The Tlingit people of the Pacific Northwest Coast were among the significant number of Native American peoples who made copper weapons prior to contact with Europeans, and so this weapon represents part of a long history of metallurgy in North America.

There is debate about whether smelting was done this far north in the Americas, and it is generally agreed that the majority of weapons predating European contact were hammered from nuggets of naturally occurring or 'native' copper.

The earliest known use of the name is in 1507, on a large map.

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The content, as presented below, is no longer part of the curriculum but provides for great further reading, specifically for the new curriculum topics on ‘European expansion, conquest and the slave trade 15-18th century’ and the ‘World around 1600’. As a first name for both males and females, ' America' means ' Land of the Prince'.

Activity Fill in the names of the different countries on the map of the Americas.

The Aztecs were the first great Native American civilisation with which the Spaniards came into contact In the beginning of the 15th century, a period in history began that had great consequences not only for Europe, but for the rest of the world.

It is generally referred to as the European Age of Discovery or Age of Exploration.

There is no sure answer to the question of where the name ' America' comes from.

The accepted story is that the New World was named after Amerigo Vespucci, an explorer who came from Florence, Italy, and lived at the time of Christopher Columbus.In single-ended forms, the pommel is generally carved to depict a predatory animal.Scholars are divided in opinion as to whether the pommels depicted the totem animals of the warrior's family (i.e.There were two ancient civilisations in cental and south America which the Spanish were particularly interested in.Both the Inca Empire of Peru and the Aztec Empire of Mexico held many riches.Like other indigenous peoples of this coastal area, the Tlingit accumulated considerable wealth in European imports during the late 19th century, due to European demand for Pacific sea-otter fur, which was considered the finest fur in the world by European tailors.