COLONIAL SETTLEMENT What do you know about Colonial Settlements? Europe was a leader in the settlement of colonies in America. Although their attempts were not always successful, by the turn of the 17th century they had a pretty firm start in the New World. Jamestown, the first successful settlement, was founded in 1607 by a stock company searching for gold. Another colony, Plymouth, is the famous site of the first Thanksgiving. The Plymouth Colony was also responsible for the Mayflower Compact, one of the first governing documents of the colonies. The early colonies were divided up into three main areas: the New England Colonies, the Middle Colonies and the Southern Colonies. Each had different social and economic features that were defined in part by their environments. © Copyright NewPath Learning. All Rights Reserved. Permission is granted for the purchaser to print copies for non-commercial educational purposes only. Visit us at www.NewPathLearning.com.
The reasons for settlement were mainly for financial gain, but not everyone that settled in America was seeking riches. Many people, such as the Pilgrims, were looking for religious freedom in the hope of starting a new life. While seemingly harmless, their move to the New World had a devastating impact on the people that were already living in North America- the Native Americans. While some settlements got along and benefitted from the Native Americans, it was not always this way. Disease killed a great number of people during the establishment of the early colonies. The settlement of colonies in America was a long process but eventually a number of settlements began to prosper both economically and socially. These colonies also served as a basis for the political and governmental foundation of the United States. © Copyright NewPath Learning. All Rights Reserved. Permission is granted for the purchaser to print copies for non-commercial educational purposes only. Visit us at www.NewPathLearning.com.