Unit 1: From New World to New Empires - the 16th Century to 1763

Possible Essay Questions for This Unit and for the Practice Essay (History Changes Essay)

3 Parts of the Unit, Resources and Check Your Knowledge Quizzes A, B, and C



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Possible Essay Questions for This Unit

The possible essay questions for the Unit tell you all possible essay questions on the Unit exam. They show you what combinations of facts to examine so you can notice how history changed during the Unit.

Click here for the Possible Essay Questions for the exam that ends Unit 1.

3 Parts of the Unit, Resources, and Check Your Knowledge Quizzes A, B, and C

Parts in the Unit and Chapter #s

Check Your Knowledge Quizzes for Tips or Recording

Seeing How History Changes Over Time, Over Space, and Sometimes Both Simultaneously at One Time (The purpose says what you look for in the link.)

Part A: Foundations (Where We Began) and Colonization: Spain, France, England, and the Netherlands


Chapters 1, 2


         Quiz A - Check Your Knowledge Has tips for locating information

         Quiz A for Recording Is printable for recording such things as what you missed and why, textbook page numbers where you found the answer, and what quiz questions are also part of essays questions.


Optional Reference:

Native Americans (North and South) and African States: How European Colonization Differed .

Providing a baseline of the past

1.     Religion
Without answers for self-testing: What Were the Broad Patterns in Religion with Consequences on the English Colonies?
With answers for observing patterns:
Comparison with Answers. (Optional: content in the 4th column of the table as a hierarchical chart)


  Notice the differences between the religions on their Major Beliefs and on their Organization.

  Which religious groups go to the English colonies and to what part of those English colonies?

2.     Economy and politics (and religion) - feudalism and serfdom and the rise of the nation state and mercantilism

         Background for colonization: Click here for sections of our textbook that cover attempts to establish feudalism and serfdom in the colonies.

         Background on the city-state and the nation-state and the rise of mercantilism

3.     Economy and servitude (forced labor)

         Feudalism and servitude when labor was a surplus and land was finite

         Varieties of servitude in the new colonies in North America when labor was scarce and land seemingly infinite

4.     Seeing the baseline with together
Forces intersecting for change education, knowledge,
Without answers for self-testing
: Major Issues in Colonization: Comparing Spain, France, England, and the Netherlands
With answers for observing patterns:
Completed Table Comparing Spain, France, England, and the Netherlands

Purpose: We are not covering all of these things. You are looking for these patterns:

  Notice how feudalism is attempted by these nations.

  Notice the role of religion in some of their relationships with the Native Americans (such as the Spanish and the French, but not so much with the English).

  Notice the wars of religion.
Notice how the Spanish begin the 1500s with gold and with great success, but notice how the shift in power is to nations with markets (furs and the slave trade).
- Notice how the nation states shift to colonization.

Part B: Comparing the English Colonies: Examining Events in the 3 Sections


Chapters 2, 3




         Quiz B - Check Your Knowledge

         Quiz B for Recording


Optional Reference:

         Summary: Land, Indians, Laborers, and Political Development


         Comparison of Events in the 3 Sections of the English Colonies This provides the blank table used for notes in class. You also can take notes just as well on the left and right pages of a spiral.


Optional Reference that Shows How history Changes:

         Summary of English Rulers from 1485 to 1820 Notice that in the era of colonization, the changing religions of the English rulers repeatedly provide different religious groups with motivation to leave England.

         Summary of Religious Groups in the Colonies during the 1600s and 1700s

Part C: Comparing the English Colonies: Examining Traits of the 3 Sections; Examining Empire and the Colonies (1-page summary)


Chapters 3,4


         Quiz C - Check Your Knowledge

         Quiz C for Recording

         Comparison Tables for Provincial America (the provinces of Great Britain) (PDF)
Background: freedom of the press in the colonies

  What are the differences in the sections? Except for common issues in government, which two of the three sections are most alike in this period from the late 1600s to about 1763?

  What sections will fight in the Civil War in the 1860s?

         Examining Empire and the Colonies

Without answers for self-testing: Why Do the Wars for Empire Matter?
With answers for observing patterns:
Completed Tables on Why the Wars for Empire Matter

  Notice how the colonists feel about these wars: what do their name for the wars tell you.

  Notice how the wars end: how will the colonists feel about the results.

  Finally, notice the frequency of the wars: what is distracting the English government at home and the English government in the colonies (a government that will need support from the colonial assemblies)




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