First European Settlements of North America


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1. What were French explorers like Jacques Cartier looking for in Canada?

2. What was one reason that the English at Jamestown had such a difficult first year?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

North American countries have been around for so long it may be difficult at this point to imagine a time when Europeans were only just getting here. This quiz and worksheet will go over important information about the first European settlers in North America. Some things you'll be tested on include causes of European settlement and difficulties settlers faced.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this quiz and worksheet you'll be tested on:

  • The reasons for European settlement of the Americas
  • The motivations of Jacques Cartier
  • Why the English at Jamestown had a hard first year
  • The differences between the Plymouth and Jamestown settlements
  • What was New Amsterdam known for

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the first European settlers in North America
  • Making connections - make sure you can understand connections between European settlements, economic needs, and natural resources in North America
  • Knowledge application - apply your knowledge of Lebensraum to answer questions about specific European colonies and why that area was colonized

Additional Learning

To learn more about early North American colonies, review the corresponding lesson on First European Settlements in North America. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • 16th Century Spanish colonies
  • French settlements
  • British settlements
  • Dutch settlements