🚀 Thematic Guides
Theme 1 (NAT) - American and National Identity
Theme 2 (WXT) - Work, Exchange, and Technology
Theme 3 (GEO) - Geography and The Environment
Theme 4 (MIG) - Migration and Settlement
Theme 5 (PCE) - Politics and Power
Theme 7 (ARC) - American and Regional Culture
Theme 8 (SOC): Social Structures
🌽 Unit 1: 1491-1607
1.1Context: European Encounters in the Americas
1.6Cultural Interactions Between Europeans, Native Americans, and Africans
🦃 Unit 2: 1607-1754
2.0Unit 2 Overview: Contextualization
2.3The Regions of the British Colonies
2.5Interactions between Native Americans and Europeans
2.6Slavery in the Colonies
🔫 Unit 3: 1754-1800
3.6The Influence of Revolutionary Ideals
3.10Shaping a New Republic
🐎 Unit 4: 1800-1848
4.2The Rise of Political Parties and the Era of Jefferson
4.3Politics and Regional Interests
4.8Jackson and Federal Power
4.9The Development of an American Culture
4.10The Second Great Awakening
4.11the age of reform
4.12African Americans in the Early Republic
💣 Unit 5: 1844-1877
5.5Sectional Conflict: Regional Differences
5.6Failure of Compromise
5.7Election of 1860 and Secession
5.9Government Policies during the Civil War
🚂 Unit 6: 1865-1898
6.2Westward Expansion: Economic Development
6.3Westward Expansion Social and Cultural Development
6.6The Rise of Industrial Capitalism
6.7Labor in the Gilded Age
6.9Responses to Immigration
🌎 Unit 7: 1890-1945
7.0Unit 7 Overview: Contextualization
7.3The Spanish-American War
7.5World War I: Military and Diplomacy
7.6World War I: Home Front
7.81920s: Cultural and Political Controversies
7.9The Great Depression
7.10The New Deal
7.11Interwar Foreign Policy
7.12World War II: Mobilization
🥶 Unit 8: 1945-1980
8.2The Cold War from 1945-1980
8.3The Red Scare
8.4Economy after 1945
8.6Early Steps in the Civil Rights Movement
8.7America as a World Power
8.8The Vietnam War
8.10The African American Civil Rights Movement
8.11The Expansion of the Civil Rights Movement
📲 Unit 9: 1980-Present
9.0Unit 9 Overview: Contextualization
9.2Reagan and Conservatism
9.3The End of the Cold War
9.6Challenges of the 21st Century
🧐 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
📋 Short Answer Questions (SAQ)
⏱️ 2 min read
May 28, 2020
The Atlantic Ocean was a highway that brought people from Europe, Africa and the Americas together. Various goods, such as raw materials, foodstuffs, and textiles were exchanged. Most importantly, the interactions and exchanges of people took place. These foreign contacts would have a significant impact on Europeans, colonists, black slaves and Native Indians.
Mercantilism was an economic theory that was used by most European countries from c. 1500-1750. Mercantilists believed that money (gold and silver) was power and that the more gold you accumulated the more power you had. To get the gold, a country had to export more than it imported. In essence, mercantilist countries try to export (sell) as much as possible, while importing (buying) as little as possible, thus building up their gold reserves.
This theory was a European justification of acquiring colonies. Europeans could export products to their colonies for money while also importing products from the colonies that they needed.
Any hope that the colonists had for economic independence was crushed by the British policy of forbidding colonial trade with other countries. These Navigation Laws, started in 1650, were not always strictly enforced and caused some colonists to smuggle products. This “salutary neglect” by Britain lasted until 1763, when the Brits felt compelled to enforce laws to get money to pay the debts from the French and Indian War.
There were some advantages to mercantilism for the colonists. Those colonists who produced shipping parts and tobacco for Britain had a permanent, lucrative British customer who demanded these products. Overall, mercantilism had a trickle down effect on the prosperity of the colonies.
However, most colonists despised mercantilism in principle because it did not allow them economic freedom to produce what they wanted and to sell it to other countries. The South produced rice, cotton and tobacco-all products that the British needed. New England would be jealous of this favoritism. Southerners also despised Britain because Britain controlled prices and the products that the southerners had to purchase.
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Triangular trade emerged as a result of mercantilism. In this international system, the Americas would send raw materials to Europe and Africa, Europe would supply Africa and America with finished goods, and Africa would capture and transport black slaves to the Americas. The Americans would produce and send lumber, ship parts, iron products, furs, and tobacco to Europe, who in turn would supply the Americas with cloth, iron tools, tea, and furniture. Africa would send black slaves to the Americas.
The West Indies were a significant part of trade with the Americas. Sugar and molasses went North to New England to make rum, which was then sent to Africa. Colonial food and timber was then sent to Jamaica and other profitable islands.
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