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.


Adopted: 2015

BIG IDEAS

Unit Themes

Unit Essential Questions

Environment

How does the environment and geography impact our lives?

Economic Systems 

To what extent does the American economy shape the American experience? 

Government

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.

ESSENTIALS

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.

KEY VOCABULARY

Terms & EventsPeoplePlaces

Covenant Community

Town Meetings

Direct Democracy

Mayflower Compact

House of Burgesses

General Assembly

Virginia Company of London

Persecution

Athenian Model of Direct Democracy

Middle Passage

Great Awakening

Church of England 

Representative Legislature

Cavaliers

Slaves

Indentured Servants

Artisans

Puritans

Dissenters

Artisans

Entrepreneurs

Quakers

Huguenots

Jamestown

Shenandoah Valley

Caribbean, Central and South America settlements

Location of 13 Colonies and colonial regions

Appalachian foothills


Updated: May 18, 2018