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Colonial and Pre-Colonial Economic History Trivia

What do you know about Colonial and Pre-Colonial Economic History? Discover this US History Made Easy Economic Trivia quiz. "Check Your Answers" at the end of the page.

Trivia powered by Prof. Walter1) 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 and agriculture.

  • True or False?

2) In 1492, Christopher Columbus, sailing under the Spanish flag, finds the "New World".  What is his original goal?

  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Australia
  • 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 not stay.

  • True or False?

4) In 1565, St. Augustine, Florida, is founded by the Swedish.

  • True or False?

5) What is the first English settlement in the "New World"?

  • Plymouth
  • New York City
  • Jamestown
  • 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.

  • True or False?

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 important export?

  • Tobacco
  • Rice
  • Indigo
  • Petroleum

8) Except for slaves, standards of living were generally high in the English colonies - higher, in fact, than in England itself.

  • True or False?

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

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Colonial and Pre-Colonial Economic History Trivia [Answers]

  1. True
  2. Asia
  3. True
  4. False. St. Augustine, Florida, is founded by the Spanish.
  5. Jamestown
  6. True
  7. Petroleum
  8. True
  9. James I
  10. John Locke

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