The New World
About 12,000 years ago, nomadic people migrated from Asia to North America. Over thousands of years, these people spread across North and South America, adapting to the geography, and creating distinct Native American Cultural Regions.
Fast forward to the year 1492... Europeans were in search of a faster route to Asia. Spain hired Christopher Columbus to sail west in search of this route. Columbus didn't find the route, but instead accidentally "discovered" America. Over the next 100 years, many more explorers would sail to the "New World", in search of wealth and glory. As they traveled between Europe and the Americas, these explorers brought goods and people, and connected the "New World" and the "Old World", through a system of trade known as the Columbian Exchange. The Columbian Exchange connected the "Old World" and the "New World", but came at a cost. Many of the explorers brought war and disease that decimated Native Americans populations.