The 16th and 17th Century Turning Points in U.S. History series chronicles decisive events – chaptered into individual segments – in the crucial colonial period that would lead to the founding of the United States of America. To the south, Spain occupied Florida and the desert southwest; to the north, France took hold along the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River; and England settled along the eastern seaboard of the Atlantic. Names come alive from America’s past. Some are well known, like Ponce de Leon, John Smith, Pocahontas, Father Jacques Marquette and William Penn; some are lesser known, such as Pedro Menendez, John Winthrop, Anne Hutchinson, Peter Stuyvesant, Metacom and Robert La Salle. All will become instantly recognizable to students.
The 16th and 17th centuries were the formative 200 years leading to the creation of the United States of America. They started with Spanish conquistadors exploring the southeastern United States and ended with 12 English colonies firmly in place along the Atlantic seaboard with well established ideals of self governance, democracy and religious tolerance.
Web resources include downloadable documents:
* Teacher’s Guide
* Primary Source Documents