Headright System: Definition & History


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What was the name of the system that referred to a grant of land usually 50 acres given to settlers in the 13 colonies?

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1. The headright system began in what year?

2. Plantation owners benefited from the headright system when they transported this group of people while gaining large tracts of land?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

These assessments will help determine how much you know about the headright system used in the New World's British colonies. The questions focus on the key points presented in the related lesson.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz addresses the following topics:

  • Year in which the system began
  • How plantation owners benefited from the headright system
  • Where the headright system was created
  • Workers in Virginia

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related US history lesson
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about land allocation in the early colonies in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding where and when the headright system was created

Additional Learning

To learn more about this subject, review the corresponding lesson titled Headright System: Definition & History. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identifies the history of the headright system
  • Discusses who the new settlers were and other details of the system
  • Examines the profitability of slaves within the headright system