Ch 14: North America & the 13 Colonies

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North America & the 13 Colonies - Chapter Summary

You'll find a series of easy-to-understand video lessons in this chapter outlining the 13 Colonies and North America. Topics covered include the failed colonies of England and France and how the 13 Colonies developed overseas trade. Once you complete these lessons, you should be able to:

  • Detail the exploration of North America
  • Outline the North American settlements of New Sweden, New Netherlands and New France
  • Discuss life in early America
  • Explain the rise of the slave trade and black history in colonial America
  • Describe the developing economy of the colonies
  • Understand the world events that influenced colonial America

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6 Lessons in Chapter 14: North America & the 13 Colonies
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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.

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

2. 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 13 Colonies: Life in Early America

3. 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

4. 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: Developing Economy & Overseas Trade

5. 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

6. 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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