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North American Settlement & Colonies - Chapter Summary
Whether you know a little or a lot about the settlement and colonies of North America, this chapter can successfully improve your understanding. Study this subject with the help of top instructors who provide in-depth analyses of the middle and southern colonies, the Mayflower Compact, the 13 colonies and more. Watching our short video lessons will enable you to do the following:
- Discuss the successes and failures of the settlement of the Jamestown colony
- Describe New Sweden, New Netherlands and New France
- Summarize and share the history of the Mayflower Compact
- Explain who the Puritans were and discuss the founding of the New England colonies
- Share details about the settlement and growth of the southern colonies
- Detail how the middle colonies resulted in America being called a melting pot
- Explain the significance of the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut
- Provide details about world events that influenced the 13 colonies
This chapter offers flexibility you'll love if you have a busy schedule or want to customize your study of the settlement and colonies of North America. All the lessons in this chapter are available around-the-clock and can be accessed via any computer or mobile device with an Internet connection. Feel free to review the lessons in your sequence of choice, and revisit them as often as you'd like. Use the short quizzes and practice exam to check your understanding of this chapter and determine whether you're ready to take your test.
1. The Settlement of Jamestown Colony
In 1607, the London Company settled the colony of Jamestown. The settlers overcame many odds to become the first permanent, English settlement in North America. In this lesson, learn about the failures and successes of Jamestown before it was taken over by the Crown.
2. New France, New Netherlands & New Sweden: North American Settlements
Spain and England weren't the only European nations trying to establish colonies in the New World. The French had a foothold for more than a century, and the Dutch and Swedish fought for their own places in America.
3. Mayflower Compact: Definition, Summary & History
The Mayflower Compact was the first governing document in what is now the United States. It even helped establish the direct election of representatives in the colonies that eventually carried over to the new nation! Learn what the Compact was about and why it was necessary.
4. The Puritans and the Founding of the New England Colonies
Learn about the people and motives that led to the founding of Massachusetts Bay Colony, as well as the growth and internal dissent that led to the establishment of Rhode Island, Connecticut and New Hampshire.
5. The Southern Colonies: Settlement and Growth
What led to the use of slavery and the creation of different colonies? In this lesson, learn about the unique purposes and patterns of settlement, growth and society in the southern colonies (Virginia, Maryland, the Carolinas, and Georgia).
6. The Middle Colonies: New York, Delaware, New Jersey & Pennsylvania
Learn about the unique identity and diversity of the middle colonies that led America to be called a melting pot. English control of the middle colonies began with the takeover of New Netherland, from which all of the other middle colonies can trace their beginnings.
7. The Fundamental Orders of Connecticut: Definition, Summary & Significance
Learn how the Fundamental Orders distinguished Connecticut colonies from Massachusetts' governance and how the agreement encouraged Connecticut to declare itself the Constitution State.
8. The 13 Colonies: World Events that Influenced Colonial America
How come New York seems like part of the Northeast instead of a Middle colony? Where did the Amish come from? What gave colonists the idea that they had a right to representation when there was a king? What's the difference between England and Great Britain? If these were English colonies, how come so many Americans say they have Scottish or Scots-Irish ancestry? This lesson answers these questions and other mysteries of American history.
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