UT.I. United States Studies: Students will understand how the exploration and colonization of North America transformed human history.
I.B. The era of the exploration and colonization of the Americas by Europeans marked the beginning of the recorded history of what is now the United States. This period also marked the beginning of global trade and cultural exchanges that would alter the lives of people around the world. This era would significantly affect the range of personal freedom among individuals and groups in the Americas. The growing conflicts between American Indian populations and European colonists, and the expansion of the African slave trade provide contrasts to the emerging development of self-rule.
I.1: Describe and explain the growth and development of the early American colonies.
I.1.a. Using maps -- including pre-1492 maps -- and other geographic tools, locate and analyze the routes used by the explorers.
I.1.c. Identify explorers who came to the Americas and the nations they represented.
I.1.d. Determine reasons for the exploration of North America (e.g., religious, economic, political).