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From the moment the Spanish Conquest began in the late 1400s to the Census Department’s pronouncement in the early 21st century that Latinos and Latinas now represent the largest minority group in the United States, Latino-American history has been an integral and essential part of American history.
Exploration of America
In 1492, Christopher Columbus explored the islands of present-day Cuba, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic. Columbus’s voyage inspired others to venture west to the Americas in search of wealth and exploration. Other expeditions, undertaken by such explorers as Amerigo Vespucci, Hernando de Soto, and Henry Hudson, changed life in both hemispheres.
Colonial America was a vast land settled by Spanish, Dutch, and English immigrants who established settlements such as St. Augustine, Florida; Jamestown, Virginia; Santa Fe, New Mexico; New Amsterdam, New York; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Plymouth in present-day Massachusetts.
Since the ratification of the U.S. Constitution in 1788, the government, courts, and people of the United States have been shaped by the words in that document. To understand how the United States came together as a nation, students must first acquaint themselves with the original 13 colonies and how each followed its own path to the ratification of the Constitution.
Salem Witch Trials
In one of the most infamous episodes in the history of the American justice system, officials in the colonial Massachusetts village of Salem accused women of being witches possessed by the devil. Many women were wrongly tried and convicted of witchcraft to satisfy the mass hysteria of the townspeople.