Unit 1 A: Foundations- 13 Colonies
Unit 1A Overview:
Unit 1 examines European exploration and the settlement of the 13 English Colonies through the lenses of exploration, settlement, immigration, and freedom. Age of Exploration: European exploration resulted from a combination of new innovations/ideas and a desire for economic and political power. A variety of events, including revolutions and reform movements, affected both the exploration and colonization goals of European countries. The geographic location and economic benefit of colonial settlements varied from nation to nation, which impacted their ability to maintain and increase their economic and political power.
13 English Colonies:
England’s American colonies formed on the Atlantic coast of North America, with its first successful colony in Jamestown, Virginia. The next two English colonies to develop, the Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay Colony, both of which were located in Massachusetts, were established as a response to religious persecution. Due to the Protestant Reformation, religious conflict increased in Europe and several religious groups sought religious freedom by immigrating to the New World. Overtime, this desire for freedom and hope of beginning a new life will become the foundation of the “American Dream”. In Virginia and Massachusetts, the colonists flourished with some assistance from American Indians; yet, the differing views of land usage and ownership lead to numerous conflicts between the two groups. As a result of the diverse backgrounds of the colonists and the geographic conditions of each settlement, the 13 Colonies developed distinct religious, economic, and political characteristics.
Economic Growth within the Colonies and the British Empire:
With little interference from Britain, the colonies flourished and colonists strived for economic success, often at the expense of others. The continued economic success of the colonies helped increase Britain’s power across the globe.
1. Analyze how any three factors (economic, political, social, military, or religious) influenced European exploration and American colonial settlement in either Jamestown or Massachusetts Bay. Give specific examples for whichever colony you choose.
2. What drove the European countries to colonize?
3. What role did religion and economics play in the settlement of British North America?
4. How does geography affect a society’s culture and economy?
5. Why are towns more likely to be found in the New England colonies?
6. What were the various reasons Europeans emigrated to America?
What I missed?
Mr. Zoller's Exploration Series
This video is an introduction to Exploration. Watch the video and complete the guided notes
Unit 1A Power Points
Unit 1A Handouts
Down below are the Columbus Document attached for your assigned class. They are due 8/31 and should be in ACES format. Academic is expected to use 1 document for each paragraph; Honors is expected to use 2 documents in each paragraph to prove your claim. ACES should be no longer than 2-3 paragraphs. No 1st person
Mr. Zoller's Thirteen Colonies Series