Colonial Mercantilism: Definition, History & Effects


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Mercantilism advocated attaining......

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1. According to mercantilism, which is better to have, exports or imports?

2. Which was an effect of mercantilism?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

In this quiz/worksheet combo, you'll be tested on the tenets and effects of colonial mercantilism. All of the quiz questions are multiple-choice.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

See how well you can answer questions about the following:

  • What mercantilism advocated attaining
  • Whether imports or exports are better, per mercantilism
  • Effect(s) of mercantilism
  • What principle of mercantilism the Spanish Crown supported in the 17th century
  • Why mercantilism was most beneficial to the mother country

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on colonial mercantilism
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the effects and principles of colonial mercantilism
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding imports and exports and balancing the two

Additional Learning

For further details on how European nations tried to acquire wealth from the 16th to 18th centuries, review the corresponding lesson titled Colonial Mercantilism: Definition, History & Effects. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Examine the four major rules of colonial mercantilism
  • Identify the effects that this practice had on mother countries and colonies
  • Differentiate between manufactured goods and natural resources