Colonial and Pre-Colonial Economic
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and Pre-Colonial Economic History? Discover this
US History Made Easy Economic Trivia quiz. "Check
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While they traded among themselves, American Indians have little
contact outside the Americas before European settlers begin
arriving. Their economic systems, for example the economy of the
Iroquois, involved various combinations of hunting and gathering
2) In 1492, Christopher Columbus,
sailing under the Spanish flag, finds the "New World". What is
his original goal?
- South Pacific
3) For the next 100 years, English,
Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, and French explorers sail from
Europe for the New World, looking for gold, riches, religious
merit, honor, and glory. But the North American wilderness
offers early explorers little glory and less gold, so most do
4) In 1565, St. Augustine, Florida, is
founded by the Swedish.
5) What is the first English settlement
in the "New World"?
- New York City
- Charleston, South Carolina
6) Charter companies are groups of
stockholders (usually merchants and wealthy landowners) who seek
personal economic gain and, perhaps, want also to advance
England's national goals. The colonies generally do not show
quick profits, however, and the English investors often turn
over their colonial charters to the settlers. The political
implications, although not realized at the time, are enormous.
The colonists are left to build their own lives, their own
communities, and their own economy.
7) What early colonial prosperity there
is results from trapping and trading in furs. But throughout the
colonies, people live primarily on small farms and are
self-sufficient. In the few small cities and among the larger
plantations of South Carolina, and Virginia, some necessities
and virtually all luxuries are imported. What is NOT an
8) Except for slaves, standards of
living were generally high in the English colonies - higher, in
fact, than in England itself.
9) By 1770, the North American colonies
are ready, both economically and politically, to become part of
the emerging self-government movement that has dominated English
politics. Disputes developed with England over taxation and
other matters; Americans in the Thirteen Colonies demands their
rights as Englishmen, as they see it, to select their own
representatives to govern and tax them - which Britain refuse.
Who is the British king when the movement begins?
- Henry VIII
- Philip II
- James I
- John III
10) The American Revolution (1775-1783)
is both political and economic, bolstered by an emerging middle
class with a rallying cry of "unalienable rights to life,
liberty, and property", a phrase openly borrowed from English
philosopher who writes Second Treatise on Civil Government
(1690). Who is the English philosopher?
- John Locke
- Ben Franklin
- Robert Moses
- Jefferson Lee