Ch 5: Colonizing the New World & the Start of a New Nation

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Use this chapter to ensure you have a good grasp of the colonization of the New World and understand how the United States became a new nation. Fun lessons, short quizzes and a comprehensive practice exam with 24/7 accessibility make it easy for you to prepare for a test or assignment on the subject.

Colonizing the New World & the Start of a New Nation - Chapter Summary

Lessons in this chapter can help you get reacquainted with events that occurred during the colonization of the New World and development of the United States. Brush up on your knowledge of the settlements, failed and successful colonies, black history and the American Revolution among other topics. By the end of this chapter, you will be prepared to do the following:

  • Discuss the North American exploration and failed colonies of England and France
  • Share details about the Mayflower and settlements of Jamestown and Plymouth Rock
  • Show an understanding of the Puritans and founding of the New England colonies
  • Discuss the role of women in Colonial America and the rise of the slave trade
  • Describe the start of the Enlightenment in Europe and how it spread to America
  • Explain the causes and effects of the American Revolution
  • Provide details about the text, signers and legacy of the Declaration of Independence
  • Detail the influence George Washington had on the new United States government

The lessons in this chapter are available as videos that average about 8 minutes each and full transcripts you can print and add to your study guide covering the colonization of the New World and the start of a new nation. Videos also feature clickable timelines that let you skip to key topics, and transcripts allow you to highlight information and take notes right on your computer. With these lessons are multiple-choice quizzes designed to assess your knowledge of concepts covered. A chapter exam is also available to test your comprehension.

10 Lessons in Chapter 5: Colonizing the New World & the Start of a New Nation
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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.

The Mayflower and the Plymouth Rock Settlement

3. 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

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.

Role of Women in Colonial America

5. Role of Women in Colonial America

The men and women of Colonial America encountered many struggles. Read this lesson to discover more about the role women had in overcoming these struggles and shaping the American colonies.

Rise of Slave Trade: Black History in Colonial America

6. 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 American Enlightenment: Intellectual and Social Revolution

7. The American Enlightenment: Intellectual and Social Revolution

For a thousand years, Europe had been living in the Dark Ages until a series of philosophical, religious and scientific movements helped turn on the lights. The Enlightenment began in Europe, but quickly spread throughout America in the 1700s and helped set the stage for a revolution against British rule.

The American Revolution: Causes & Effects

8. The American Revolution: Causes & Effects

Find out what caused the American Revolution and discover the impact of this war on the rest of the world. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

The Declaration of Independence: Text, Signers and Legacy

9. The Declaration of Independence: Text, Signers and Legacy

After 12 years of tension and fighting, the colonists and their leaders were ready to declare themselves a new country, independent of Great Britain. This lesson examines the motives, the text, and the legacy of America's Declaration of Independence.

George Washington and the New United States Government

10. George Washington and the New United States Government

George Washington was the United States' first president. He knew everything he did would set the stage for future presidents of the country. A heavy weight was on his shoulders, and much of what he established in his two terms set the precedent for presidents today.

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