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The English Colonies, 1605-1760
Guide: Settling for Determinism

These resources highlight education, religion, and cultural practices of Pilgrim and Puritan settlers. Use these resources to support students' understanding of life in early colonial settlements. Use the Export to My Lists button above to turn this into a research list for your students.

Time Period Key Understandings

  • New advancements in technology can produce widespread social, cultural, and political change
  • Events can have multiple outcomes and include unintended consequences
  • Powerful nations' ability to control wealth and resources increases their ability to influence other nations
  • Cultural exchanges can occur intentionally and unintentionally
  • A civilization's success and growth is largely dependent on geographical location
  • Culture is the product of shared economic, religious, and political values
  • Regional characteristics can influence people's perspectives

Key Questions

  • Compare and contrast Pilgrims and Puritans; how were their views and practices similar and different?
  • What were the early experiences of Pilgrims and Puritan encounters with Native Americans like?
  • Many early European colonists came to North American to practice religious freedom. To what extent were these colonists able to practice religion freely?


  1. Overview: Settling for Determinism
  2. Outlines: Outline
  3. Lesson: Introduction
  4. Lesson: 1-Pilgrims and Puritans
  5. Lesson: 2- Colonists and Native Americans
  6. Lesson: 3-The First Thanksgiving
  7. Lesson: 4-Dissent among the Colonists
  8. Lesson: Closing
  9. Facts & Figures: Colonies: Religious Census, 1775
  10. Reference Articles: Calvinism
  11. Reference Articles: Colonial Religion
  12. Reference Articles: Puritans and Native Americans
  13. Reference Articles: Pilgrims
  14. Reference Articles: Society of Friends
  15. Biographies: Hutchinson, Anne
  16. Biographies: Winthrop, John
  17. Political, Government & Court Documents: Hutchinson, Anne: Trial (1637)
  18. Political, Government & Court Documents: Mayflower Compact (1620)
  19. Political, Government & Court Documents: New England Confederation: Charter (1643)

MLA Citation

"Settling for Determinism." History Hub, ABC-CLIO, 2019, historyhub.abc-clio.com/Support/Content/2153061?cid=256. Accessed 20 Sept. 2019.

Entry ID: 2153061

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