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Ch 21: MTTC History: Exploration & Colonization of the Americas

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We can help you review your knowledge of the early exploration and colonization of the Americas. Our video lessons and self-assessment quizzes combine to give you several ways to refresh your memory on these subjects before you take the MTTC History exam.

MTTC History: Exploration & Colonization of the Americas - Chapter Summary

Use the lessons in this chapter as an aid to refreshing your recollection of exploration of the New World and American colonization before you take the MTTC History Exam. Here are the topics that our videos cover for you:

  • The European exploration of the Americas
  • The Spanish and Portuguese explorers
  • Conquistadors and the Encomienda System
  • The Aztecs' rise and fall
  • Jamestown
  • Failed colonies of France and England
  • North American settlements
  • Settlement of the Southern colonies
  • The middle colonies
  • Economies and trade issues in the 13 colonies
  • Absolute monarchy

Our short and engaging video lessons are led by experienced instructors who review all aspects of exploration and colonization of the Americas, so you will be prepared for the test. By using different didactic strategies, including quizzes, an exam and video lessons, we make it easier for you to absorb the material efficiently and easily.

Objectives of the MTTC History: Exploration & Colonization of the Americas Chapter

The MTTC History exam evaluates your knowledge and understanding of world and American history through the ages. Your score is used to determine your eligibility for a teacher's license in the state of Michigan. The topics in this chapter will be asked about in the World History objective, which makes up 33% of the test questions. By taking the self-assessment quizzes that accompany each video lesson, you can check on your comprehension of the material and also gain experience with the type of questions you may expect to find on the actual exam.

All of the 100 questions on the exam are multiple-choice. You will read a passage or question and then review several possible answer choices, selecting the single correct choice.

13 Lessons in Chapter 21: MTTC History: Exploration & Colonization of the Americas
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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.

Great Explorers of Spain and Portugal: Aims & Discoveries

2. 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.

Mapping the World, Seaborne Commerce & Piracy

3. 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.

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.

The Rise of the Aztecs

5. The Rise of the Aztecs

In this lesson, you will explore the rise of the great Mesoamerican civilization, the Aztec Empire. Then, you will be able to test your understanding about Aztec history with a brief quiz.

The Defeat of the Aztecs

6. The Defeat of the Aztecs

In this lesson, you will explore the defeat of the powerful Aztec Empire, and then test your understanding about the Aztecs, the Spanish conquest of Mexico, and empires in Central America.

Jamestown: Conflict in the New World

7. Jamestown: Conflict in the New World

This lesson focuses on the settlement of Jamestown and the conflicts that occurred between the native populations and the English settlers. While exploring this topic, it will highlight England's response to the troubles that plagued the settlement.

North American Exploration & Failed Colonies of France & England

8. 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

9. 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 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).

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

11. 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: Developing Economy & Overseas Trade

12. 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.

Absolute Monarchy: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

13. Absolute Monarchy: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

During the 17th century, Europe experienced economics crises, religious wars, and civil unrest. Absolute monarchy was but one response to the search for a more ordered society. In this lesson, learn the definition, characteristics and prime historic examples of absolutism.

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