Ch 1: Early American Civilizations & Colonization

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Check out this online history chapter to get an overview of early American civilization and colonization. The chapter's lessons and quizzes can function as convenient test preparation resources, homework help tools, tutoring solutions and more.

Early American Civilizations & Colonization - Chapter Summary

If you need to review the history of early American civilizations and European colonization, you're in the right place. In this chapter, you'll review engaging and video lessons that cover pre-Columbian civilizations, as well as the colonization process of several European countries, including France, England, the Netherlands and Sweden. By the end of the chapter, you should be equipped to:

  • Recognize the effects that European colonization had on the Native Americans
  • Summarize the history of early Native Americans and the pre-Columbian civilization
  • Identify the failed colonies of England and France
  • Discuss early North American settlements, including New France, New Netherlands and New Sweden
  • Trace the rise of the slave trade in colonial America

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6 Lessons in Chapter 1: Early American Civilizations & Colonization
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Effects of European Colonization: Christopher Columbus and Native Americans

1. Effects of European Colonization: Christopher Columbus and Native Americans

The earliest explorers in the Western Hemisphere left a legacy that would shape the development of the Americas permanently. No matter what they came looking for, Europeans left behind death, horses, and metal.

Native American History: Origins of Early People in the Americas

2. Native American History: Origins of Early People in the Americas

Because the first humans and civilizations got their start in Africa and the Middle East, historians and anthropologists have had to figure out how Native Americans got to the Americas. In this lesson we look at the three prevailing theories of the earliest migration to the New World.

Pre-Columbian Civilization: North American Indians Before Europeans

3. Pre-Columbian Civilization: North American Indians Before Europeans

Watch this video for an overview of the cultural groups of Native Americans as they lived at the time of first contact with Europeans. Some of these groupings, like the tribes of the plains, changed so much due to the addition of European influences, such as horses, that there is only conjecture as to how exactly they lived before European contact.

North American Exploration & Failed Colonies of France & England

4. 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.

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

5. 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.

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.

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