Greetings! Our first module focuses on the Age of Exploration. It is important to remember that when European nations traveled to what they viewed as the "New World", it was already inhabited. Furthermore, the European nations established spheres of influence in the Western Hemisphere for different reasons. As such, their relations with the indigenous nations were different from each other. In this module, you will learn about the different European nations and how they interacted with each other and the many different and distinct indigenous peoples.
What factors led Europeans to begin their voyages of exploration?
Which do you think was the most compelling factor?
How did Columbus’s voyages lead to a new exchange between Europe, Africa, and the Americas?
How did European competition impact the Americas?
How did French settlements and interactions with native peoples in the Americas differ from the English and Spanish settlements and interactions with native peoples?
Discuss the impact of the British, French, Spanish, and Dutch on economic, political, cultural, and religious principles in colonial America.
Examine the competition between the colonial powers to expand and control their claims in North America through economic, diplomatic, and military means.
Identify the French, British, and Dutch roles in the fur trade.
Explain the ways that economic, political, cultural, and religious competition between these Atlantic powers shaped early colonial America.
Compare and contrast life for the Native Americans before and after European colonial settlement, especially considering war, disease, loss of land, westward displacement of tribes causing increased conflict between tribes, and dependence on trade for European goods, including guns.
Describe the contributions of key groups (Africans, Native Americans, women, and children) to the society and culture of Colonial America.