The 13 Colonies: Life, Economy & External Influences


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How unified were the 13 Colonies with each other?

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1. What did most colonial families own that they probably could not have owned in Britain?

2. In a mercantilist system, who is responsible for what?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

As big as the United States is today, it arose from only 13 original British colonies in North America. You can learn more about these original 13 colonies with this online lesson. Once you've read through the lesson, you can test your understanding of things like mercantilism and the reasons for colonialism with the attached quiz.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

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

  • The relationships between the colonies
  • Reasons for colonialism
  • The mercantilist system
  • The relationship between Britain and the colonies
  • The Enlightenment

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - make sure you can recall crucial information about the 13 British North American colonies and the relevant cultural and intellectual trends of the time
  • Making connections - make connections between the Enlightenment, political issues, and the historical development of the colonies
  • Reading comprehension - draw information about the 13 colonies, why people moved to them, and their relationship with Britain

Additional Learning

To learn more about original American colonies, review the corresponding lesson on The 13 Colonies: Life, Economy & External Influences. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • The colonies
  • Colonial life
  • The economies of the colonies
  • External influences on the colonies