AP History Tips

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How did Enlightenment thinking affect the American Revolution?

Freedom of speech, equality, and religious tolerance are essential to American history, and the Enlightenment is where they're rooted.
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What was the “Great Compromise?”

Creating a government from scratch is hard, and the founders disagreed on how it would work. This is one critical compromise they came to.
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What are Laissez Faire economics?

Your teacher's probably throwing the term "laissez fair economics" like it's nothing. Here's what it means.
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What is imperialism?

Imperialism is a major topic in AP World History. Here's what you need to know about imperialism and the motives behind it.
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What was the New Deal?

Ending the Great Depression was a monumental task, President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal was one part of recovery.
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What ended the Great Depression?

Roosevelt's New Deal gets all of the credit, but there was more to America's economic recovery than Keynesian economics.
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What was the First Great Migration, and why did it happen?

Millions of black Americans left the South to make better lives for themselves.
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How did globalization effect trade & economics in the 20th century?

The Post-Cold War era saw a major boom in global trade and economics with an explosion of cross-cultural exchange and wealth. Learn More👇🏼
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What was the The Great Leap Forward & the Cultural Revolution in China during the 20th Century?

The Rise of Communism in China under Mao Zedong explained
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What motivated European exploration in the New World?

A simple way to easily recall why European superpowers fled to the Americas in the late 15th and 16th centuries.
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How do I study in a group for my AP exam?

APUSH: Here are some study tips about how to be a part of a study group
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What was the Corrupt Bargain of 1825?

Henry Clay, Speaker of the House, threw support behind John Quincy Adams who later appointed Henry Clay as Secretary of State.
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How do I pre-write for AP history essays?

Here's a great way to get better at DBQs and LEQs!
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How do I improve at DBQs?

APUSH: Here's ways to improve by scoring and practicing DBQs!
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What were the causes of the Great Depression?

Spoiler alert: the stock market crash in 1929 wasn't the only reason for the Great Depression.
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What was the “Scramble for Africa?"

Imperialism led to the need for raw materials. The mostly unclaimed by Europeans territories of Africa were the hot spot for resources
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How do I get better at LEQs?

Apush: Here's how you can practice to improve your LEQs!
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How do I read primary sources?

How to understand the source documents found on the APUSH exam.
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Who were the Manchus and why were they important?

The Manchus aka founders of the Qing Republic and outside invaders of China. Their rule marks the beginning of a new non-native Chinese era
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How do I get better at SAQs?

APUSH: Here's how you can practice and score your own APUSH short answer questions!
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Who is Napoleon Bonaparte and what did he do?

A not-so-short overview of the unusual reign of this infamous French Emperor.
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What were the Articles of Confederation?

APUSH: What you need to know about the Articles of Confederation
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Why was the Yuan Dynasty significant?

The Yuan Dynasty: Mongol Rule in China. An era of prosperity, tolerance, cultural growth, and exploration thanks to Genghis Khan’s grandson
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Who was John Winthrop?

Q: What were 3 things that describe John Winthrop? A: "City upon a hill", Puritans, Massachusetts Bay Colony.
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What was the Compromise of 1850?

The Compromise of 1850, proposed by Henry Clay, was used to determine the slavery status of states from the Mexican Cession.
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What was the Missouri Compromise?

The Missouri Compromise (Compromise of 1820) admitted Missouri as a slave state, Maine as a free state, and established the 36'30 line.
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How do I study for the APUSH final exam?

APUSH: Here's some tips on how to prepare for the APUSH final exam
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Who were the most important European explorers?

During the Age of Exploration, many Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, and French explorers discovered areas of the New World.
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What is mercantilism?

How did the European superpowers get so rich? Mercantilism. Read below to find out how the Europeans colonized for major economic gains
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How do I get the sourcing point on the DBQ?

Use this simple acronym to snatch that sourcing point! Get 1 step closer to that 7 on your AP History DBQs!
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How did the 13 colonies pave the way for democracy?

Colonists were not happy with Britain when it ended its policy of statutory neglect. Where did their love of democracy come from?
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What do all all the common APUSH acronyms stand for?

Demystifying that confusing jargon tossed around in APUSH.
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What recent events are important to know in APUSH?

How long ago is history?
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What was virtual representation?

"No taxation without representation" was a rallying cry during the American Revolution, so where did it come from?
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What were the beliefs and missions of Jesuits?

The Jesuits were a Catholic order created by Ignatius Loyola during the Counter-Reformation.
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What was Realpolitik?

Realpolitik is a term used in conversation about Bismarck and the eras following him. The actual meaning and origin can be confusing.
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What was the Cuban Missile Crisis?

Missiles and tensions with the Soviet Union don't make for a fun day in America, so what was the Cuban Missile Crisis?
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How do I take timed tests?

