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Who Were the Colonists? (Grade 8)

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Who Were the Colonists?

The first European colonists came from which country?
  1. Portugal
  2. England
  3. France
  4. Spain
The early Spanish explorers and colonists were called                                 .
For what reasons did conquistadors leave their home country for the unknown in the Americas?

Many of the early French settlers were merchants who engaged in what type of lucrative trade?
  1. timber
  2. slaves
  3. gold
  4. fur
Known as the King's Daughters, Louis XIV sent 800 single women to the French colonies in order to boost their population.
  1. True
  2. False
Marriages between French colonists and Native Americans were strictly forbidden.
  1. True
  2. False
With an adequate food supply and clean water, French colonists in Canada were generally healthier than their counterparts in France.
  1. True
  2. False
French women in Canada typically had fewer rights than women who lived in France.
  1. True
  2. False
At least a half of the European colonists making the journey to North America between the middle of the 17th century and the American Revolution were indentured servants.
  1. True
  2. False
Why would a person agree to become an indentured servant?

Many individuals were willing to indenture themselves for a passage to the Americas because decades of wars in Europe had severely hurt the European economy.
  1. True
  2. False
The initial colonists to Virginia were hoping to make money by sending what back to England?
  1. fur
  2. gold
  3. corn
  4. tobacco
Unable to get crops growing because they were gentlemen rather than farmers, many of the initial colonists at Jamestown died within the first year.
  1. True
  2. False
Plymouth was founded by which group of separatists from the Church of England seeking freedom to practice their religion?
  1. Puritans
  2. Pilgrims
  3. Quakers
  4. Huguenots
Maryland was founded to provide English Catholics a refuge from the persecution they faced in England.
  1. True
  2. False
Mennonites and Amish fled persecution in Germany to settle in which colony?
  1. Georgia
  2. New York
  3. Pennslyvania
  4. Massachusetts Bay
Many of the Dutch colonists were Walloons from Belgium.
  1. True
  2. False
The log cabin was introduced by settlers from Germany.
  1. True
  2. False
The Carolinas were originally colonized by wealthy rice planters by way of the island of Barbados.
  1. True
  2. False
Debtors, who would be sent to prison in England, were the first colonists in which colony?
  1. Rhode Island
  2. Providence
  3. Mayland
  4. Georgia
What was the occupation of most New England colonists?
  1. fisher
  2. farmer
  3. privateer
  4. fur trader

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