Colonial Worldview

Colonial Worldview

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Grade Levels: 9-12

Time Allotment: 60 to 75 minutes

Maine Social Studies Standards: C1, C2, D2, E1, E2

This lesson uses European maps from before the American Revolution to show how Europeans saw the world and its inhabitants. By highlighting images of people, symbols, resources and tools, this lesson asks the following questions: Why did Europeans think colonialism was morally justifiable? Why did they want to colonize? How were they able to colonize so many parts of the world?

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238 Image  262 Image  Title Page Ortelius  Champlain Map of New France  Suetter Map of New England using Jansson Plates

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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Suggested Reading

Daston, Lorraine. Wonders and the Order of Nature, 1150 - 1750. 2001.

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