Student Map Activity
Major Terrorist Attacks Affecting Americans,
Americans have been the victims of terrorists for many years.
Hijackings, hostage-takings, and bombings happen around the
globe, perpetrated by many different groups. Most often, terrorist
attacks are committed by foreign groups outside of the United
States. This pattern varied in 1995 in Oklahoma City, and
again in 2001 when the nation suffered its worst terrorist
attack in history. The events of 2001 clearly showed how the
impact of a terrorist attack is not limited to its exact location.
Physical and psychological injuries radiate out from the site
and often affect people not originally targeted, such as when
hundreds of African people were killed when two U.S. embassies
in Africa were bombed. This map illustrates various terrorist
attacks against the United States over the last 30 years.
Details on each attack show the location of the event and
its death toll.
Map Download: Major
Terrorist Attacks Affecting Americans, 19702001
This download is in Portable Document Format (PDF) and requires
the free Adobe
Acrobat Reader to print or view.
Print and/or view the map. Read through the information on
the various attacks, and then answer the following questions.
- In what country were fifty-two Americans held hostage
for more than a year beginning in 1979?
- Before 2001, when was the World Trade Center previously
- List three events in which airplanes were used to commit
- What region has been the site of the greatest number of
terrorist attacks against Americans?
- Use library and Internet resources to find information
about the terrorists responsible for the attacks on September
11. Research to discover how some of the other attacks listed
on the map were likely committed by the same organization.
Compile your findings in a two-page report discussing the
events and the terrorists involved.