SAT Subject US History Practice Question 820: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 820

81. When Europeans arrived in the Americas in the 15th and 16th centuries, they found

A. established societies that contained various forms of government.
B. scattered tribes of lawless, nomadic people.
C. extensive trade being carried on in African slavery.
D. hostile, unwelcoming tribes.
E. wild horses in abundance.

Correct Answer: A


When the Europeans arrived, they found advanced civilizations such as the Aztecs and Incas. Most Native Americans were not nomadic (B). The Eastern tribes, for example, had systems of government and lived in settled communities. African slavery (C) did not exist in the Americas. Some European explorers were initially welcomed by the Indians; for example, Cortes, who destroyed the Aztec empire, received a friendly, not a hostile welcome, until the Aztecs figured out his intentions (D). The Europeans introduced horses to the New World (E).

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