Ch 2: History Alive Chapter 2: European Exploration & Settlement

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The European Exploration & Settlement chapter of this TCI History Alive The United States Through Industrialism Companion Course helps students learn the essential lessons associated with European exploration and settlement. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the European Exploration & Settlement textbook chapter.

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Students will learn:

  • Reasons why Europeans traveled to the New World
  • Well-known mapmakers during the Age of Exploration
  • Spanish and Portuguese explorers
  • The conquistadors' encomienda system
  • The failed colonization attempts of France and England
  • The areas that New France and New Netherland covered
  • Issues the English faced in Jamestown
  • The place where the Mayflower initially landed
  • The history of the colony of Roanoke

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8 Lessons in Chapter 2: History Alive Chapter 2: European Exploration & Settlement
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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.

Mapping the World, Seaborne Commerce & Piracy

2. Mapping the World, Seaborne Commerce & Piracy

This lesson will focus on the improvement of maps, the growth of seaborne commerce, and the piracy that occurred during the Age of Exploration. It will also highlight the famous Sea Dogs of England.

Great Explorers of Spain and Portugal: Aims & Discoveries

3. Great Explorers of Spain and Portugal: Aims & Discoveries

This lesson will focus on the New World explorations of Spain and Portugal. It will list explorers from both of these countries while also highlighting the motivations behind European exploration.

Conquistadors and Encomienda System: Definition & Savaging of the New World

4. Conquistadors and Encomienda System: Definition & Savaging of the New World

This lesson will discuss the conquistadors of the New World. It will highlight Hernan Cortes and Francisco Pizarro. It will also explain the encomienda system and its impact on the native populations.

North American Exploration & Failed Colonies of France & England

5. 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

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 Settlement of Jamestown Colony

7. 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

8. 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.

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