Excellent, Intermediate, Young Adult, North America, Geography, History, Timeline, Smithsonian

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Book Review


This illustrated timeline combines the familiar and unfamiliar histories of the four North American regions: Canada, the United States, Mexico, and the islands of the Caribbean. From 13,000 BCE to the present day, this book details history from indigenous people from the 1200 BCE Olmec tribe, to the first North Americans with a written language, to the first indigenous women in US Congress in 2019. It features conflicts from the invasion of European explorers to the Cold War, and cultural events from the Mexican Renaissance to the Civil Rights Movement. It highlights trail blazers as diverse as Juana Inés de la Cruz, a 17th-century educated woman ahead of her time and Neil Armstrong, first person on the moon. It weaves in key inventions like the cotton gin and the Model T Ford as well as natural disasters like the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and the 1980 Eruption of Mount St. Helens.