North American Exploration & Failed Colonies of France & England


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Which was NOT a motivation for French and English voyages to the Americas in the 16th century?

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1. Why did the European merchants and monarchs work so hard to find the Northwest Passage?

2. How was the fate of Giovanni da Verrazzano similar to that of John Cabot?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This worksheet and quiz set will help you gauge how much you know about the European explorers who set out for North America, and their failed attempts to colonize. Passing the quiz requires you to be familiar with topics such as Sir Francis Drake and the reasons for French and English exploration during the 16th century.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Assess your understanding of these topics using the quiz and worksheet:

  • Raleigh Gilbert
  • Jacques Cartier
  • Sir Francis Drake
  • Roanoke Colony

Skills Practiced

These assessment resources allow you to practice the following skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the Roanoke Colony and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about Jacques Cartier
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you gained regarding the life of Sir Francis Drake

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the lesson titled North American Exploration & Failed Colonies of France & England. It covers these objectives:

  • Understand the relationship between mercantilism and exploration of North America
  • Identify the roles of John Cabot, Giovanni da Verrazzano, and Jacques Cartier in early exploration
  • Recognize how Sir Francis Drake and England's conflict with Spain influenced exploration and colonization
  • Discover Walter Raleigh's attempt at colonization with Roanoke
  • Explore the relationship between Raleigh Gilbert and the Popham colony