American history often focuses on the settlement of the thirteen British colonies that join together as the United States. But while the British colonists were settling North America, other European nations were also colonizing North America and the Caribbean, and events in Europe were impacting colonization.
1. From the information on the colonization timeline, how would you describe the English settlement of the New World? Did it occur rapidly or slowly? Did it unfold differently in different geographical locations?
2. What other forces and events affected English colonization?
3. What makes an event or a person important enough to be included on a timeline?
4. Construct a timeline of important historical events that have occurred in your own lifetime. Add to this timeline events about yourself, your family, and your educational institution. How do you fit into history, and how has history affected you?