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Ch 2: American History Before the Revolution

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Reinforce what you know or learn new facts about pre-Revolution America using this short but detailed chapter. This is a great resource you can use to support your history class studies, prepare for class tests or get ready to sit for professional certification or other exams.

American History Before the Revolution - Chapter Summary

From early Native American cultures to the development of the 13 colonies, this chapter will review important events and aspects of America prior to the Revolution. You will study information about the English settling in North America, the reaction of Native Americans to early settlers and Plymouth Rock.

You can also learn more about the Puritans and different colonies, such as the Massachusetts Bay Colony and Jamestown Colony. After completing this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Explain what led Europeans to explore and settle in America
  • Describe the cultures and lifestyles of different Native American tribes
  • Discuss how Native Americans interacted with European settlers
  • Provide details about the Jamestown Colony
  • Give facts about the history of the Powhatan Confederacy
  • Detail the voyage of the Mayflower and its settlement at Plymouth Rock
  • Discuss the Massachusetts Bay Colony and the formation of New Hampshire, Connecticut and Rhode Island
  • Outline the economic growth and trade practices of the 13 colonies

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8 Lessons in Chapter 2: American History Before the Revolution
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The Old World and New World: Why Europeans Sailed to the Americas

1. The Old World and New World: Why Europeans Sailed to the Americas

This lesson will focus on the Age of Exploration. It will explain the main reasons why Europeans explored the New World. It will highlight their spirit of adventure, the religious desire to see natives converted, and the chance to acquire wealth.

Early Native American Cultures in North America

2. Early Native American Cultures in North America

The North American continent was home to millions of people before the arrival of Europeans, leading to the development of many unique cultures and lifestyles. In this lesson we'll explore a few prominent nations across the continent.

Cultural & Economic Interactions Between Native Americans & Europeans

3. Cultural & Economic Interactions Between Native Americans & Europeans

As Europeans explored and settled in North America, one of the great cultural and economic exchanges in world history began. In this lesson we will learn how Amerinds and Europeans interacted in the 16th and 17th centuries.

The Settlement of Jamestown Colony

4. The Settlement of Jamestown Colony

In 1607, the London Company settled the colony of Jamestown. The settlers overcame many odds to become the first permanent, English settlement in North America. In this lesson, learn about the failures and successes of Jamestown before it was taken over by the Crown.

Powhatan Confederacy: Definition & History

5. Powhatan Confederacy: Definition & History

The Powhatan Confederacy was a group of Native American tribes during the 17th century that settled in Virginia. Learn how they rose in power under Powhatan, how they reacted to English colonists at Jamestown, and how they ended up in decline.

The Mayflower and the Plymouth Rock Settlement

6. The Mayflower and the Plymouth Rock Settlement

Find out how much you know about the Pilgrims and their voyage. In this lesson, you'll learn about the misplaced Plymouth Colony, its escaped indentured servants, and the Wampanoag Indians who saved their lives.

The Puritans and the Founding of the New England Colonies

7. The Puritans and the Founding of the New England Colonies

Learn about the people and motives that led to the founding of Massachusetts Bay Colony, as well as the growth and internal dissent that led to the establishment of Rhode Island, Connecticut and New Hampshire.

The 13 Colonies: Developing Economy & Overseas Trade

8. The 13 Colonies: Developing Economy & Overseas Trade

England's intention had always been for the colonies to make them rich. The plan worked, but it became more difficult for England to make sure things stayed that way. And even with regulation, the colonies prospered, too.

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