Complete powerpoint unit on the Continental Period of US History. Beginning with Jamestown and culminating with the French and Indian War, this unit covers a multitude of both historical and economic factors leading to the growth and prosperity of the American colonies. Topics covered are the economic reasons for the settlement of Jamestown and how tobacco saved the colony. The early importation of African slaves to the colonies. Early relations between the colonists and the Native Americans. Puritans and how their motivation was different than the Jamestown colonists in regards to settlement. Early wars with the Native Americans and the settlement of the Middle Colonies and the economic differences that begin to arise between the northern and southern colonies.