How to get used to taking APUSH tests with a time limit
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What is the concept of social contract?

Social contract is a political concept that describes the give and take between a people and their government.
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How can I earn the complex historical understanding point in AP Euro?

The complex historical understanding point is the hardest point to earn in both a DBQ and LEQ. It involves going beyond a simple essay.
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How did the Black Death impact Europe?

A description of the Black Plague, its impact, and reactions to it.
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What is fascism and how did It start?

Fascism: The revolutionary form of government that led to the rise of rulers such as Hitler and fueled the beginnings of World War 2
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What were the Crusades and their effects?

Details of the Crusades and their outcomes and effects.
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What is capitalism and how did it work?

An overview of the beginnings of capitalism.
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What were the main causes of World War II?

How could the world reach another global conflict so soon after World War I? The main causes of World War II for the APWH student
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What were "Jim Crow" laws?

The post-Civil War era saw major steps towards equality, but Jim Crow laws were enacted to stop these efforts. What were they?
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What are the most important dates to know for AP Euro?

Memorizing dates isn't a good way to study for an AP history, however, knowledge of relevant years will aid your ability to contextualize.
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What caused the end of Reconstruction?

Let's look at some of the multiple reasons reconstruction ended when life was finally starting to get better in the country
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What were the effects of the Columbian Exchange?

The effects of the Columbian Exchange on the Americas and Afro-Eurasia in terms of disease, wildlife, demographics, and culture.
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How Do I Get the Complexity Point on the DBQ?

The Complexity Point: How you demonstrate a complex understanding on the DBQ for AP History students.
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What happened during the Protestant Reformation?

The Protestant Reformation transformed the role of religion in Europe. Here's everything you need to know about this key time in APWH/Euro
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What changes were made to AP World History?

This article describes the various changes made to AP World History beginning in the 2019-2020 school year as AP World History Modern.
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What were the Mongol Khanates and how were they different?

The Mongols: one of the most significant empires in history and there is definitely a lot to know. Here's a break up of the four khanates.
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What was the Proclamation Line of 1763?

Parliament passed The Proclamation of 1763 which banned colonists from settling west of the Appalachian Mountains.
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What is Henry Clay's American System?

Henry Clay's American System had three key parts that encouraged buildup of American industries.
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Why was Henry Clay the "Great Compromiser"?

Henry Clay proposed the 3 main compromises of the 1800s: Missouri Compromise, Compromise Tariff, Compromise of 1850
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How did the Delhi Sultanate rule?

The structure and systems of government of the Delhi Sultunate
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What was the Silk Road and why was it important?

The Silk Road, one of the most important routes of history. A quick overview on what it was and why it was important.
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How do I prepare for AP World History over the summer?

Worried about your AP World HIstory class? No need! With these 5 tips, you are bound to be prepared!
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Written by Isabela Salman
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How did the invention of the printing press impact European history?

The printing press revolutionized the way knowledge was spread during the Renaissance.
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What documents should I know for APUSH?

Here are some documents that you review to help you prepare for the final exam.
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How do I get the complex understanding point on the LEQ?

Here's the easiest way to get the 6th, 'complex understanding,' or synthesis point on your APUSH LEQ.
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What were the differences between Christian sects following the Protestant Reformation?

After Luther's Reformation, Catholicism competed with several new Protestant denominations.
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What are Machiavelli's ideas?

During the Renaissance, the work of literature "The Prince" by Machiavelli defined a new era of political identity for European states.
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Written by Sam Patterson [Intern]
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How do I answer Stimulus Based Questions quickly?

6 Top Tips on how to quickly answer the stimulus based questions for APWH, APUSH, & AP EURO without being careless!
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What led to the Renaissance?

The Renaissance was the explosion of culture following the Middle Ages. What factors made the era possible?
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How do I earn the context point in AP Euro?

The context point is the second point on a DBQ or LEQ rubric, and is arguably simple to earn.
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How do I read secondary sources in APUSH?

How to deal with those secondary sources on the APUSH exam.
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What is the importance of Petrarch in AP Euro?

Francesco Petrarca, often called the Father of Humanism, falls outside of AP Euro's scope. However, he is vital to content.
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Why was the Palace of Versailles built?

King Louis XIV built the Palace of Versailles for two main reasons: his distrust of the nobility and to showcase France's power.
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Written by Sam Patterson [Intern]
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What do I need to know from Period 9 of APUSH?

Everything you need to know from Period 9 for the APUSH exam!
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Written by Briana Dokken [intern]
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How can I earn the thesis point in AP Euro?

The thesis point is the first, and arguably easiest point on the AP Euro DBQ and LEQ. Breaking down the prompt is key to earning it.
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Written by Sam Patterson [Intern]
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What was the Cold War?

APUSH: Here's a quick review of important events, people, and other things to know about the Cold War
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How was Absolutism different from Totalitarianism?

