Period 2: 1607-1754

Haley McLaughlin - January 4, 2016

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Captain John Smith

  • Founded and governed the Jamestown settlement. in 1607.
  • Helped the colony of Jamestown survive through its first five years.
  • Led with military discipline and martial law.

"If you don't work, you don't eat." - Captain John Smith

New England Confederation

  • Formed in 1643, and lasted until 1684.
  • The New England colonies were under constant threat of Native Americans, the Dutch, and the French.
  • The colonies formed a military alliance which was known as the New England Confederation.

Stono Rebellion

  • Slaves were being harshly treated by their masters.
  • Approximately 100 slaves joined together, seized weapons, and killed whites.
  • Through the violence, they attempted to escape to Florida.

First Great Awakening

  • Time of expressions of religious feeling among people.
  • Led by Johnathan Edwards and George Whitefield.
  • Both Edwards and Whitefield spoke sermons of God and being saved by Jesus Christ.

John Peter Zenger

  • John Peter Zenger was a newspaper printer.
  • He was charged with libelously criticizing New York's royal government.
  • The John Peter Zenger Trial began, and his lawyer argued that he printed the truth, and should not be punished for being honest.
When is Thanksgiving? Colonizing America: Crash Course US History #2

Themes Adressed


  • The First Great Awakening was a time a religious reform led by Johnathan Edwards and George Whitefield.
  • The Enlightenment was a European movement in literature and philosophy that became popular in America.
  • Each movement changed the way that colonists looked at ideas like religion and philosophy.


  • There were three distinct racial groups of people in America during this time period, they were Native Americans, Europeans, and African Slaves.
  • Each group had their own culture that they lived by, and occasionally shared with other groups.