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European Colonization: Comparing Colonies
Prepared by Scott Sommer, Trish Henderson, Erica Martin, Carole Martin, and
Mary Jo Indovina
Intended Grade: 8th through High School
Subject Area: Social Studies/History
Correlation to National or Florida Sunshine State Standards:
Students will demonstrate knowledge of the purposes and methods of European
colonization in the New World and will demonstrate an understanding of everyday
life in various representative settlements of Spain, France, and England in North
Approximate Time Required: [unspecified]
The class will be divided into six groups. Each group will create a descriptive
presentation on one of six representative European settlements in North America
during the colonization period; Jamestown, Virginia; Plymouth, Massachusetts; St.
Augustine, Florida; Ft. Mose, Florida; or Quebec, Canada.
Each group must also create some form of advertisement, explaining why potential
colonists would want to move to the colony.
Presentations will include (but are not limited to) a promotional brochure of the
group's chosen settlement, addressing the following 5 topics:
1. Settlement General Information
Country of origin
Reason or purpose (push/pull factors, etc.)
Physical location and geography (map?)
Who came and who was already here?
Type of governments) and religion(s) already here
Type of government and religion(s) were brought by settlers
Type of government and religion imposed by settlers
3. Housing and Architecture
4. Way of Life
How did settlers make a living?
Farmers, military, religious, craftsmen, merchants, etc.
5. Interesting Facts/People
Student choice to include additional information
Projects must also include ONE* of the following supplements to promote the idea
that people should come to live in your colony:
1. Power Point presentation
2. Advertisement poster
4. Newspaper article or News program
6. Dramatic performance
7. Standard format 5 paragraph persuasive paper
8. Detailed map showing settlement layout and structures
Other creative ideas require teacher approval
Projects are also required to include a Bibliography (MLA).
Evaluation and Grading:
Presentation + Supplement + Bibliography = Grade
Creativity and effort are expected and rewarded
Research and historical accuracy must be evident
Research must demonstrate a variety of source mediums
No project duplications (different settlement for each group)
A Suggested Resources list is attached
Information must be plentiful (full panels) and elaborated
These are \',p,''ete\l1 starting points; you are not obligated to use all/any of these
St. Augustine, Florida
http://www.wearefla.co/florida history 2.htm
Ft. Mose, Florida
http://www.kidinfo.com/American History/Colonization Plymouth.html
January, Brendan. The Jamestown Colony: Cornerstone of Freedom (Compass
Point Books, Minneapolis, 2001).
St. Augustine, Florida
Jean Waterbury. The Oldest City: St. Augustine, Saga of Survival (St. Augustine
Historical Society, 1983)
Gannon, Michael. The Cross in the Sand: the Early Catholic Church in Florida
1513-1870 (University Press of Florida, 1983).
Ft. Mose, Florida
Deagan, Kathleen A. & Darcie McMahon. Ft. Mose: Colonial America's Black
Fortress of Freedom (University Press of Florida, 1995).
Daugherty, James. Landing of the Pilgrims (Random House, New York, 1950).
Why were some settlements in the Americas successful while others were
Which country's settlements were the most successful?
Which element, or combination of elements, made them successful?
What were the main reasons some settlements were not successful?
Rank these reasons in order of importance for your colony.
How would you improve upon the methods used by the original settlers of
If you were a Native American at the time, how would you have responded to
the incursion of foreign settlers?
Which European settlement cooperated best with the native population of its
Express your opinion on European colonization in the Americas.
Consider: Was it inevitable? Was it fair?
Why does one European country seek to take over or dominate another?
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