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1 Colonial America The Growth of the American Colonies Mr. Chabot

2 Progression by time period (Era) Native American settlement European Exploration European Settlement Colonial Growth

3 An Empire and its Colonies

4 Terms/Definitions Mercantilism – a country should try to obtain and keep as much bullion, or gold and silver, as possible Balance of Trade – the difference in value between imports and exports Duty – a tax

5 Cont…. Salutary neglect – Great Britains policy of not interfering in the American colonies politics and economy as long as such neglect served British economic interests Staple crop – crops that are constantly in demand Triangular Trade – trade between the Americas, Europe, and Africa

6 Why did England pay little attention to the colonies between 1600 and mid 1700s 2 Reasons: – The Civil War that raged in Great Britain – England was getting what it wanted out of the colonies, and it lacked the power to control the colonies tightly b/c they were so far away

7 Why did England prize their colonies? 1.) colonies produced large amounts of food and raw materials 2.) colonists were buying large amounts of English goods

8 How did staple crops affect the growth and settlement of the Southern Colonies? Staple crops required a large amount of land The land needed more manual labor, therefore, slavery increased greatly The South as a result became land full of plantations along rivers and coastlines, with only a few towns and a small group of merchants

9 Colonial Life Benjamin Franklin John Harvard

10 Terms/Definitions Gentry – men and women wealthy enough to hire people to work for them Gentry – men and women wealthy enough to hire people to work for them Apprentice – people placed under a legal contract to work for another person in exchange for learning a trade. Apprentice – people placed under a legal contract to work for another person in exchange for learning a trade. Almanac – a book containing information such as calendars, weather predictions, advice, wise sayings, etc. Almanac – a book containing information such as calendars, weather predictions, advice, wise sayings, etc.

11 Cont… Indigo – a type of plant used in making a blue dye for cloth. It was one of the major staple crop of South Carolina Indigo – a type of plant used in making a blue dye for cloth. It was one of the major staple crop of South Carolina Self-sufficient – to be able to make everything that is needed to maintain your life Self-sufficient – to be able to make everything that is needed to maintain your life

12 Why do you think the role of an apprentice is so important? ans: Apprentices contributed to the expansion of the economy because their training involved assisting artisans in the manufacture of fine glassware, furniture, and other high quality items for purchase by the gentry ans: Apprentices contributed to the expansion of the economy because their training involved assisting artisans in the manufacture of fine glassware, furniture, and other high quality items for purchase by the gentry

13 How were children educated in the colonies? Ans: Some children were educated at home. In the New England colonies, boys could attend public schools, while girls were educated at home by their mothers. In the Southern Colonies, plantation owners often hired private instructors to teach their children Ans: Some children were educated at home. In the New England colonies, boys could attend public schools, while girls were educated at home by their mothers. In the Southern Colonies, plantation owners often hired private instructors to teach their children

14 Colonial Education cont… To show the new found importance on an education for children, Massachusetts passed a law in 1647 that stated any town having more than 50 families had to have either a school or a schoolmaster to teach children. To show the new found importance on an education for children, Massachusetts passed a law in 1647 that stated any town having more than 50 families had to have either a school or a schoolmaster to teach children. Higher education was primarily for teaching ministers and lawyers. Most people didnt go beyond basic schooling Higher education was primarily for teaching ministers and lawyers. Most people didnt go beyond basic schooling There were only 3 colleges up until the 1740s: William and Mary, Harvard, and Yale There were only 3 colleges up until the 1740s: William and Mary, Harvard, and Yale

15 Why did everyone in the average colonial household have to work? Ans: because a great deal of labor was usually required to maintain the household by producing food and goods Ans: because a great deal of labor was usually required to maintain the household by producing food and goods Is there a link between this necessity and slavery? Is there a link between this necessity and slavery? If you are a wealthy planter, would your children have to work? If yes, why? If no, who would in their place? If you are a wealthy planter, would your children have to work? If yes, why? If no, who would in their place?

