Colonial South America

Colonial South America

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Grade Levels: 6-12

Time Allotment: 75 to 90 minutes

Maine Social Studies Standards: C1, D2, E1, E2

This lesson examines European maps of South America and the Caribbean for illustrations of colonial ambitions. By observing the differing views of South America between nations and time periods, students will better understand the events of the continent's colonization and some its consequences: war, exploration, and enslavement.

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 Columbus Title Page  Colonial Map of Santa Domingo, Bird's Eye  Forlani Map of South America  Wells Map of South America

 Map of South America showing natives with gold  Map of Africa showing Slaves in Chains (Images 232/233 & 188/189)

Map showing Sugar Plantation in South America (Image 296/297)   


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PDF South America Map Mystery Activity

PDF Answer Key

Suggested Reading

Aronson, Marc. Sugar Changed the World. 2010.

Paiewonsky, Michael. Conquest of Eden. 1991.

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