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Ch 34: Colonial Settlements & Battles in North America (1497-1732)

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Watch these videos to brush up on information about the early days of European settlement in North America. Find out about the first countries to lay claims, the 13 Colonies and the economy of those colonies.

Colonial Settlements & Battles in North America (1497-1732) - Chapter Summary

Use this chapter's lesson to refresh your knowledge of North American settlement prior to the American Revolution. Explore failed colonies of England and France, settlements from Sweden and The Netherlands and the establishment of the New England colonies.

Our instructors also show you the significance of Bacon's Rebellion. You can find out more about slavery and black history in the colonies and examine the economy of the time. After watching these lessons, you should know about:

  • The settlement of Jamestown
  • The Puritans and the establishment of the New England colonies
  • The Southern and Middle Atlantic colonies
  • Life in the 13 British colonies
  • Causes and impact of Bacon's Rebellion
  • Black history in the colonies
  • Overseas trade
  • World events that influenced the colonies

You can watch these lessons whenever your schedule permits, on a smartphone, tablet or computer. Our instructors make the videos informative and enjoyable, and they're available to answer any questions you may have. Short multiple-choice quizzes accompany each lesson, allowing you to check your knowledge and see where you might require extra study.

12 Lessons in Chapter 34: Colonial Settlements & Battles in North America (1497-1732)
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North American Exploration & Failed Colonies of France & England

1. North American Exploration & Failed Colonies of France & England

Between 1497 and 1607, the rulers and leading citizens of European nations fought to establish their own empires in North America, as Spain had been doing for 100 years in South America. Learn about influential explorers and their failed attempts to establish their own New World colonies.

The Settlement of Jamestown Colony

2. 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.

New France, New Netherlands & New Sweden: North American Settlements

3. New France, New Netherlands & New Sweden: North American Settlements

Spain and England weren't the only European nations trying to establish colonies in the New World. The French had a foothold for more than a century, and the Dutch and Swedish fought for their own places in America.

The Mayflower and the Plymouth Rock Settlement

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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 in Early America

8. 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.

Bacon's Rebellion: Summary, Causes & Significance

9. Bacon's Rebellion: Summary, Causes & Significance

One hundred years before the American Revolution, seeds of rebellion against royal authority were planted in Virginia. Some historians point to Bacon's rebellion as the original seed of such revolution.

Rise of Slave Trade: Black History in Colonial America

10. 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.

The 13 Colonies: Developing Economy & Overseas Trade

11. 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.

The 13 Colonies: World Events that Influenced Colonial America

12. The 13 Colonies: World Events that Influenced Colonial America

How come New York seems like part of the Northeast instead of a Middle colony? Where did the Amish come from? What gave colonists the idea that they had a right to representation when there was a king? What's the difference between England and Great Britain? If these were English colonies, how come so many Americans say they have Scottish or Scots-Irish ancestry? This lesson answers these questions and other mysteries of American history.

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