This activity requires access to the website www.geacron.com. GeaCron is an interactive map website whereby users enter a year or series of years, and political boundaries are instantly drawn on a world map. Even if you aren't interested in this resource, go check the website out. It is excellent.
This activity asks students to zoom in on North America and enter 10 years (1600 - 1686). Students toggle between the years, and the map redraws the political boundaries that define Spanish, French, and British colonies.
All questions require students to reference the map. Examples of questions:
Change the map view to the year 1600. What country had a colony in North America? Where was it located?
The first permanent British (Brit) settlement in North America was founded in 1607. This colony was an economic venture whose primary purpose was to make money for England. Switch between the 1600 / 1608 map views. Where is this colony located? How would you describe its geographical size?
Which three European countries had a settlement in North America in 1608?
The Plymouth Colony was founded in the year 1620. Unlike other European settlements of the time (New Netherland, New France, and Virginia) the Pilgrims who settled in New England were not motivated by economic reasons. Most of these settlers fled England to escape religious persecution. The New England colony of Plymouth was founded in what present – day state?
England granted a charter to a new colony in North America in 1632. By 1635 this colony had become a successful tobacco producer, and its economy and territory had grown. What was the name of this third British colony?