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In this chapter, you'll learn the answers to questions including:
- Why did some of the North American colonies fail?
- Who founded the Jamestown colony, and what were some of their challenges?
- Did the Mayflower really land at Plymouth Rock?
- Why did the Puritans come to the New World and found the New England colonies?
- What settlement and social patterns were unique to the Middle and Southern colonies?
- Why did everyday life like in early America differ according to location?
- What contributed to the rise of slave trade in colonial America?
- What international and trade events influenced life in the 13 colonies?
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. Massachusetts Bay Colony: Religion, History & Economy
Discover the Massachusetts Bay Colony, the colony founded by the Puritans in New England. Learn about daily life in the Massachusetts Bay Colony and explore the government and religious beliefs of the colonists.
13. 1795 Treaty of Greenville: Definition & Summary
The 1795 Treaty of Greenville was one among the many controversial agreements between Americans and Native American tribes. It expanded American territory westward, but it also fomented Native American resentment.
14. Agrarian Economy: Definition & Overview
Learn the characteristics of agrarian economies and their development from the Agricultural Revolution to the modern era. Examine some specific examples and case studies, and test your understanding with a quiz.
15. Amish: Culture, History & Religion
This lesson discusses the history and culture of the Amish. Learn more about the beliefs and practices of the Amish and then test your knowledge with a quiz.
16. Captain Miles Standish: Facts & History
Miles Standish was an important member of the Pilgrims who helped establish Plymouth Colony in North America. Learn about the many ways Standish helped this colony become successful.
17. Celestial Navigation: History & Explanation
Celestial navigation was one of the earliest ways in which humans could orient themselves to travel long distances. This lesson reviews basic principles of celestial navigation as well as different cultural and historical traditions of reading the stars.
18. Charter Document: Examples and Definition
In this lesson, we are going to explore charter documents and see what they are, how they have been used, and what role they've played in history. We'll also look at some real examples of different kinds of charters.
19. Christopher Columbus' Discoveries: History & Summary
Christopher Columbus is known the world over as 'the man who discovered America' despite the fact that he was not the first European to do so when he landed in the Americas in 1492. Learn about Christopher Columbus' voyages of 'discovery' in this lesson.
20. Christopher Columbus's Voyages: Route & Legacy
Christopher Columbus was an Italian explorer who sailed across the Atlantic Ocean in 1492, hoping to find a route to India in order to trade for spices. He made a total of four trips to the Caribbean and South America during the years 1492-1504.
21. Colonial Mercantilism: Definition, History & Effects
Mercantilism was a major economic theory in Europe between the 16th and 18th centuries. In this lesson, we learn its four basic rules and the effects of mercantilism on history.
22. Who Was Captain John Smith of Jamestown? - History & Overview
Captain John Smith was an English adventurer and explorer who helped make Jamestown the first permanent English colony in America. Learn about his struggles in Jamestown, his various adventures, and why he is an important figure in Colonial American history.
23. Middle Colonies Geography & Climate
In many ways, the Middle Colonies were a mix between the Southern Colonies and New England. In this lesson, we'll focus on how geography and climate helped to shape that mix.
24. Southern Colonies Geography & Climate
In few other regions did geography and climate play such an important role in determining social order, and even political order, as they did in the Southern colonies.
25. New England Colonies Geography & Climate
In this lesson, we'll take a look at the development of the Northern Colonies. We'll find that geography and climate actually played a large role in creating societies similar to those found back in Europe.
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- America and the Second World War: Help and Review
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- Civil Rights Movements in America: Help and Review
- America in the 1970s: Help and Review
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