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Colonial history of the United States


Changing cultural values of people depends on the climate, resources, and social history. To trace the changes in the history of the United States need to analyze all these factors.

The history of the United States is short, unlike most of the world, but it was very eventful. Native American Culture underwent major changes because of the numerous colonies and their influence on the lives and activities of Americans.

I chose this subject of the report because I wanted to track these changes and to understand difficult structure of the American culture.

The first chapter describes the historical events in colonial America. The second chapter contains information about the culture, which was in colonial America. The third chapter describes the Native American Culture, and the fourth, then how Russia has affected the culture of America.


Colonial history of the United States

The colonial history of the United States covers the history from the start of European settlement until 1776 when the Thirteen Colonies declared their independence as the United States of America. In the late 16th century, England, France, Spain and the Netherlands launched major colonization programs in eastern North America. European settlers came from a variety of social and religious groups. No aristocrats settled permanently, but a number of adventurers, soldiers, farmers, and tradesmen arrived. Ethnic diversity was an American characteristic as the Dutch of New Netherlands, the Swedes and Finns of New Sweden, the English Quakers of Pennsylvania, the English Puritans of New England, the English settlers of Jamestown, and the "worthy poor" of Georgia, came to the new continent and built colonies with distinctive social, religious, political and economic styles. They all lived side by side in peace. There were no major civil wars among the 13 colonies, and the two chief armed rebellions (in Virginia in 1676 and in New York in 1689-91) were short-lived failures. Wars between the French and the British -- the "French and Indian wars" were recurrent, and involved French-support for Indian attacks on the frontiers. By 1760 France was defeated and the British seized its colonies.

The four distinct regions were: New England, the Middle Colonies, the Chesapeake Bay Colonies (Upper South) and the Lower South. Some historians add a fifth region, the frontier, which was never separately organized. By the time European settlers arrived around 1600–1650, the majority of the Native Americans living in the eastern United States had been decimated by new diseases, introduced to them decades before by explorers and sailors.


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