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Lesson 6

North and Central America



  • Attendance
  • Bible Verse
  • Prayer
  • Map Challenge
  • Exploring Native Tribes
  • Cherokee Example
  • European Colonization

Proverbs 12:22

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World Geography

North and Central America Political Map

United States Political Map East of the Mississippi

United States Political Map Challenge

North America Physical Map Challenge

Focus on the United States Political Map East of the Mississippi if you are not comfortable with these states yet! Then once you get a 100%, move on to study the rest ๐Ÿ˜Š

Map Challenge

Early Indian Tribes East of the Mississippi, 1600

Did you know that Sequoya spent years developing an 86 symbol Cherokee language? Why are written languages essentail for cultures?

Natives of America





East of the Mississippi

Early America

The first to settle North America, were the Native Americans who traveled across a land bridge from Asia. Each group, developed its own culture, language, religion, and lifestyle.

When we understand our past, we can appreciate the sacrifices, growth, and see what still needs to be accomplished.

How did the Natives interact with their environment?

Example Tribe: CHerokee

Human Environment interaction

Natives East of Mississippi

Life would change in the 15th century

Depending on the climate, Natives used grasses, vines, and reeds to build open air homes while some used stone, caves, and earth for mound cities.

They burned wood to heat their homes in the winter. Hunted woodland animals for food and used animal skin for warmth.

Plants, animals, stones, water, soil and the northern woodland areas were used to make their homes and bring success to their daily life. Peaceful trade and territorial attacks took place between tribes at times.

Imperialism: The action to acquire more lands comes from a desire to have control over the natural resources within an area.

European Colonization

Hearing about endless forests, rivers overflowing with fish, mountains filled with gold and silver ...all of this and more lead monarchies on a rush to imperialize the new land.

1.7 million



Jamestown, Virginia

First Colonists

While the land was rich with resources, many of the first colonists died due to starvation and lack of supplies. With time, they adapted to natural resources, environment, and developed proper medicine. Eventually, the strain of the monarchies across the ocean would lead to revolution for supplies, resources, and representation through democracy.

By 1650

St. Augustine, Florida


Click here to watch a brief video for Early Jamestown CUlture

Founded in 1607, the English town of Jamestown and then later in 1620 the English town of Plymouth were built on lands that the natives had used. English colonists turned lands for hunting into lands for farming. The use of the land changed drastically.

English Settlement

As more Europeans traveled to the New Land, the population quickly grew. By 1650, 52,000 colonists were in America. By 1700, it was about 250,000. By 1760, an estimated 1.7 million!

Population Patterns

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Founded in 1565, St. Augustine is touted as the first permanent European Settlement in what is now the United States. In 1672, construction on the stone fort began to help protect the colony from pirate attacks.

Spanish Settlement