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- North American exploration
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1. North American Exploration & Failed Colonies of France & England
European nations fought to establish their own empires in North America. Learn about their motivations for exploring, key people involved and the places they explored, and the failed colonies of France and England.
2. 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.
3. New France, New Netherlands & New Sweden: North American Settlements
Several European nations tried to establish colonies in America including France, the Netherlands, and Sweden. Explore the early colonies in North America, what they succeed in, how they eventually fell, and who took over.
4. 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.
5. The Puritans and the Founding of the New England Colonies
The Puritans helped found the New England colonies. Learn about the Puritans and their role in developing the New England colonies, including the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Explore the lives of some of the New England colonies' leaders such as John Winthrop, Roger Williams, Anne Hutchinson, and Thomas Hooker. Understand the roles that the Puritans and each of these leaders played in forming the colonies of Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New Hampshire.
6. The Southern Colonies: Settlement and Growth
Between the 1600s and 1700s, the southern colonies were settled and experienced growth over time. Discover how these colonies formed and changed, and learn about Nathaniel Bacon, Cecil Calvert, and James Oglethorpe and their impact on the colonies.
7. The Middle Colonies: New York, Delaware, New Jersey & Pennsylvania
New York, Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania were known as the Middle Colonies. Find out how New Netherland became New York, how New Jersey began, and what William Penn had to do with the formation of Pennsylvania and Delaware.
8. The 13 Colonies: Life in Early America
This lesson explores what life in Early America was like in the northern, southern, and middle colonies. Some defining aspects of this time include increased population, King Phillip's War, Salem Witch Trials, plantations, and the printing press.
9. Rise of the Slave Trade: Black History in Colonial America
Black history in Colonial American began with the slave trade. This lesson covers the triangular trade, the Middle Passage, Phillis Wheatley, task systems, slave codes, and Black people's different experiences in the northern and southern colonies.
10. The 13 Colonies: Developing Economy & Overseas Trade
England relied heavily on trade and for a while, the new colonies traded exclusively with England. Explore mercantilism, colonial economics, economic regulations imposed by the British, and how colonials responded.
11. The 13 Colonies: World Events that Influenced Colonial America
Many world events influenced colonial America. Explore the restoration of the English monarchy, who created the Dominion of New England, what effect the Glorious Revolution had on the American colonies, and how conflict in Europe fueled immigration to America.
12. Virginia House Of Burgesses: Definition & Importance
The first legislative and democratic government in America was the Virginia House of Burgesses. Explore and define the history, importance, creation, and power of the House of Burgesses, as well as the road that led to the American Revolution because of it.
13. Lord Baltimore Biography
Lord Baltimore is a title held by two men responsible for the establishment of Maryland. Explore the lives and legacies of both men with brief biographies and a look at the Maryland Toleration Act established by the second Lord Baltimore.
14. Plymouth Colony: History, Facts & Religion
The Plymouth Colony was established by a group of European pilgrims who were religious separatists. Explore about the facts and history of the Plymouth Colony, the religion of the Pilgrims, the rough beginning and life in the colony, and the first Thanksgiving.
15. Plymouth Rock: History & Overview
Plymouth Rock is a storied rock that is claimed to be the landing spot of the Pilgrims when they arrived in Massachusetts. Learn the history of Plymouth Rock and how it has been preserved at the Pilgrim Memorial State Park.
16. Sir Francis Drake, Explorer: Route, Timeline & Voyage
Sir Francis Drake was an explorer and knight who circumnavigated the world. Learn about Sir Francis Drake and his knighthood, voyage timeline, his route and circumnavigation of the Earth, and Drake's later exploits.
17. Spanish Moors in American History
The Moors were Muslim settlers best known for their expansion into the Iberian Peninsula of modern-day Spain. This lesson reviews the fascinating historical legacy of Moorish expansion into America.
18. Spectral Evidence in the Salem Witch Trials: Definition & Overview
Mass hysteria and the fear of witches were the catalyst for the Salem Witch Trials. Explore the definition of the trials with an overview of spectral evidence.
19. The Lost Colony of Roanoke: Mystery, Theories & History
In the late 16th century, about 150 colonists were living in Roanoke, Virginia, when their leader, John White, left to London for supplies and returned to find it deserted. Explore the history of Roanoke and theories that attempt to explain the mystery of the colony's disappearance.
20. The Pilgrims: Definition, Plymouth & Overview
The Pilgrims were a group of extremist Puritan settlers who fled England after breaking ties with the church. Understand the definition of Pilgrims, read about their establishment of Plymouth, and study an overview of the Mayflower Compact.
21. Trial of Anne Hutchinson: History, Significance & Timeline
Anne Hutchinson was a Puritan religious leader who lived in the 1600s. She believed that one could only know God through an internal relationship, which contrasted with the majority view of the Puritan ministers of Massachusetts. Investigate Anne Hutchinson's journey to America, her beliefs, her historical significance, her 1637 trial, and her eventual banishment from the state of Massachusetts in 1638.
22. Virginia Company: Charter, Definition & History
Created by King James I, the Virginia Company established two settlements, Plymouth and Jamestown. Discover more about the Virginia Company, including its charter and history.
23. Virginia Dare: Facts & History
Virginia Dare is believed to have been the first child of European descent born in America, on Roanoke Island in 1587. Learn about Virginia Dare's parents and the life in the small Roanoke Colony and speculate about the fate of Virginia Dare and the other colonists who mysteriously disappeared.
24. Virtual Representation: Definition & History
In colonial America, Great Britain claimed that it had virtual representation of the people living in the colonies, even though they had not been allowed to vote for members of Parliament. Explore the definition and history of virtual representation. Review the background in the Stamp Act, colonial resistance, and virtual representation's outcome and effect to understand how this theory affected the colonists.
25. Wampanoag Tribe: People, History & Role in First Thanksgiving
The Wampanoag Tribe was instrumental in the survival of the Pilgrims. Discover the Wampanoag Tribe and their culture, examine the impact of European diseases and colonization on the tribe, and learn about their participation in the First Thanksgiving.
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