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- The failed colonies of France and England
- French, Dutch and Swedish settlements
- The settlement of Jamestown and Plymouth Rock
- The founding of the New England colonies
- Settlement and growth in the Southern colonies
- The settlement of the Middle colonies
- Life in early America
- The rise of the slave trade
- Colonial American economies
- British policy affecting colonial America
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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).
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. John Cabot, Explorer: Voyage, Facts & Accomplishments
Meet John Cabot, one of the earliest explorers of the New World. Discover how Cabot and his son explored the Canadian coastline for the British in search of the Northwest Passage, a water route to Asia.
13. John Rolfe: Marriage to Pocahontas & Timeline
John Rolfe is best known as the husband of Pocahontas, but he is also an interesting historical character in his own right. This lesson will discuss Rolfe's marriage to Pocahontas but also offer a timeline that will highlight other aspects of Rolfe's life.
14. Joint-Stock Company: Definition, History & Examples
Joint-stock companies were successful institutions for managing business and trade in early modern Europe. Some of the more influential joint-stock companies were so successful they waged wars, conquered continents and evolved into global empires.
15. Mayflower Compact: Definition, Summary & History
The Mayflower Compact was the first governing document in what is now the United States. It even helped establish the direct election of representatives in the colonies that eventually carried over to the new nation! Learn what the Compact was about and why it was necessary.
16. Mayflower Voyage: History & Facts
This lesson discusses the voyage of the 'Mayflower.' Learn more about the ship and the journey its passengers took to the New World, then test your knowledge with a quiz.
17. Nathaniel Bacon: Biography & Explanation
In this lesson, we will meet Nathaniel Bacon, a Jamestown colonist who led a rebellion against Governor William Berkeley. We will examine Bacon's life from beginning to end, focusing especially on his Jamestown years.
18. New Netherland Colony: History & Facts
This lesson discusses the New Netherland colony. Learn more about the origins of New Netherland and how the Dutch colony became New York. Then test your knowledge with a quiz.
19. New Sweden Colony: History & Explanation
This lesson will cover the New Sweden Colony, which was located in parts of modern New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennsylvania. We will explore the founding of New Sweden, its ups and downs, and its disintegration.
20. Pawnee Tribe: Facts & History
The Pawnee are a group of semi-nomadic Native Americans who traditionally lived in the Great Plains. Learn about their society, culture, and religion, as well as how their lives were changed when white settlers entered their lands in the 19th century.
21. Pequot Indians: History & Overview
In this lesson, you'll learn how the Pequot Indians lived before the arrival of the Europeans and what happened when the European colonists settled in America.
22. William Penn: History, Facts & Biography
Meet William Penn, the founder of the Pennsylvania Colony and a leader in the Quaker religion. Discover how the young man from a prestigious family became an important figure in the New World.
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