Ch 2: HiSET: Early American Colonies (1497-1732)

About This Chapter

Acquaint yourself with the main topics of early American colonization. The featured quizzes and video lessons cover information appearing on the HiSET Social Studies exam and serve to strengthen your grasp of it.

Early American Colonies (1497-1732) - Chapter Summary

This chapter's material provides you with coverage of major developments of early colonial America in a clear and effective style. Utilizing the available video lessons offers you another way to learn and boost retention of early colonial history. The content of this chapter's lessons includes the following topics:

  • Failed colonies of France and England
  • First European settlements in North America
  • Puritans and the New England colonies
  • Middle and southern colonies
  • The increasing slave trade
  • Economic differences between northern and southern colonies
  • Development of the 13 colonies and major geographic differences
  • Impact of world events on the colonies

Try some practice questions by taking quizzes after viewing the video lessons to receive a quick and informative self-assessment. Pinpoint definitions and key terms with the lesson transcripts and use the timeline to return to main parts of each video.

HiSET Social Studies Objectives

The HiSET is a high school equivalency exam available in several states. The HiSET Social Studies subtest's content draws on a range of disciplines that include history. The social studies subtest includes a total of 50 multiple-choice questions, with 38% of them covering history topics, which must be answered inside the time limit of 70 minutes. This chapter provides solid preparation for the test's included topics concerned with the early American colonies. Test takers may need to utilize reading passages, graphs and timelines to answer questions on the exam.

7 Lessons in Chapter 2: HiSET: Early American Colonies (1497-1732)
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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 Puritans and the Founding of the New England Colonies

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

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 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.

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