Social Studies - 2018-19
VUS.2b - American Indians, Europeans, Africans
The student will apply social science skills to understand the impact of the Age of Exploration by
b) analyzing the cultural interactions among American Indians, Europeans, and Africans.
Unit Essential Questions
How does the environment and geography impact our lives?
To what extent does the American economy shape the American experience?
How does democracy shape the American experience?
UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD
Exploration and colonization initiated worldwide commercial expansion and cultural interactions as products and people were exchanged between Africa, the Americas, and Europe.
Interactions among American Indians, Europeans, and Africans
The explorations and settlements of the English in the American colonies and of the Spanish in the Caribbean, Central America, and South America often led to violent conflicts with the American Indians. The Indians lost their traditional territories and fell victim to diseases carried from Europe. By contrast, French exploration of Canada did not lead to large-scale immigration from France, and relations with native peoples were generally more cooperative.
The first Africans were brought against their will to Jamestown in 1619 to work on tobacco plantations. The growth of an agricultural and mercantile economy based on large landholdings in the Southern colonies and in the Caribbean, and trade in the New England colonies, led to an enslaved labor force. This system eventually led to the introduction of African slavery in British North America.
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House of Burgesses
Virginia Company of London
Athenian Model of Direct Democracy
Church of England
Caribbean, Central and South America settlements
Location of 13 Colonies and colonial regions