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American History One Standards

American History One Unpacking

Concepts in the Social Studies Strands

More Money, More Power, More Problems: From Exploration to The Founding of a New Nation
This unit will focus on the time period of the Age of Exploration through the forming of the American nation. Europeans had a variety of reasons for exploration and seeking new places west of the European and African continents. Whether it was the glory of finding new lands and riches to claim for their financers, the adventure of discovery, or the opportunity to spread their religious beliefs Although the explorers, no matter what their nationality, identified with the nation that financed their explorations, Europeans ultimately identified themselves as peoples who were “civilized” and thus were obligated to bring civilization to any area they discovered. The English exploration of North America during the17th century occurred for various reasons. Some groups were pious, self-disciplined people who wanted to escape religious persecution while other groups were set up as business ventures. Both reasons, piety and profits, went hand-in-hand.

While all major nations involved in the exploration of the new world, particularly North America, did so for differing reasons, England's ultimate goal was to colonize and gain increased economic and political power. Their success at colonizing lands that would become the United States was due primarily because of its use of charter companies which sought personal economic gain and, that wanted to advance England's national goals. The private investors financed the new concept of charter companies and monarchies, usually the King, provided each project with a charter or grant which typically conferred economic rights as well as political and judicial authority. This unit will highlight the fact that the colonies generally did not show quick profits and the English investors often turned over their colonial charters to the settlers. The political implications of turning over charters to the settlers turned out to be enormous. The investors and English governments generally left the colonists alone to build their own lives, their own communities, their own economy and their own identity, which soon became less English and more American –and as a result, to start rebelling against what they saw as repressive and abusive behavior from England and start building upon principles they had begun to cultivate in the colonies. Principles that would become the foundations of a new nation with a new government.

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