Colonies, Mercantilism, & Trade


Last week we looked at the Spanish colonization and the impact it had upon the Native American population. Next we will begin by looking at the colonies and territories of other European nations in the New World. We will briefly examine the Portuguese, French, British and the Dutch


Next we will examine the changes that Exploration & colonization brought to the areas of trade and the economy. During the 1500s Europeans developed a new type of economic policy called mercantilism. Mercantilism believed that a nation’s strength depended on its wealth. Wealth was measured by the amount of gold & silver that a nation possessed and since Europeans believed that there was a fixed amount of wealth in the world then they thought that for a nation to become more powerful then it had to take wealth & power away from other nations. Mercantilism then led to competition & intense international  rivalry.  The link to the Powerpoint is just below.

Colonies, Mercantilism, &Trade Powerpoint


Afterwards you will be given time for your group work which will be due at weeks end. As long as you work at your group work then you will not have any additional work that day.


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