New Mexico Content Standards
NM.I: History: Students are able to identify important people and events in order to analyze significant patterns, relationships, themes, ideas, beliefs, and turning points in New Mexico, United States, and world history in order to understand the complexity of the human experience. Students will:
1-A: New Mexico: explore and explain how people and events have influenced the development of New Mexico up to the present day:
1-A:2. Explain the reasons for European exploration of the Americas.
1-B: United States: analyze and interpret major eras, events and individuals from the periods of exploration and colonization through the civil war and reconstruction in United States history:
1-B:1. Explain the motivations for the European exploration of the Americas (e.g., Leif Ericson, Christopher Columbus, John Cabot, Hernan Cortez, Jacques Cartier, Henry Hudson);
1-C: World: compare and contrast major historical eras, events and figures from ancient civilizations to the age of exploration:
1-C:3. Identify the European countries that colonized the North American continent and their areas of settlement; and
NM.IV: Economics: Students understand basic economic principles and use economic reasoning skills to analyze the impact of economic systems (including the market economy) on individuals, families, businesses, communities, and governments. Students will:
4-C: Describe the patterns of trade and exchange in early societies and civilizations and explore the extent of their continuation in today's world:
4-C:2. Explain the economic motivation of exploration and colonization by colonial powers.