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Colonial America refers to the period of American history (roughly late 15th century to the mid-19th century) when European states exercised political control over indigenous Americans and European settlers in the Americas. Colonial powers in the Americas included the Spanish, British, French, Portuguese, Dutch, Swedes, and Russians. The term is sometimes taken to refer to pre-Revolution British colonies that would eventually become the United States.

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Britain governed the 13 colonies through trading companies that were much like the East India Company. The one for Virginia was called the Virginia Company. The one for Massachusetts was the Massachus …
answered Aug 18 '16 by Tom Au
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Most of the executed people at the Salem Witch trials were women. There were only six men (out of 19). Most of the accused, at least initially, were poor, or social outcasts. Sarah Good was a beggar. …
answered Dec 17 '14 by Tom Au
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In order to allow "Connecticut" to "rival" or "compete with" Massachusetts, the king had to keep it out of Massachusetts. The reason was that several bands of refugees had left what we now know as M …
answered Sep 1 '17 by Tom Au
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The regions' cultures did not begin to unify before the Revolutionary War. They remained very different until the time of the Civil War, which is why the latter took place. What is true is that differ …
answered Sep 20 '16 by Tom Au
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The Tea Act did not involve new taxes.It was, however, designed to give the British East India Company (BEIC) a monopoly on tea trade. Prior to this, Americans drank a lot of untaxed tea from other s …
answered Jul 21 '16 by Tom Au
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One important factor was the warmer weather in most parts of the south. That led to two important effects: 1) the cultivability of cash crops such as cotton and sugar, and 2) relatively short winters. …
answered Dec 15 '15 by Tom Au
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Your thesis is borne out by some "American" history, but a better source of instruction is post colonial, rather than "Native American" history. South America is divided east and west, roughly 50-50 …
answered Mar 11 by Tom Au
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During the 17th and 18th centuries, the British used the term "colony" mostly in your second sense of the word. That is, more or less empty land populated by "settlers."The "natives" either left, died …
answered Aug 18 '16 by Tom Au
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There were several reasons. The first was that most of the LOCAL (to Massachusetts and parts of Connecticut) Indians had either been involved with King Philip, and were defeated, or conversely, had al …
answered Oct 23 '11 by Tom Au
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The main difference is that most of the British 13 colonies were "settlements," while the French and Spanish holdings were really "colonies." "New France" was based on the trade in furs, sugar, and o …
answered Nov 24 '14 by Tom Au
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Cojo Creek was named for the lame chief of the Churnash Indian tribe, the first people that the Spanish met near what is now the Rancho Punta de la Concepción in August 1769.
answered Oct 5 '17 by Tom Au
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In their book, "Generations,"William strauss and Neil Howe describe the Puritans as both, "progressive" when young, "prudes" when old. This is more or less true of the so-called "Idealist" generationa …
answered Jul 10 '13 by Tom Au
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No. Although the Treaty of Tordesillas technically divided the non-European world between Spain and Portugal, the real issue was Spanish Portuguese rivalry over what we now call South America. The r …
answered May 25 by Tom Au
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The Russian-American Company was founded under the auspices of the Tsar. Hence, it was not really a "private" company, but what we Americans would call a government sponsored entity (GSE). Think "Fann …
answered Dec 30 '17 by Tom Au
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Silver was extracted mainly from large, deep mines. The largest of these was at Potosi in modern day Bolivia. It employed nearly 60,000 people. Rain was not much of a problem because it was located in …
answered Jun 13 '17 by Tom Au

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