Colonies: Economic Motivations for Colonization

Colonies: Economic Motivations for Colonization
Colonies: Economic Motivations for Colonization
Colonies: Economic Motivations for Colonization
Colonies: Economic Motivations for Colonization
Colonies: Economic Motivations for Colonization
Colonies: Economic Motivations for Colonization
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Would you leave your country to colonize another? HUNT for various economic reasons colonist emigrated from Europe and settled in North America, including to engage in farming in Virginia and the fur trade. Students also build their understanding of the role that cooperation and conflict with Native Americans and forced labor played in the success of colonists seeking wealth in the New World.

In order to answer each question, students must read and analyze sources to determine which source answers each question. This lesson can be easily adapted into a whole group, small group, or partner activity.

Make teaching easy and learning fun with another engaging social studies lesson that will make history come alive.

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  • 8 Scavenger Hunt Questions
  • 8 Sources (including 4 primary, charts, short paragraphs)

STANDARD-BASED

5.8.1 Cite evidence of the economic motivations for European exploration and settlement in the Americas using economic concepts such as supply and demand and scarcity.

COVERS PRIORITY CONTENT AND CONCEPTS

● Explain why having a permanent colony in the Americas is beneficial to European countries using the terms supply, demand, and scarcity. ● Explain economic motivations for colonists to leave Europe and settle in the Americas. ● Explain why the price of fur pelts went up over time, and why prices motivated French colonists to come to N. America.

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