1. Does the American West have a different “culture” from the rest of America? If so, what distinguishes it from the culture of the rest of the country? 2. How did the Spanish in the Southwest organize their communities among the natives? What were their social interactions and the role of religion? 3. How did the introduction of the horse and gun impact the indigenous communities in the Great Plains or the Southwest? 4. Describe ways the Anasazi culture compared to other natives in the Southwest at the time of the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors? 5. Describe the role disease played in the early settlement of the American West? Is the view of the Spanish as especially harsh conquerors and explorers valid?