16 The nature of work In the 1700s, life was better for a white colonist in the Americas than it was in Europe In the 1700s, life was better for a white colonist in the Americas than it was in Europe For this reason, among others, the population steadily grew in the colonies as people For this reason, among others, the population steadily grew in the colonies as people Colonists ate better, lived better and longer, as well as had large numbers of children to help with the farm life/work Colonists ate better, lived better and longer, as well as had large numbers of children to help with the farm life/work All family members had a hand in the success of the household, and all had to pull their own weight All family members had a hand in the success of the household, and all had to pull their own weight The basic goal of the household is to be self-sufficient The basic goal of the household is to be self-sufficient

17 Triangular Trade The triangle of trade The triangle of trade The triangle of trade The triangle of trade The Transatlantic Slave Trade consisted of three journeys: The Transatlantic Slave Trade consisted of three journeys: The outward passage from Europe to Africa carrying manufactured goods. The outward passage from Europe to Africa carrying manufactured goods. The middle passage from Africa to the Americas or the Caribbean carrying African captives and other 'commodities. The middle passage from Africa to the Americas or the Caribbean carrying African captives and other 'commodities. The homeward passage carrying sugar, tobacco, rum, rice, cotton and other goods back to Europe. The homeward passage carrying sugar, tobacco, rum, rice, cotton and other goods back to Europe.

18 African Americans in the Colonies Middle Passage – one leg of the triangular trade routes between the Americas, Europe, and Africa. This leg was the crossing of the Atlantic Ocean Middle Passage – one leg of the triangular trade routes between the Americas, Europe, and Africa. This leg was the crossing of the Atlantic Ocean

19 Middle Passage The Middle Passage was a breeding ground for diseases due to the long length of the trip, as well as the tight quarters, heat, exhaustion, and the abundance of human waste (no sanitation) The Middle Passage was a breeding ground for diseases due to the long length of the trip, as well as the tight quarters, heat, exhaustion, and the abundance of human waste (no sanitation) Anywhere from 20-40 % of the Africans would become sick and/or die during their trip through the Middle Passage Anywhere from 20-40 % of the Africans would become sick and/or die during their trip through the Middle Passage

20 African Americans in the Colonies African American population: African American population: Year New England Middle Colonies Southern Colonies 16909502,47213,307 17001,6803,66122,476 17102,5856,21836,063 17203,95610,82554,058 17306,11811,68373,220 17408,54116,452125,031 175010,98220,736204,702

21 Rice plantations In colonies such as South Carolina and Georgia, rice plantations prospered. In colonies such as South Carolina and Georgia, rice plantations prospered. Rice is most efficiently grown on very large tracts of land, and as a result, there were a great number of plantations that had over 100 slaves on it Rice is most efficiently grown on very large tracts of land, and as a result, there were a great number of plantations that had over 100 slaves on it Due to the large amount of Africans, they were able to preserve some of their culture through their constant interaction and the large number of people Due to the large amount of Africans, they were able to preserve some of their culture through their constant interaction and the large number of people

22 Free Blacks Slave laws discouraged people from being free Slave laws discouraged people from being free Some laws either prevented their freedom or forced them to leave after their freedom Some laws either prevented their freedom or forced them to leave after their freedom Most free blacks still had to work on the fields, as it was one of their only skills and the only work available Most free blacks still had to work on the fields, as it was one of their only skills and the only work available Many free blacks were worse off than enslaved blacks economically because they had no link to white households, and they faced limited rights compared to the other free people, whites Many free blacks were worse off than enslaved blacks economically because they had no link to white households, and they faced limited rights compared to the other free people, whites

