people, 200 tribes In 1865: only 300,000 remained…
After the Protestant Reformation, England begins to explore America
1587: Spanish military power declining, England begins to explore and colonize America First British “settlements” (=SP in Papua)
Then they were religious conflicts in Great Britain
Conflicts between Puritans and Presbyterians Some Puritans left England on a ship, the Mayflower They reached America and established a new settlement there
French and Dutch also begin to establish colonies in America
Relationships are not always good with local people
„American Society‟ in the Making
What is an American?
„American Spirit‟ is composed of values of…
Entrepreneurship Diversity Religion
(settlers…) (different origins) (believers)
American people believe that anyone can be successful They are ready to take risk and try new things
The Formation of the USA & The Westward Expansion
A Rebellion Against British Rule
1775: 13 colonies begin a