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The Precontact Period & Settling North America - Chapter Summary
As you go through these lessons on the precontact period and settlement in North America, you can get a better understanding of settlement patterns, the effects of European colonization, and the founding of Massachusetts Bay Colony. Our expert instructors also discuss various aspects of slavery in the colonial period. By the end of the chapter, you should be ready to:
- Discuss European influences on Native Americans
- Explain how explorers in the Western Hemisphere shaped development of the Americas
- Describe the early years of European colonization in North America
- Explain why Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New Hampshire were established
- Discuss what led to slavery
- Recall how the Middle colonies were unique
- Detail external influences on colonial life
- Demonstrate your knowledge of how world events influenced Colonial America
The engaging teaching style used by our educators can help you get up to speed on the precontact period and the settling of North America. A short quiz accompanies each lesson to test your knowledge. You can also print the lesson quizzes and use them as study worksheets.
1. Pre-Columbian Civilization: North American Indians Before Europeans
Watch this video for an overview of the cultural groups of Native Americans as they lived at the time of first contact with Europeans. Some of these groupings, like the tribes of the plains, changed so much due to the addition of European influences, such as horses, that there is only conjecture as to how exactly they lived before European contact.
2. Effects of European Colonization: Christopher Columbus and Native Americans
The earliest explorers in the Western Hemisphere left a legacy that would shape the development of the Americas permanently. No matter what they came looking for, Europeans left behind death, horses, and metal.
3. First European Settlements of North America
In this lesson, you will explore the first years of European colonization in North America as several nations attempted to establish their first colonial settlements. Then, you can test your understanding with a brief quiz.
4. 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.
5. 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).
6. 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.
7. The 13 Colonies: Life, Economy & External Influences
In this lesson, you will explore daily life and the economy of the 13 colonies. You will also discover the external influences that impacted colonial life. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.
8. 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.
9. 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.
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