There are many theories on how the first people migrated to America, and science is constantly revealing new evidence on who these people were, and how they got here. One popular theory is that 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... Marco Polo had written a manuscript, detailing the ideas, and goods he had come across during his travels to Eastern Asia. Europeans were intrigued, and so began to search for a new, faster and safer 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 (though he didn't know it at the time). Over the next 100 years, many more Europeans would sail to this "New World", in search of wealth and glory, and to spread their faith. By 1620, Spain, France, England, The Netherlands and Portugal had established colonies in America. As people traveled between Europe and the Americas, they brought all kinds of goods to and from the two hemispheres, creating a system of trade we today call the Columbian Exchange. The Columbian Exchange connected the "Old World" (Europe, Asia and Africa) and the "New World" (North and South America), but it came at a cost. Many of the explorers brought war and disease that decimated Native Americans populations. They also brought the practice of slavery.
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