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Ch 1: CLEP Social Sciences and History: The US Colonial Period

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Watch these video lessons and explore the settlement and founding of the 13 colonies. At the end of each lesson, take the quiz to confirm you have mastered the material.

CLEP Social Sciences and History: The US Colonial Period - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Our experienced instructors will take you on a whirlwind tour of the 13 colonies: from exploration to the rise of slave trade in the new world. Travel up and down the coast to see what life was like in this new land and learn who settled in each of the colonies and why they came. As you complete the chapter, watch the videos then take the quizzes to see what you have learned. After finishing this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Detail the successes and failures of new world exploration
  • List the first settlements and the countries from which they came
  • Outline the settlement of the New England, middle and southern colonies
  • Describe daily life, the economy and the external influences in the colonial period
  • Explain the arrival and presence of African Americans in the colonies

Video Objective
North American Exploration and Failed Colonies of France and EnglandLearn about the success and failure of early European exploration.
First European Settlements of North AmericaUnderstand the first settlements and settlers in the new world.
The Puritans and the Founding of the New England ColoniesExamine the merger with Plymouth colony and the causes of the dissent that ultimately led to the formation of colonies of Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Connecticut.
The Southern Colonies: Settlement and GrowthLearn how Virginia, Maryland, the Carolinas and Georgia were settled - and why they were so very different from their northern counterparts.
The Middle Colonies: New York, Delaware, New Jersey and PennsylvaniaUnderstand the actions that lead to the formation and the success of these diverse middle colonies.
The 13 Colonies: Life, Economy and External InfluencesExplore the daily life, the growth and focus of the economy and the pressure of external influences on the new colonies.
Rise of Slave Trade: Black History in Colonial AmericaUnderstand the international slave trade and the role that African Americans played in in the colonial era - both as free men and slaves.

5 Lessons in Chapter 1: CLEP Social Sciences and History: The US Colonial Period
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
First European Settlements of North America

1. First European Settlements of North America

In this lesson, you will explore the first years of European colonization in North America as several nations attempted to establish their first colonial settlements. Then, you can test your understanding with a brief quiz.

The Puritans and the Founding of the New England Colonies

2. 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 Southern Colonies: Settlement and Growth

3. The Southern Colonies: Settlement and Growth

What led to the use of slavery and the creation of different colonies? In this lesson, learn about the unique purposes and patterns of settlement, growth and society in the southern colonies (Virginia, Maryland, the Carolinas, and Georgia).

The Middle Colonies: New York, Delaware, New Jersey & Pennsylvania

4. The Middle Colonies: New York, Delaware, New Jersey & Pennsylvania

Learn about the unique identity and diversity of the middle colonies that led America to be called a melting pot. English control of the middle colonies began with the takeover of New Netherland, from which all of the other middle colonies can trace their beginnings.

The 13 Colonies: Life, Economy & External Influences

5. The 13 Colonies: Life, Economy & External Influences

In this lesson, you will explore daily life and the economy of the 13 colonies. You will also discover the external influences that impacted colonial life. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

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