Week 1.2

Week 1.2: First Encounters & European Colonization

(Block B: 9/12-9/16) (Block A: 9/19-9/23)

Readings and Resources

  1. “Colonization and Settlement: 1585-1763” by John Demos. https://www.gilderlehrman.org/history-by-era/colonization-and-settlement-1585-1763

  2. AP US History Study Guide Video. Period 2: 1607-1754.  http://ap.gilderlehrman.org/

  3. “The Struggle for Colonial Control of America: 1689-1763” from Mapping History – University of Oregon. http://mappinghistory.uoregon.edu/english/US/US03-00.html

  4. SAT US History Study Guide: 1754-1800. https://www.gilderlehrman.org/history-by-era/topics/sat-us-history-study-guide-1754-1800

  5. Part 3: “A Land of Contrasts” (p.85-122) in Davis & Mintz, A Boisterous Sea of Liberty

  6. Part 4: “The Seven Years War” (p.123-138) in Davis & Mintz, A Boisterous Sea of Liberty


All readings, viewed media, and other content should be accompanied by appropriate notes. You must use the Library of Congress Analysis Form, annotate directly onto text, or provide other verifiable evidence of your notes. This will be reviewed during Scored Discussions, Portfolio Work, and Short Writing assignments.


Discussion Points: The AP U.S. History Curriculum Framework

  1. Europeans developed a variety of colonization and migration patterns, influenced by different imperial goals, cultures, and the varied North American environments where they settled, and they competed with each other and American Indians for resources.

    1. Spanish, French, Dutch, and British colonizers had different economic and imperial goals involving land and labor that shaped the social and political development of their colonies as well as their relationships with native populations.

    2. In the 17th century, early British colonies developed along the Atlantic coast, with regional differences that reflected various environmental, economic, cultural, and demographic factors.

    3. Competition over resources between European rivals and American Indians encouraged industry and trade and led to conflict in the Americas.

  2. The British colonies participated in political, social, cultural, and economic exchanges with Great Britain that encouraged both stronger bonds with Britain and resistance to Britain’s control.

    1. Transatlantic commercial, religious, philosophical, and political exchanges led residents of the British colonies to evolve in their political and cultural attitudes as they became increasingly tied to Britain and one another.

    2. Like other European empires in the Americas that participated in the Atlantic slave trade, the English colonies developed a system of slavery that reflected the specific economic, demographic, and geographic characteristics of those colonies.

  3. British attempts to assert tighter control over its North American colonies and the colonial resolve to pursue self-government led to a colonial independence movement and the Revolutionary War.

    1. The competition among the British, French, and American Indians for economic and political advantage in North America culminated in the Seven years’ War (the French and Indian War), in which Britain defeated France and allied American Indians.

    2. The desire of many colonists to assert ideals of self-government in the face of renewed British imperial efforts led to a colonial independence movement and war with Britain.

Quiz: Block A: 9/22 - Block B: 9/15

Document Based Multiple Choice (20  pts)

Portfolio Project: Due Friday of Week 1.2

  1. Using 2 of the 7 major themes of US History create a historical atlas that examines European colonization of North America through 1763.

    1. Create an articulate thesis that addresses connects your two themes and guides your  understanding of this period.

    2. Utilize seven primary sources of evidence into your atlas that provide support and context to your thesis.

    3. This may be done as a physical presentation or a power point.

    4. An accompanying narration / essay should be 3-5 paragraphs in length.  

Honors Essay:

  1. In 3-5 paragraphs examine the issue of conflict during this time period. You may choose conflicts between colonists, conflicts between colonists and Europeans, or conflicts with Native Americans. Be sure to use specific examples to support your thesis. (20 points). Due Friday of Week 1.2.