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Ch 40: WEST History: Imperialism & Colonization

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Let us help you review what you know about European imperialism and colonization. These video lessons and self-assessment quizzes will help you prepare for these types of questions on the Washington Educator Skills Test (WEST) History exam.

WEST History: Imperialism & Colonization - Chapter Summary

Use the lessons in this chapter to refresh your knowledge or learn new facts about the ways in which some European countries explored and settled in new territories. The lessons will focus on Spanish and Portuguese explorers, North American settlements and French and English colonies. After viewing the lessons, you should be able to answer relevant world history questions found on the WEST History exam and display the following abilities :

  • List reasons why Europe explored the New World
  • Identify famous explorers from Spain and Portugal
  • Describe how maps and navigation improved during the Age of Exploration
  • Relate tales of piracy that occurred during this period
  • Provide details about famous conquistadors
  • Discuss early explorations of North America and 17th century settlements from France, Sweden and the Netherlands
  • Detail characteristics of southern colonies in Georgia, Virginia, Maryland and the Carolinas and middle colonies in New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania
  • Explore economic and trade issues of the 13 colonies
  • Define and cite examples of absolute monarchy

Simple narrative text and illustrations make learning about these topics fun and engaging. The accompanying quizzes present questions in the same multiple choice format you will encounter on the WEST History exam.

WEST History: Imperialism & Colonization - Chapter Objectives

WEST exams are used in the state of Washington to assess the ability of new and current educators to teach fundamental and specific content area material. The WEST History exam is an endorsement exam that will measure your knowledge of U.S. and world history topics as well as social studies concepts. The Imperialism & Colonization chapter addresses various elements of the expansion of European countries in the Age of Exploration. Questions about this era will be asked in the second domain of the History exam, which focuses on world history developments. This domain accounts for 36% of the entire test. The exam is computer-based and consists of 110 multiple choice questions. You will need a score of 240 to pass the test.

10 Lessons in Chapter 40: WEST History: Imperialism & Colonization
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The Old World and New World: Why Europeans Sailed to the Americas

1. The Old World and New World: Why Europeans Sailed to the Americas

This lesson will focus on the Age of Exploration. It will explain the main reasons why Europeans explored the New World. It will highlight their spirit of adventure, the religious desire to see natives converted, and the chance to acquire wealth.

Great Explorers of Spain and Portugal: Aims & Discoveries

2. Great Explorers of Spain and Portugal: Aims & Discoveries

This lesson will focus on the New World explorations of Spain and Portugal. It will list explorers from both of these countries while also highlighting the motivations behind European exploration.

Mapping the World, Seaborne Commerce & Piracy

3. Mapping the World, Seaborne Commerce & Piracy

This lesson will focus on the improvement of maps, the growth of seaborne commerce, and the piracy that occurred during the Age of Exploration. It will also highlight the famous Sea Dogs of England.

Conquistadors and Encomienda System: Definition & Savaging of the New World

4. Conquistadors and Encomienda System: Definition & Savaging of the New World

This lesson will discuss the conquistadors of the New World. It will highlight Hernan Cortes and Francisco Pizarro. It will also explain the encomienda system and its impact on the native populations.

North American Exploration & Failed Colonies of France & England

5. 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.

New France, New Netherlands & New Sweden: North American Settlements

6. 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.

The Southern Colonies: Settlement and Growth

7. 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).

The Middle Colonies: New York, Delaware, New Jersey & Pennsylvania

8. 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.

The 13 Colonies: Developing Economy & Overseas Trade

9. 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.

Absolute Monarchy: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

10. Absolute Monarchy: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

During the 17th century, Europe experienced economics crises, religious wars, and civil unrest. Absolute monarchy was but one response to the search for a more ordered society. In this lesson, learn the definition, characteristics and prime historic examples of absolutism.

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