Ch 1: European Exploration & Colonization in America

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This chapter was developed to improve knowledge of European exploration and colonization in America. Lessons cover life in early America, government systems in the colonies, and the reason Europeans sailed to America.

European Exploration & Colonization in America - Chapter Summary

This chapter looks at European exploration and colonization in America. Lessons discuss early North American settlements, the 13 colonies and other topics, including:

  • The Plymouth Rock settlement
  • Colonial development of an economy and overseas trade
  • Events in the world that influenced colonial America
  • Summary of the Mayflower Compact
  • Importance of the Virginia House of Burgesses
  • Definition and significance of the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut

Lessons are short which makes it easy to make progress on these studies by logging in from any location with a mobile device and completing one or a few lessons. A self-assessment quiz can serve as a gauge of students' understanding of the material.

10 Lessons in Chapter 1: European Exploration & Colonization in America
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The Old World and New World: Why Europeans Sailed to the Americas

1. The Old World and New World: Why Europeans Sailed to the Americas

This lesson will focus on the Age of Exploration. It will explain the main reasons why Europeans explored the New World. It will highlight their spirit of adventure, the religious desire to see natives converted, and the chance to acquire wealth.

First European Settlements of North America

2. First European Settlements of North America

In this lesson, you will explore the first years of European colonization in North America as several nations attempted to establish their first colonial settlements. Then, you can test your understanding with a brief quiz.

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 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.

Systems of Government in the Thirteen Colonies

5. Systems of Government in the Thirteen Colonies

The 13 colonies each had their own systems of government, but all of them worked in similar ways. Explore the various systems of colonial government, and test your understanding with a brief quiz.

The 13 Colonies: Developing Economy & Overseas Trade

6. 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

7. 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.

Mayflower Compact: Definition, Summary & History

8. Mayflower Compact: Definition, Summary & History

The Mayflower Compact was the first governing document in what is now the United States. It even helped establish the direct election of representatives in the colonies that eventually carried over to the new nation! Learn what the Compact was about and why it was necessary.

Virginia House Of Burgesses: Definition & Importance

9. Virginia House Of Burgesses: Definition & Importance

The Virginia House of Burgesses was the first legislative body in British North America. Learn about the creation of the House, the House's growing power, and how the House of Burgesses led to the American Revolution in this lesson.

The Fundamental Orders of Connecticut: Definition, Summary & Significance

10. The Fundamental Orders of Connecticut: Definition, Summary & Significance

Learn how the Fundamental Orders distinguished Connecticut colonies from Massachusetts' governance and how the agreement encouraged Connecticut to declare itself the Constitution State.

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