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Ch 1: European Colonies in North America (1497-1732)

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Watch short videos and learn about the European colonies established in North America between 1497 and 1732. Take quick quizzes to test your knowledge of this period of history.

European Colonies in North America (1497-1732) - Chapter Summary

Explore prominent places in the U.S. and learn about their origins and physical features in this chapter. Experienced instructors can help you study life in America before the Europeans arrived with videos on Native American history and pre-Columbian civilizations. You'll also take a look at the different colonies that were established in the new world, including Jamestown Colony, New France and New Sweden and Plymouth Rock. Colonies weren't just established in the northeast, so you'll also get a look at the southern colonies and settlements in between. After watching these videos, you'll be familiar with:

  • Origins of early residents of North America
  • Failed French and English colonies
  • The Puritans founding of New England colonies
  • New York, Delaware and New Jersey colonies
  • Life in the 13 colonies
  • Slave trade in colonial America
  • Economic and trade features of the colonies
  • Outside influences on the 13 colonies

Quickly master key concepts about European colonies in North America with the fun and fast video lessons used in this chapter. You'll learn from subject experts who provide engaging narration and animations to reinforce your understanding of the life and events of this period in North American history. Video tags let you refer back to main points in the videos without having to re-watch the entire lesson. You'll also find transcripts and quizzes with each lesson and a chapter exam to close out your study.

14 Lessons in Chapter 1: European Colonies in North America (1497-1732)
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Prominent Places in the U.S.

1. Prominent Places in the U.S.

Learn about the most prominent places in the United States, including both natural and human places. In this lesson, you'll discover important natural places like the Grand Canyon and human places like New York City.

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.

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.

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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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

12. 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

13. 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

14. 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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