Social Studies - 2018-19

USI.5a - Early Settlements and Colonies

The student will apply social science skills to understand the factors that shaped colonial America by  

a) describing the religious and economic events and conditions that led to the colonization of America; 

Adopted: 2015



Colonies in North America were established for religious and economic reasons. 


Colonies and the reasons they were established 

 Roanoke Island (Lost Colony) was established as an economic venture. 

 Jamestown settlement, the first permanent English settlement in North America (1607), was an economic venture by the Virginia Company. 

 Plymouth Colony was settled by separatists from the Church of England who wanted to avoid religious persecution. 

 Massachusetts Bay Colony was settled by the Puritans to avoid religious persecution. 

 Pennsylvania was settled by the Quakers, who wanted freedom to practice their faith without interference. 

 Georgia was settled by people who had been in debtors’ prisons in England. They hoped to experience economic freedom and start a new life in the New World. 


Updated: May 16, 2018