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- Take a look at the failed North American colonies of the French and English.
- Examine the settlement of Jamestown colony.
- Discuss the North American settlements of the Dutch, French and Swedish.
- Learn about the Mayflower passengers and the Plymouth Rock settlement.
- Explore the New England colonies founded by the Puritans.
- Take a look at the southern and middle colonies.
- Explain what life was like in the 13 original colonies.
- Discuss the rise of the slave trade.
- Learn about the developing economy in the 13 colonies.
- Examine the world events that influenced 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. Ferdinand Magellan: Biography, Facts & Timeline
In this lesson you will learn about Ferdinand Magellan, the first European to sail west into the Pacific and the first to lead an expedition that circled the globe. When you're finished, take the quiz to see what you've learned.
13. First Thanksgiving: History, Facts & Foods
Every year, on the fourth Thursday of November, millions of Americans celebrate a federal holiday to watch football and parades and stuff themselves at the dinner table. Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving, and what food was used to celebrate? Learn those answers here.
14. French Exploration of the New World: History & Overview
Learn about the French exploration of the New World in this lesson. Discover how French sailors mapped territories, and explore the impact of the French on the Native Americans.
15. Governor John Winthrop: Biography, History & Significance
John Winthrop was the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Learn about his role in the colony and both the good and bad decisions he made in this New England colony.
16. Governor William Bradford: Writings & Role in the First Thanksgiving
William Bradford was one of the founders of Plymouth Colony in 1620. Learn about his involvement with the Mayflower Compact, the first Thanksgiving, his writings, and his role as governor of Plymouth Colony.
17. Indentured Servants in Colonial America: Definition & Role in History
Define indentured servitude, learn why immigrants decided to become servants, understand the challenges servants faced, and know the factors that led to the decline of indentured servitude.
18. Indentured Servants in Jamestown: Definition & Overview
This lesson discusses the role of indentured servants in the early years of Jamestown. Learn more about who indentured servants were and why they went to Jamestown, then test your knowledge with a quiz.
19. Jacques Cartier, Explorer: Voyages, Facts & Route
Jacques Cartier was a French explorer and navigator. Learn more about his life and the three major voyages that he made to North America while trying to find wealth and a direct passage to Asia.
20. James Oglethorpe: Facts & Biography
James Oglethorpe was a British philanthropist who was one of the founders of the colony of Georgia. He also served in Parliament and was an officer in the British army.
21. Smallpox & Native American Populations
Amerindian history is famously punctuated with dramatic epidemics of smallpox. In this lesson, we'll talk about why this was, and what smallpox really meant to Amerindian histories.
22. Mary Jemison: Life, Captivity & Statue
This lesson will explore the life story of Mary Jemison, a young pioneer woman whose life and legacy were forever changed when she was abducted by Indians in 1755.
23. Native Americans & Buffalo: Symbolism, Uses & Importance
Bison are amongst the most important symbols of Amerindian identity, but why? In this lesson, we're going to explore the relationship between Amerindian nations and the bison and see how this impacted each's development.
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