Social Studies

Native Americans & Explorers

  • Throughout history, there have always been people who have explored places far from where they lived.
  • Exploration enabled people to draw accurate maps of the land and sea areas on Earth.
  • Exploration occurred for many reasons (For example: science, trade routes, silk, spices, gold, conquest of land).
  • The impact of exploration on native people and the land included social/ cultural, economic, political, and geographic factors.

Colonial America

  • A colony is a group of people who settle in a place far from their native land, but who remain under the control of the country they left.
  • A study of Colonial America focuses on social, cultural, political, and economic factors.  These factors helped shape our local community and connects us to New York State and the United States.
  • The geography and natural resources of the three colonial regions greatly influenced the daily lives of the colonists.

American Revolution

  • The main causes of the American Revolution included: the French and Indian War, taxes levied on the colonists by the King and parliament, the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, the Intolerable Acts, and the battle of Lexington and Concord.
  • There were loyalists and patriots in New York and the other colonies.
  • Colonists protested the taxes and Acts.
  • The Declaration of Independence laid the foundation for a new government and expressed the ideals of American democracy.
  • The effects of the American Revolution included a new nation.