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Ch 2: Settling North America: Help and Review

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The Settling North America chapter of this High School U.S. History Help and Review course is the simplest way to master colonial history. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of North America's settlement.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering high school U.S. history material will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to learn high school U.S. history. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding daily life and economic development in the 13 original colonies
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning history (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about North America's settlement
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra history learning resources

How it works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Settling North America chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Settling North America chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any North American settlement question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a North American settlement unit of a standard high school U.S. history course. Topics covered include:

  • North American exploration
  • The failed colonies of France and England
  • The settlement of Jamestown
  • New France, New Netherlands and New Sweden
  • The Mayflower and the Plymouth Rock settlement
  • The Puritans and the founding of the New England colonies
  • The Southern colonies' settlement and growth
  • The settlement of the Middle colonies
  • Black history in colonial America
  • The 13 colonies' economies and overseas trade
  • British policies influencing colonial America

17 Lessons in Chapter 2: Settling North America: Help and Review
North American Exploration & Failed Colonies of France & England

1. North American Exploration & Failed Colonies of France & England

Between 1497 and 1607, the rulers and leading citizens of European nations fought to establish their own empires in North America, as Spain had been doing for 100 years in South America. Learn about influential explorers and their failed attempts to establish their own New World colonies.

The Settlement of Jamestown Colony

2. 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.

New France, New Netherlands & New Sweden: North American Settlements

3. 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.

The Mayflower and the Plymouth Rock Settlement

4. The Mayflower and the Plymouth Rock Settlement

Find out how much you know about the Pilgrims and their voyage. In this lesson, you'll learn about the misplaced Plymouth Colony, its escaped indentured servants, and the Wampanoag Indians who saved their lives.

The Puritans and the Founding of the New England Colonies

5. 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.

The Southern Colonies: Settlement and Growth

6. 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).

The Middle Colonies: New York, Delaware, New Jersey & Pennsylvania

7. 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.

The 13 Colonies: Life in Early America

8. The 13 Colonies: Life in Early America

What was it like to live in America during the colonial period? Just like today, it depended where you were. Learn about the factors that categorized all of the American colonies, as well as the differences between the northern, middle and southern colonies.

Rise of Slave Trade: Black History in Colonial America

9. Rise of Slave Trade: Black History in Colonial America

In this lesson, you'll learn a little about the slave trade, the growth and characteristics of slavery in the colonial period - including laws regulating the institution and the population of free blacks in the English colonies.

The 13 Colonies: Developing Economy & Overseas Trade

10. The 13 Colonies: Developing Economy & Overseas Trade

England's intention had always been for the colonies to make them rich. The plan worked, but it became more difficult for England to make sure things stayed that way. And even with regulation, the colonies prospered, too.

The 13 Colonies: World Events that Influenced Colonial America

11. 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.

Headright System: Definition & History

12. Headright System: Definition & History

Imagine if you were given 50 acres of land for a person you sponsored to come to the United States! This sounds like it could turn out to be pretty profitable. Learn more about the definition and history of the headright system, and test your knowledge with a quiz.

King Philip's War of 1675: Summary, Results & Timeline

13. King Philip's War of 1675: Summary, Results & Timeline

The United States has been involved in many terrible wars. The deadliest war in American history, considering the number of people involved, happened 200 years before the Civil War. Learn here about King Philip's War of 1675.

Senator Joseph McCarthy: Biography, Facts & Timeline

14. Senator Joseph McCarthy: Biography, Facts & Timeline

What happens when a man makes baseless claims that can ruin lives. . . and everyone listens? Senator Joseph McCarthy, who rose to power during a period of anti-Communist hysteria, shows what a climate of accusation can allow.

The American Federation of Labor: Definition, Goals & History

15. The American Federation of Labor: Definition, Goals & History

In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the American Federation of Labor fought for better conditions for skilled workers. Learn about the challenges and triumphs of this workers' organization and test your understanding with a quiz.

The Kennewick Man: Discovery & Controversy

16. The Kennewick Man: Discovery & Controversy

On a July day in 1996, two young men stumbled on human remains along the Columbia River near Kennewick, Washington. Forensic testing discovered that the bones were more than 9,000 years old. A controversy arose about whether to allow scientists to investigate 'Kennewick Man' or allow Native Americans to rebury the bones.

Tillamook Indian Tribe: History & Overview

17. Tillamook Indian Tribe: History & Overview

Who are the Tillamook? In this lesson, we will see the origins of this small tribe in Northwest Oregon and examine the impacts of their encounters with American traders, explorers, and governors.

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