In what year did the United States become an independent nation?
Colonialism: The practice of establishing colonies and maintaining control over them. Slavery: The practice of owning and controlling people who are treated as property. Industrial Revolution: A period of time in the 19th century in which new manufacturing technologies and industrial methods were used.
The first people to inhabit North America were Indigenous tribes. They arrived over 20,000 years ago and developed rich cultures. European exploration of the area began in the late 15th century. Colonization began in the 16th century. The history of North America is filled with wars, independence, and cultural evolution.
History of North America
The first humans to inhabit North America are believed to have crossed over from Siberia during the last Ice Age, over 15,000 years ago. The first European to land in North America is thought to be Leif Erickson, a Viking from Greenland, in the year 1000. The first Spanish settlement in what is now the United States was established in 1565 in St. Augustine, Florida.
Did you know?
Native American societies lived throughout North America for thousands of years. Thirteen of the English colonies in North America separated from Great Britain during the American Revolutionary War. Leaders of the thirteen former colonies established a new form of government and created the United States.
Early History of the United States The Thirteen Colonies
What are some of the names of some of the original English Colonies ?
What are some of the key geographical features of North America?
What were some of the major historical events in North America?
Brain break: Draw a six-legged octopus driving a flying saucer
Question: What were the two major events in the history of North America? Clues: • Think about the events that happened in North America since European colonization. • Research the history of North America to understand what was happening in each period of time. • Look for major political, economic, social, and cultural events.
Which European explorer is credited with discovering North America?
- Christopher Columbus
- Francisco Pizarro
- Jacques Cartier
- Hernán Cortés
Which Native American civilization built Machu Picchu in present-day Peru?
- Inca Empire
- Aztec Empire
- Anasazi Culture
- Maya Civilization
'Manifest Destiny' was a belief held by Americans in the 19th century that the United States was destined to do what?
- Expand its territory from coast to coast
- Achieve independence from Britain
- Establish colonies across Africa
- Conquer Europe and Asia
The famous Boston Tea Party protest took place in response to which act imposed on the American colonies by Britain?
- Stamp Act
- Townshend Acts
- Sugar Act
- Tea Act
Which country granted independence to Canada through the British North America Act of 1867?
- United Kingdom