How did colonial life take shape?



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Chapter 3 – Life in the Colonies (1650-1750)

Essential Question – “How did colonial life take shape?”

Main Ideas

Life in the Colonies



Main Ideas

Supporting Details

Geography effected the economic development of the American Colonies

Regional geographic characteristics led to:

  1. Subsistence farming and commerce (trade) in New England

  2. An economy based on cash crops and industry in the Middle Colonies

  3. A farming economy dependent of slavery in the Southern Colonies

A distinctly American culture began to develop during the colonial period

Americans embraced religion, education, science, and the arts as well as family, and freedom of the press

American ideas about government had their beginnings in both British law and colonial government

The colonists were inspired by the English Bill of Rights and by the English ideals of limited government and representative government – examples:

  1. Parliament

  2. Virginia’s House of Burgesses

Native Americans generally had better relations with the French settlers than the British settlers

  1. The British wanted the support of Native Americans in fighting the French but seized Native American land without paying for it

  2. The French received more Native American help because they traded with them and did not try to take their land




Worldwide competition between England and France for wealth and lands led to conflict in North America

  1. Both Britain and France wanted control of North American resources

  2. Conflicts over fur trading in the Ohio River Valley eventually led to the French and Indian War

The French and Indian War shifted the balance of power in North America

  1. The Treaty of Paris divided North America between Britain and Spain

  2. Conflicts increased between settlers and Native Americans, as well as between the colonists and Britain


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