23 African American Laws Slave laws varied between regions Slave laws varied between regions These laws were constantly revised to further control slaves These laws were constantly revised to further control slaves Slaves would need a pass to move about off of the grounds of the plantation Slaves would need a pass to move about off of the grounds of the plantation Punishments including whipping, banishment to the West Indies, and death Punishments including whipping, banishment to the West Indies, and death Laws that restricted the movement of slaves made organizing a rebellion very difficult Laws that restricted the movement of slaves made organizing a rebellion very difficult

24 Stono Rebellion 1739 Other Rebellions Several dozen slaves near Charleston, SC, killed more than 20 whites Several dozen slaves near Charleston, SC, killed more than 20 whites The slaves burned the armory and began marching towards Spanish Florida, where a small colony of runaway slaves lived The slaves burned the armory and began marching towards Spanish Florida, where a small colony of runaway slaves lived Armed planters captured and killed all of the rebel slaves Armed planters captured and killed all of the rebel slaves NYC passed strict laws to try to prevent rebellions NYC passed strict laws to try to prevent rebellions After a 1741 revolt in NYC, 13 African were burned alive as punishment After a 1741 revolt in NYC, 13 African were burned alive as punishment There were over 50 documented rebellions b/t 1740 and 1800, and countless others that were not documented There were over 50 documented rebellions b/t 1740 and 1800, and countless others that were not documented What does that tell you about the treatment of slaves and their thirst for freedom? What does that tell you about the treatment of slaves and their thirst for freedom?

25 Slave resistance, cont Most slaves opposed slavery and resisted through individual actions: pretending to misunderstand orders, faking illnesses, running away, etc Most slaves opposed slavery and resisted through individual actions: pretending to misunderstand orders, faking illnesses, running away, etc Although these actions didnt give slaves freedom, it gave them personal satisfaction to resist, as well as giving them a degree of control over their own lives (even if for a short time) Although these actions didnt give slaves freedom, it gave them personal satisfaction to resist, as well as giving them a degree of control over their own lives (even if for a short time)

26 Emerging Tensions By the mid 1700s, population was increasing rapidly, almost doubling over a 25 year period Immigrant – people who enter a new country to settle Migrate - movement Due to increased populations, people began to migrate and settle areas farther from the shore ( more inland, towards the Appalachian Mountains) Some of the land that was being settled belonged to Native Americans (who would have guessed!), and as a result tensions grew.

27 Tensions Emerge French settlers and Native Americans increasingly came into contact with each other as the settlers migrated westward As settlers moved to land already occupied by Native Americans, those Native Americans were forced to relocate to other areas that already settled by other Native Americans

28 Tensions Emerge The new wave of English settlers alarmed the French and Native Americans The British were trying to expand by building new trading posts The French responded by building trading posts themselves, including one in Erie, PA The French attacked a British post nearby Erie, PA, and killed those defending the post

29 Tensions Emerge It was clear by the 1750s that there was an explosive relationship between VA and PA vs. the French and Indians The area of contention was the forks of the Ohio River, where the Allegheny and Monogahela rivers meet to form the Ohio R. This area was coveted by all involved and was worth fighting for These tensions set the stage for fighting in the near future

30 Religious Tensions Although many people came to the colonies to escape religious persecution and for religious freedom in general, that did not stop religious tensions from occurring There was an outcry to awake the colonists to the importance of religion

31 The Great Awakening This was a revival of religious At this time, many ministers believed that the colonists had fallen away from their faith The Great Awakening was a series of revivals in an attempt to renew religious enthusiasm and commitment Many ministers used powerful speaking skills to lead people to believe that any one can have an individual relationship with God

32 Great Awakening, cont… Itinerant – traveling Many preachers went from town to town preaching these ideas, and these people were said to be itinerant preachers These ministers preached the following: Faith and sincerity, rather than education or wealth, were the major requirements needed to read the Gospel

33 The Great Awakening As a result of the Great Awakening, many churches reorganized Baptists in New England Methodists in the South The appeal of these two particular churches lay in their powerful, emotional ceremonies and their celebration of ordinary people


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