Absolutism and totalitarianism's key points are outlined here alongside their similarities and differences.
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How did the railroad drive industrialization in Europe?

During the Industrial Revolution, the train's advent and spread spurred urbanization and manufacturing throughout Europe.
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What was the Civil Rights Movement?

APUSH: A quick review of key people and events from the American Civil Rights Movement.
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How did politics affect the Protestant Reformation?

As the protest to the Catholic faith continued, politics throughout Central Europe caused Martin Luther's ideas to spread.
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What were the alliances in World War II?

The second World War had two major teams- The Axis and Allies. How were they broken down and who made them up?
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What are the ideas of Mercantilism?

Mercantilism was an economic and political philosophy adopted by many European states during the Age of Exploration. What was it all about?
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What do I need to know from Period 8 of APUSH?

Here's a breakdown of what you'll need to know from Period 8 for the APUSH exam
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How was the Renaissance different from the Dark Ages?

"Renaissance" translates to "Rebirth," but what exactly changed during this era?
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What do I need to know from Period 7 of APUSH?

What to study from Period 7 for the APUSH final!
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Why did the Treaty of Versailles fail to uphold peace?

After World War I, the lack of successful diplomacy led to a quick renewal of war. How did the world lose its peace so quickly?
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Written by Sam Patterson [Intern]
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What do I need to know from Period 6 of APUSH?

What to study from Period 6 of APUSH
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How to Study Content for an AP History Class

Can't remember all of those dates, names, and facts. Here's some tips!
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What caused the American Revolution?

APUSH: Here's what you need to know about the events that led up to the American Revolution.
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Written by G. Sander Owens [INTERN]
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How to Answer Stimulus-Based Multiple Choice Questions

Answering multiple choice questions when there is a stimulus For AP World, APUSH, and AP Euro!
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What were the causes of World War I?

Wondering what sparked WWI? One word: MANIA - a representation of its 5 short and long term causes.
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How did the US and the Soviet Union compete during the Cold War?

After World War II, the Russian Soviet Union and the US were at odds but needed to assert their dominance without waging nuclear war.
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Written by Sam Patterson [Intern]
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How do I approach the Short Answer Questions?

APUSH: How the SAQs are formatted, and how to deal with them.
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How to Write the SAQ

Writing the Short Answer Questions (SAQ) for AP World, APUSH, and AP Euro
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How to Write the DBQ

Make sure you're ready for the document-based question on AP World, APUSH, and AP Euro!
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How to write the LEQ

Worried about the long essay question (LEQ)? Here's some tips for AP World, APUSH, and AP Euro!
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What were the Three Estates of France?

Prior to the French Revolution, France's social hierarchy comprised of three classes in the Old Regime.
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How Can I Be Efficient on the SBMCQs?

A guide for how those 55 multiple-choice questions can be managed.
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What US Presidents do I need to know about for APUSH?

The list of which presidents are important to know about for APUSH.
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How can I effectively answer all three of the SAQs?

These tips will hopefully help you fully answer the exam SAQs while giving you time to spare!
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What is the best way to take notes out of the American Pageant or AMSCO?

Whichever textbook you're using in APUSH, these simple tips can help you save time and hand cramps!
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How did Salutary Neglect lead to the American Revolution?

The self-governing policies of the American Colonies were some of the greatest reasons for starting a revolution, but why?
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What is the breakdown of the dates for the APUSH periods? Are they arbitrary?

The reason behind the period dates for APUSH.
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What do I need to know from Period 5 of APUSH?

Here's what you need to know about Period 5 of APUSH for the AP exam!
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What do I need to know from Period 4 of APUSH?

Here's all you need to know about Period 4 for APUSH.
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What were the causes that lead to the Civil War?

APUSH: Compromise of 1850, Abolition Movement, Missouri Compromise 1820, Lincoln, Free Soil Party, Bleeding Kansas, Dred Scott and more!
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How do I prepare for APUSH over the summer?

AP classes are difficult. It's important to get a jumpstart over the summer. Here are 5 tips students should known to prepare for APUSH!
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What do I need to know from Period 3 of APUSH?

APUSH: American revolution, taxes, Washington, John Adams, and some other major tea!
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What do I need to know from Period 2 of APUSH?

APUSH: Transatlantic/Triangular Trade, Differences and similarities between European Colonies, Mercantilism, and more!
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What were the effects of the Civil War?

APUSH: Reconstruction plans, the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments, black codes and sharecropping
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What were the first and second Great Awakenings in APUSH?

APUSH: The Great Awakenings were widespread religious reforms in the US involving public sermons and hype about living religiously.
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What do I need to know from Period 1 of APUSH?

APUSH: Columbian Exchange, Triangular Trade, and Similarities and Differences of Native American Cultures.
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