by Us History, Pittsburg High School

This Web Quest is designed to give students a general overview Pre-Columbian North American, the British colonies and the French and Indian War.


Pre-Columbian American to the Colonial Period

 Though the year 1776 is celebrated as the birth of the United States, the history of this country goes much much further back.  In fact, many historians trace the first migration of people to the Americans to around 25,000 years ago.  Over the next thousands of years, a multitude of civilizations flourished in the Americas, as varied in their language, organization and culture as the geography of the continent on which they inhabited.  Then in 1492, a momentous event that heralded great consequences for the original inhabitants of the Americas: the arrival of Columbus.  Throughout the 16th and 17th century, European powers, in particular Spain, France and England, carved up the continent for the enrichment of their great empires.  These European colonies changed the history of the continent irrevocably, both for the indigenous peoples of the Americas and the new European colonists.

 This webquest is intended to give a brief overview of the history of North America from the arrival of the first peoples, to the eve of the revolutionary war that established the United States as a free and independent nation.  In addition to gaining this overview, you will also practice your ability to summarize information, preparing you for the writing skill we will focus on during this first unit.