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Exploration and the colonial era

Exploration and the Colonial Era

Chapter 1

Where should u s history start defend your answer

Where should U.S. History start? Defend your answer!

  • Constitution

  • Articles of Confederation

  • End of Revolution

  • Beginning of Revolution

  • Colonization

  • Natives

  • Beringia

Write your response

Write your response

  • Turn to your partner and share your ideas and reasons with each other. The person with the biggest shoe size should start. Tie breakers will be determined by largest hands. That person will share first all class period.

  • Does anyone want to share their partner’s brilliant idea? (Names first)

Three worlds meet

Three Worlds Meet

  • What could the three worlds be?

    • America

    • Europe

    • Africa

The americas west africa and europe

The Americas, West Africa, and Europe

Section 1

The americas

The Americas

  • What do you already know about the different societies on the American Continent at the time that the three worlds met?

    • What societies existed?

    • What were some of the characteristics of those societies?

    • Share with partner, share as a group.

Early american civilizations

Early American Civilizations

  • Beringia (land bridge between Asia & America)

  • Nomadic Tribes and their characteristics

    • Move around

    • Follow Food (Hunter/Gatherers)

    • Even food without feet moves

  • What has to happen first for nomadic tribes to transform into civilizations?

    • Write your response

    • Share with your partner

    • Good Answers? (On board)

Early american civilizations1

Early American Civilizations

  • Maya: Yucatan, 250AD and 900AD

  • Aztec: Valley of Mexico, 1200’s

  • Inca: South America, 1400

  • Write down 3 facts that you already know about each of the societies listed above.

Mayan temple aztec sacrifice

Mayan Temple & Aztec Sacrifice

Native societies within u s borders

Native Societies within U.S. Borders

  • Anasazi: Southwest Desert, 300BC to 1400AD

  • Pueblo: Southwest Desert (Anasazi descendant) 1400’s

  • Iroquois: Northeast Woodlands, 1400’s

  • Write down 3 facts that you already know about the societies listed above.

Anasazi petroglyph iroquois longhouse

Anasazi Petroglyph & Iroquois Longhouse

Video clip intermission

Video Clip Intermission

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West african societies

West African Societies

  • Songhai: Below Sahara, 600 to 1600

  • Benin: Niger-Delta, 1400’s

  • Kongo: Congo River, 1400’s

  • Islam

    • Where did it start, by whom, how did it spread to Africa?

  • Portugal and Slaves

    • What does Portugal have to do with the slave trade?

Songhai ruins kongo slaves

Songhai Ruins & Kongo Slaves

Europe in the 1400 s

Europe in the 1400’s

  • Social Hierarchy

  • Christianity (Crusades)

  • Reformation

  • Renaissance

  • Define each of the terms above and how they apply to European society in the 1400’s.

Davinci michelangelo

DaVinci & Michelangelo

New sailing technologies

New Sailing Technologies

  • Lateen Sails (to sail more directly into the wind)

  • Shallow Draft (for easier coastal exploration)

  • Large Cargo Hold & Hatch (to carry more stuff and make more money)

  • Sternpost Rudder (for greater maneuverability)

Portuguese caravel

Portuguese Caravel

Spanish north america

Spanish North America

Section 2

Christopher columbus

Christopher Columbus

Voyages of columbus

Voyages of Columbus

  • First in October of 1492: Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria

  • Landed in the Bahamas, Met the Taino People, renamed San Salvador and claimed for Spain

  • Return to Hispaniola 1493 to colonize, make plantations and enslave Natives

  • Natives die by the thousands, what now?

  • 1500’s to 1800’s, Africa lost 10 million people

Treaty of tordesillas

Treaty of Tordesillas

  • Spain and Portugal

  • 1494

  • Spain gets West of line

  • Portugal gets East of line

Columbian exchange

Columbian Exchange

  • Global transfer of living things that began with Columbus and continues today.

Spain claims an empire

Spain Claims an Empire

  • Conquistadors: Spanish explorers looking for new lands for Spain rich in gold and silver

  • Hernando Cortes: 1519 heard about the wealthy Aztec civilization, went w/500 men to find it

  • Montezuma believes Cortes to be returning God, willingly hands over piles of gold

  • Aztec believed Montezuma was a traitor, had upraising, killed Montezuma and kicked out the Spaniards

  • Disease weakened Natives and made them easy pickings for the returning Cortes.



