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2. Exploring Borders   



2. Exploring
Borderlands


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Unit Overview: Learning Objectives

After students have viewed the video, read the headnotes and literary selections in The Norton Anthology of American Literature, and explored related archival materials on the American Passages Web site, they should be able to
  1. explain the commercial, political, and religious structures and goals that underwrote European colonial ventures in the New World;

  2. discuss the effects European colonization had on Native American populations in North and South America;

  3. describe the differences among the Spanish, English, French, and Dutch models of colonization;

  4. discuss the formation of mestizo/a identity and its development in America since the sixteenth century;

  5. identify primary differences among Native American cultures in Mesoamerica, Florida, Virginia, and New France and describe the hallmarks of their pre-Conquest literary traditions.




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