Ch 2: Early North American Settlements

About This Chapter

The Early North American Settlements chapter of this American History to 1877 Study Guide course is the most efficient way to study events and people from that time period in American history. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus includes lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you understand the essential concepts associated with Early North American Settlements.

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Students Will Review:

This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about Early North American Settlements for a standard American history course. Topics covered include:

  • Jamestown
  • Plymouth Rock and the Mayflower
  • New England Colonies and the Puritans
  • The 13 original colonies
  • Beginnings of slave trade

11 Lessons in Chapter 2: Early North American Settlements
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The Settlement of Jamestown Colony

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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 13 Colonies: Life in Early America

4. 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.

Rise of Slave Trade: Black History in Colonial America

5. 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.

Why Are Barns Painted Red?

6. Why Are Barns Painted Red?

Why do so many farmers paint their barns red? It's one of life's enduring mysteries, but today we're going to find the answer, and talk about how this reflects American colonial history.

Cactus Hill, Virginia: Settlement & Discovery

7. Cactus Hill, Virginia: Settlement & Discovery

The discovery of Cactus Hill has had a dramatic impact on our understanding of how the Americas were first settled many millennia ago. In this lesson we'll take a closer look at Cactus Hill and see what it means for archaeology.

The Kwakiutl of the Northwest: Facts, Culture & Daily Life

8. The Kwakiutl of the Northwest: Facts, Culture & Daily Life

Several diverse cultures have inhabited the Pacific coast of North America. In this lesson, we'll explore the traditions and lives of the Kwakiutl and see what life looked life along the coast before the arrival of Europeans.

The Lakota of the Plains: Facts, Culture & Daily Life

9. The Lakota of the Plains: Facts, Culture & Daily Life

When one thinks about the Native Tribes of the Great Plains, chances are images of the Sioux come to mind and, possibly, their great victory over Custer at Little Big Horn. This lesson examines the proud history and culture of the Lakota Sioux people.

The Pueblo of the Southwest: Facts, Culture & Daily Life

10. The Pueblo of the Southwest: Facts, Culture & Daily Life

As one of the only Native American people to remain on their ancient homelands, the Pueblo people have a rich culture based on agriculture and religious beliefs. This lesson explores where they lived, how they lived, and how they got the name Pueblo in the first place.

Primary Source: The Mayflower Compact

11. Primary Source: The Mayflower Compact

Perhaps the most famous ship in American history, the Mayflower delivered Puritan English settlers to the eastern coast of Massachusetts in 1620. This began the first colonization of New England.

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