Ch 17: Colonial Governments & Economies

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Study information in these lessons on colonial governments and economies. Take the self-assessment quizzes following each lesson to gauge your understanding of the topics.

Colonial Governments & Economies - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, our instructors explain information about colonial governments and economies. You will learn about topics such as the Mayflower Compact and the Jamestown colony. This chapter will also go over the following subjects:

  • Creation of the House of Burgesses
  • Three forms of colonial government
  • Role of the Mayflower Compact
  • Information about the people who founded the colonies
  • Failures and successes of Jamestown
  • Differences between colonies in the Northern, Middle and Southern regions
  • Trading with England
  • Characteristics of the slave trade

All of the topics that are listed above will be presented to you in either text or video format. The lessons are taught by our professional and knowledgeable instructors who designed these lessons to be engaging, fun and easy-to-understand. Quizzes will be provided for you to test your knowledge of the lessons. Furthermore, there is also a chapter exam as well. This will test you on all of the information that was studied throughout the chapter to give you a comprehensive way to test your knowledge before moving forward.

8 Lessons in Chapter 17: Colonial Governments & Economies
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Virginia House Of Burgesses: Definition & Importance

1. Virginia House Of Burgesses: Definition & Importance

The Virginia House of Burgesses was the first legislative body in British North America. Learn about the creation of the House, the House's growing power, and how the House of Burgesses led to the American Revolution in this lesson.

Colonial Government Forms: Charter, Proprietary & Royal Colonies

2. Colonial Government Forms: Charter, Proprietary & Royal Colonies

In this lesson, we will study the three forms of colonial American government: charter, proprietary, and royal colonies. We'll define each and also explore the similarities and differences between them.

Mayflower Compact: Definition, Summary & History

3. Mayflower Compact: Definition, Summary & History

The Mayflower Compact was the first governing document in what is now the United States. It even helped establish the direct election of representatives in the colonies that eventually carried over to the new nation! Learn what the Compact was about and why it was necessary.

The Puritans and the Founding of the New England Colonies

4. 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 Settlement of Jamestown Colony

5. 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.

The 13 Colonies: Life in Early America

6. The 13 Colonies: Life in Early America

What was it like to live in America during the colonial period? Just like today, it depended where you were. Learn about the factors that categorized all of the American colonies, as well as the differences between the northern, middle and southern colonies.

The 13 Colonies: Developing Economy & Overseas Trade

7. 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.

Rise of Slave Trade: Black History in Colonial America

8. Rise of Slave Trade: Black History in Colonial America

In this lesson, you'll learn a little about the slave trade, the growth and characteristics of slavery in the colonial period - including laws regulating the institution and the population of free blacks in the English colonies.

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