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Spanish pattern of conquest

Spanish pattern of Conquest

  • Mestizo: Mix with and marry into the native population

  • Encomienda: Force Natives into slavery

  • Many Spaniards say encomienda system is cruel so the monarchy abolishes it in 1542

  • What now?

  • Join slave trade and use Africans for labor

Spain s golden age

Spain’s Golden Age

  • Conquer lands and wealthy civilizations (Aztec and Inca) all over the Americas (Mexico, Guatemala, Central and South America, Florida, West and South West U.S.)

  • Goals: Claim land, discover wealth, convert Natives

  • Missions all along the South West and Western U.S.

  • Natives rebel. Pope led 17,000 warriors against the Spanish. Succeeded for only 12 years.

Early british colonies

Early British Colonies

Section 3



  • April 1607, land and build Jamestown

  • Financed by joint-stock companies (vs. monarchy) want quick return on investment

  • Look for gold and neglect farming

  • After 5 months of suffering, John Smith forces them to farm, and seek help from the Natives

  • Settlement saved by new colonists and profitable crop (tobacco, brown gold)

John smith and pocahontas

John Smith and Pocahontas

Colonies continue

Colonies Continue

  • Indentured Servants

  • Slavery: First African slaves landed in Virginia in 1619, were freed a few years later

  • Clash with Natives over land claims (remember Pocahontas?)

  • Unlike Spanish, English do not mix with Natives

Puritan new england

Puritan New England

  • Puritans felt like English split with Catholic church did not go far enough.

  • Came to America to gain religious freedom

  • 1620 founded Plymouth colony (2nd permanent English settlement in America)

  • Massachusetts Bay Colony: led by John Winthrop. Right to vote only to adult male church members. No separation of church and state, taxes went to church & laws concerning church attendance.

King philip s war

King Philip’s War

  • After 40 years of growing tension between Natives and colonists

  • Several tribes unite under Wampanoag Chief Metacom (King Philip)

  • Spring 1765, starts attacking and burning colonists

  • Made it to the outskirts of Boston before giving up due to starvation and disease.

New netherlands

New Netherlands

  • 1621 Dutch West India company given permission to colonize in America

  • Interested in American fur trade

  • Drive out and take over New Sweden

  • Taken over by British (wedge) in 1664

  • Duke of York new owner so New Amsterdam becomes New York.

  • Gives a portion to some friends and call it New Jersey (after British Island)



  • Late 1600’s founded by William Penn

  • Quaker (Equality, pacifism, religious tolerance, democracy)

  • Pays the Natives for their land and tried to live in peace with them

Thirteen colonies

Thirteen Colonies

  • Founded by the British in the 1600’s and 1700’s

  • Existed for the benefit of New England

  • Mercantilism: find gold and silver and/or establish a positive balance of trade.

Navigation acts

Navigation Acts

  • Passed by British in 1651

    • Countries could only trade with colonies if goods were transported on British ships

    • Vessels had to operated by crews that were at least ¾ British

    • Certain products could only be exported to England

    • Goods traded between the colonies and Europe had to go through an English port

The colonies come of age

The Colonies Come of Age

Section 4

Plantation economy

Plantation Economy

  • Begins in the South mostly because of the geography

  • Huge, self-sufficient, one crop farms.

  • Labor intensive

  • Required Slaves

Middle passage

Middle Passage

  • Slave Trade portion of Triangular Trade

  • Brutal, unsanitary, cramped conditions

  • 13% expected to die during journey

  • 90% work in fields

  • Try to keep their culture alive despite beatings

  • Many rebellions, some successful (Stono)

Slave ship

Slave Ship

Commerce in the north

Commerce in the North

  • Geography lends itself to industry and commerce, not plantations

  • Powerful and wealthy merchant class

  • Large cities develop

  • Most of the money is in the North



  • Movement that started in Europe after the Renaissance

  • Renewed interest in science and reason, beyond religion and tradition

Great awakening

Great Awakening

  • Started as a Puritan movement aimed at rekindling the dying flame of strict religious practices.

  • Religious revivals held by people like John Edwards.

French and indian war

French and Indian War

  • Archrivals: England and France, particularly aggressive through 1600’s and 1700’s

  • Begin fighting over the Ohio River Valley

  • Natives take sides

  • Great Britain eventually wins with the help of military leaders like George Washington and William Pitt

  • Even though Britain wins King issues the Proclamation of 1763 and instructs the colonists to stay out of Native Territory west of the Appalacians.

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