Or Native American people differently than it might affect Europeans?
Well, we could mention, I think an excellent example would be disease.
Native Americans experienced an epidemic of disease related to pathogens brought over by Europeans, so you could talk about disease really reshaped society, particularly there were morning wars in the Northeast, where Native Americans would raid New England settlements trying to find replacements for the people who had died in disease.
You could also talk about trade and for example horses might be a good example of this. The Spanish tried to implement a system of encomienda labor, which would grant land to the Spanish for Native Americans to labor upon in a system of slavery.
The Spanish brought horses to the New World, which completely changed the form of transportation and wealth for a lot of Native American societies on the Great Plains. You might also talk about gender roles and intermarriage between Native Americans and Europeans which changed racial patterns and created new racial caste systems and also changed the way that women were often viewed in Native American societies, often resulting in them having less power than they did before the Europeans arrived.
They're asking you to display your knowledge about a topic in the past, but what parts of that knowledge you display is up to you. A, "Briefly explain one example of how contact "between Native Americans and Europeans "brought changes to Native American societies "in the period 1492 to 1700." Now this is really important.
So that means you can really play to your strengths. You don't have to worry about knowing everything. So let's read this question and we're gonna read it really carefully, which you'll see is important for a number of reasons. Making sure that you know the date range that you're being asked to write about is really key to giving a good answer because we could talk about Native American history in American society really right up to the present, so 1700 is our end date.
And for each of these I would really only just write one sentence.
Make sure that that sentence gets at the heart of what it is that you're trying to say.
If you're behind a web filter, please make sure that the domains *.and *.are unblocked. So this is a real practice problem from the AP exam and I'd like to go through it step-by-step with you to give you an idea of how to approach these problems really well.
- [Voiceover] So this video is about the short answer section on the AP U. So each of the short answer problems is three questions long and they all discuss one facet of American history.