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    Describe the founding of European nations' first colonies in the New World. Give 2-3 examples.

    Explain the relationship between the expansion of British America, the decline of the Native American population in the east, and the transition from indentured servitude to race-based servitude in the period of 1660-1700.

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    Early Colonies of Europe in North America

    The earliest recorded arrival and occupation of North American territories by Europeans is that of the Norsemen - Viking sailors from Scandinavia in the 10th century. This group of Norsemen were also the ones that colonized Greenland and parts of Canada - specifically the L'anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland in a transatlantic exploration effort. the 15th century, The Spanish, in their contest with the Portuguese to conquer the known world via the Treaty of Tordesillas in 1494 sailed into the Caribbean, establishing territories there including Lucayans in the Bahamas, Taino in Cuba as well as the islands of Hispaniola, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Cuba and Trinidad, put under control from 1493 to 1530. The names of famous European explorers include Christopher Columbus and when the British arrived - Sir Francis Drake. Further up, while the French, Dutch and the British Explored the cost of what is now the Atlantic cost of the US and Canada, permanent colonies were not established until 1606 when English pioneers established Jamestown in present-day Virginia. Setting off from London in 3 ships under Capt. Christopher Newport, those who made the journey became part of the very first British and European settlement in the New World. It was set by the river and designed for both trading and defence. This was followed in 1620 by the Plymouth Colony in present-day Massachusetts, also established by British pioneers and led by the sailor Capt. John Smith. Its population was made up of separatists from the Anglican Church (Pilgrims) who sought life in the New World for religious freedom. The survival of the Plymouth population in its first winters is credited to the cooperation and friendship they established with the local Native Americans of the area - the Squanto and the Pawtuxet. In 1691 the Plymouth Colony merged with the Massachusetts Bay Colony to become the Province of Massachusetts Bay.

    British Expansion

    By 1775, there were 13 colonies established ...

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    The solution provides information, assistance and advise in tackling the task (see above) on topics in early US history, with a focus on Pre-colonial and colonial North America. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic. A word version is attached.