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Old map of USA: ancient and historical map of USA

You can find on this page the old map of USA to print and to download in PDF. The ancient USA map presents the past and evolutions of the country USA in Americas.

Ancient USA map

The ancient map of USA shows evolutions of USA. This historical map of USA will allow you to travel in the past and in the history of USA in Americas. The USA ancient map is downloadable in PDF, printable and free.

The pre-Columbian era incorporates all ancient period subdivisions in the history and prehistory of the Americas before the appearance of significant European influences on the American continents, spanning the time of the original settlement in the Upper Paleolithic period to European colonization during the Early Modern period as its mentioned in the Ancient USA map. While technically referring to the era before Christopher Columbus voyages of 1492 to 1504, in practice the term usually includes the history of American indigenous cultures until they were conquered or significantly influenced by Europeans, even if this happened decades or even centuries after Columbus initial landing.

After a period of exploration by people from various European countries, Spanish, Dutch, English, French, Swedish, and Portuguese settlements were established. In the 16th century, Europeans brought horses, cats, cattle, and hogs to the Americas and, in turn, took back to Europe maize, turkey, potatoes, tobacco, beans, and squash. The disease environment was very unhealthy for explorers and early settlers. Spanish explorers were the second Europeans (Leif Ericson being the first as you can see in the Ancient USA map) to arrive in what is now the USA with Christopher Columbus second expedition, which reached Puerto Rico on November 19, 1493; others reached Florida in 1513. Quickly Spanish expeditions reached the Appalachian Mountains, the Mississippi River, the Grand Canyon and the Great Plains.

The strip of the ancient land along the eastern seacoast was settled primarily by English colonists in the 17th century, along with much smaller numbers of Dutch and Swedes as its shown in the Ancient USA map. Colonial America was defined by a severe labor shortage that employed forms of unfree labor such as slavery and indentured servitude, and by a British policy of benign neglect (salutary neglect) that permitted the development of an American spirit distinct from that of its European founders. Over half of all European immigrants to Colonial America arrived as indentured servants. The first successful English colony was established in 1607, on the James River at Jamestown.