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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens when the rain stops?

2. Both blacks and Indians had been given freedom and citizenship by Spanish Florida causing problems between Spanish and ___________ America that would continue for more than one hundred years.

3. Menendez returned once more to Florida, this time with ___________ Jesuits.

4. Why did the Americans sign many treaties with the Indians?

5. Why did Carlos send another relative and two young Indians to Havana?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the Indian tribes now living in Florida.

2. How did the Indians react to the arrival of these Europeans?

3. How were the Native Americans treated by the European countries who sent out explorers? Why?

4. Why did Juan Ponce de Leon decide to leave Florida? What does this reveal about many explorers at this time?

5. What did Hernando de Soto govern? How well might he have governed? Why?

6. Describe the explorations of Christopher Columbus. How did inaccurate maps play a role in the discovery of the Americas?

7. How were the Indians affected by the arrival of the white man?

8. Describe the funeral customs of the Tekesta. Why might they have done this?

9. For how long was there peace in Florida? Why?

10. From where does the name 'Everglades' come? How is this similar to the Indian name? How are these names fitting for this region?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Attention was paid to the Everglades in the 1990s.

Part 1) Describe the attention paid to the protection of the Everglades prior to the 1990s. How did this attention change in the 1990s? Why did this attention and attitude regarding the Everglades change?

Part 2) Why was the Clinton administration so interested in protecting the Everglades? What does this interest in the environment reveal about the attitudes of those in the 1990s? Is this attitude still seen today? Why or why not?

Part 3) What is being done today to protect the Everglades and other environments and natural resources? Is this enough? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Canals were dredged in Florida.

Part 1) How did settlers change Florida's landscape over the centuries? Why did they begin dredging canals? How is this related to the settling of Florida?

Part 2) What else was being done to the Florida landscape at the same time canals were being dredged? Why? How did all of this activity begin to affect Florida?

Part 3) How are these activities still seen today? How has human activity all over the world affected our environments and our planet as a whole? How might this affect our world for future generations?

Essay Topic 3

It took many centuries for the white man to control Florida.

Part 1) Describe the arrival and settling of the white man. Why did he come to Florida? What challenges did he face? How did he deal with these challenges? Why did he react this way?

Part 2) Why did it take so long for the white man to finally take control of Florida? What does this reveal about Florida and the Native Americans who lived there?

Part 3) How has this interest in controlling Florida affected this state today? How has control played an important role in the colonization and settling of other regions of the world? How has all of this control over native peoples and their environments affected our world today? Is this good or bad? Why?

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