Apush essays for the first unit: Age of Discovery Europeans, Native Americans, and Africans



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APUSH ESSAYS FOR THE FIRST UNIT: Age of Discovery - Europeans, Native Americans, and Africans


  1. Analyze the cultural and economic responses of TWO of the following groups to the Indians of North America before 1750. British, French, Spanish 2002

2. Early encounters between American Indians and European colonists led to a variety of relationships among the different cultures. Analyze how the actions taken by BOTH American Indians and European colonists shaped those relationships in TWO of the following regions. Confine your answer to the 1600s. New England Chesapeake Spanish Southwest New York and New France 2008


3. Analyze the differences between the Spanish settlements in the Southwest and the English colonies in New England in the seventeenth century in terms of TWO of the following:

Politics Religion Economic development 2006


4 How did economic, geographic, and social factors encourage the growth of slavery as an important part of the

Economy of the southern colonies between 1607 and 1775? 2001


5 What role did unfree labor play in colonial American society?

Development of the British North American colonies: economic, political, social, cultural, geographical, religious facotors


6. “Geography was the primary factor in shaping the development of the British colonies in North America.” Assess the

validity of this statement for the 1600’s. 2005 B

7 Compare and contrast the ways in which economic development affected politics in Massachusetts and Virginia in the period from 1607 to 1750. 2005
8 Although the thirteen American colonies were founded at different times by people with different motives and with different forms of colonial charters and political organization,, by 1750 the thirteen colonies had become remarkably similar. Assess the validity of this statement.
9 In the seventeenth century, New England Puritans tried to create a model society. What were their aspirations, and to what extent were those aspirations fulfilled during the seventeenth century?
10. Throughout the colonial period, economic concerns had more to do with the settling of British North America than did religious concerns. Assess the validity of this statement with specific reference to economic and religious concerns. 1990
11. For the period before 1750, analyze the ways in which Britain’s policy of salutary neglect influenced the development of American society as illustrated in the following: Legislative assemblies Commerce Religion 1995
12. Analyze the extent to which religious freedom existed in the British North American colonies prior to 1700. 1998
13. Compare the ways in which religion shaped the development of colonial society (to 1740) in TWO of the following regions: New England; Chesapeake; Middle Atlantic 2002
14. "Britain's wars for empire, far more than its mercantilist policies, dictated the economic fortunes of Britain's North American colonies in the eighteenth century." Assess. . . .
15. Analyze the impact of Atlantic trade routes established in the mid 1600’s on economic development in the British North American colonies. Consider the period 1650-1750. 2002 B

Conflicts in the 17th and 18th centuries


16. Compare the ways in which TWO of the following reflected tensions in colonial society. Bacon’s Rebellion (1676) Pueblo Revolt (1680) Salem witchcraft trials (1692) Stono Rebellion (1739) 2003 B

17. Settlers in the eighteenth century American backcountry sometimes resorted to violent protest to express their grievances. Analyze the causes and significance of TWO of the following: March of the Paxton Boys Regulator movement Shays' Rebellion Whiskey Rebellion 2007

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