Essay Assignment

Now that we have spent a healthy amount of time carefully learning about why the European explorers were able to defeat the Native Americans, think about the following sources of information:

  1. Jared Diamond’s film: Guns, Germs, and Steel
  2. Mr. Bolos' presentation on proximate vs. ultimate factors
  3. Various class notes (posted on the blog and taken by you in class)
  4. Class presentations

Based on the sources above, construct a 1-2 page essay that answers the following question:

Why were the European explorers both able to cross the ocean and defeat the Native Americans (and not the other way around)? Consider both proximate and ultimate factors.