Ch 2: Prentice Hall US History Chapter 2: Europeans Establish Colonies (1492-1752)

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The Europeans Establish Colonies chapter of this Prentice Hall US History Companion Course helps students learn the essential lessons associated with European colonization. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the Europeans Establish Colonies textbook chapter.

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  • Spanish explorers and colonies
  • The Northwest Passage
  • French-Indian relationships
  • North American settlements
  • The settlement of Jamestown
  • Southern and middle colonies
  • The Puritans
  • The life and accomplishments of William Penn

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9 Lessons in Chapter 2: Prentice Hall US History Chapter 2: Europeans Establish Colonies (1492-1752)
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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.

Las Casas, Valladolid Debate & Converting the New World

2. Las Casas, Valladolid Debate & Converting the New World

This lesson will focus on Las Casas, a Spanish priest who fought for the rights of the native inhabitants of the Americas. It will also highlight the New Laws of 1542 as well as the Valladolid debates.

French-Indian Relationships: Alliances & Trade

3. French-Indian Relationships: Alliances & Trade

This lesson examines the relationship between the French and the Native American tribes in the U.S. during the Fur Trade years and beyond. We'll discuss allies, enemies, wars and treaties.

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

4. 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

5. 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 Southern Colonies: Settlement and Growth

6. 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 Puritans and the Founding of the New England Colonies

7. 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.

Women in Puritan Society: Roles & Rights

8. Women in Puritan Society: Roles & Rights

Discover the roles and rights of women in Puritan society. Learn about the benefits and limitations of the Massachusetts Bay Colony founded by the Puritans and meet famous Puritan women like Anne Hutchinson and Anne Bradstreet.

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.

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