Ch 17: History of Our World Chapter 17: Exploration: Europe, the Americas, and Africa

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The Exploration: Europe, the Americas and Africa chapter of this Prentice Hall History of Our World Textbook Companion Course helps students learn the essential lessons associated with the exploration of Europe, the Americas and Africa. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the Exploration: Europe, the Americas and Africa textbook chapter.

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Students will learn about:

  • New Spain and its colonies
  • Francisco Pizarro
  • The Central and South American colonies
  • Failed colonies of England and France
  • Settlements of North America
  • Jamestown Colony
  • The Plymouth Rock settlement
  • The New England, middle, and southern colonies
  • Slave trade in Colonial America

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11 Lessons in Chapter 17: History of Our World Chapter 17: Exploration: Europe, the Americas, and Africa
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New Spain: Spanish Explorers and Spanish Colonies

1. New Spain: Spanish Explorers and Spanish Colonies

Who are the most well-known explorers and conquistadors of the New World? In this lesson, we'll look at some of the most infamous explorers. We'll discover the difference between explorers and conquistadors, and then learn about the encomienda system.

Francisco Pizarro: Route & Facts

2. Francisco Pizarro: Route & Facts

In this lesson we meet one of the most well-known explorers: Spanish conquistador (conqueror) Francisco Pizarro, who defeated the powerful Inca Empire of South America.

Colonies in Central & South America

3. Colonies in Central & South America

Spanish and Portuguese colonies in Central and South America were primarily moneymaking ventures, centered largely around the production of sugar and the mining of silver. This lesson explains the many consequences of European success in colonizing Central and South America.

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.

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

5. 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

6. 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

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 Middle Colonies: New York, Delaware, New Jersey & Pennsylvania

9. 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 Southern Colonies: Settlement and Growth

10. 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).

Rise of Slave Trade: Black History in Colonial America

11. 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.

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