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This section will focus on the establishment and early growth of European colonies in North America.  The student should be able to compare and contrast (a) the differences among the character of the colonies founded by each nation (i.e., English, French, Dutch) as well as (b) the differences among the primary English colonies (Massachusetts Bay, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Carolina).  Points of comparison include:  government; religion; nature of colonial society; relationship with Indians; labor.  The student should also be cognizant of how events in Europe affected the colonies.


Terms, Questions and Thinking Points
Lecture One
Jamestown and Virginia

Lecture Two
New England
Lecture Three
Other Nations in America and the English Civil War
Lecture Four
The English Civil War and the Restoration Colonies

Lecture Five
The Dominion of New England the the Glorious Revolution

Related reading In the textbook, read Chapter 2, "The New Europe and the Atlantic World," 41-44, "The Indian World in the Southeast," 47-48, "The Indian World in the Northeast," 48-49, and "The Dutch Settlements," 54; Chapter 3, "England and Colonization," 58-67, "New England:  Colonies of Dissenters," 68-76, "The Pluralism of the Middle Colonies," 76-80, "The Colonies of the Lower South," 80-83.

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