Homework One Answers - Student Four

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Answer 6 out of 8 questions below:

1. Which time period or periods in American History do you expect to enjoy studying the most? Why?

I expect that the colonial period would be the richest source of fascination for me as I would like to know what sorts of things the colonists were thinking when they decided to separate from the most powerful nation on Earth. I know that Jefferson's Declaration of Independence was thoroughly torn down and gutted of many of the points he was trying to proffer to make the declaration seem like the only reasonable thing that could be done, by a reasonable people when faced with a tyrannical rule of a despotic King. Certainly we know that King George's treaties with the native peoples hamstrung the colonies' ability from expanding into rich, fertile lands, but whether this was enough of a factor to lead the colonies to open revolt is another matter.

"Jefferson's Declaration of Independence was thoroughly torn down and gutted of"? Nope. The King didn't deal with the Indians either. Zero points.

2. When do you think Native Americans came here, and was it right for Europeans to settle here afterward?
I'm unsure as to what possible difference when' the "Native Americans" got here, (certainly they were immigrants [whenever it was] when they did get here), as they did not view the land the same way as the Europeans did; they did not survey nor parcel off lots to those who work be expected to "work the land", i.e. farming. Though certain "nations" existed that held onto their traditional lands, fending off rival "nations" and having a rudimentary "agricultural system" that enabled them to thrive, they did not understand the European concept of "owning" the land. They certainly did not have deeds, written on paper that could attest to their "rights" to certain lands. Whether it was "right" or not doesn't seem to enter into it: it happened. Should it have happened the way that it did? Probably not, but then this was the frontier...the only "law" (as such) came at the end of a musket.

Overuse of quotations, and didn't answer the first part of the question. Zero points.

3. Christopher Columbus: overrated, or not given enough credit? Explain.
Given what he knew of the Earth (certainly he knew it to be spherical) he did well. No-one (in Europe) knew that half of the Earth's land lay over the horizon, (way way over!), and Columbus' genius was to see that not getting to China and India was a boon not a debit!
I'd say he is vastly underrated.

Columbus thought he had reached the Far East. Zero points.

4. True or false: the Puritans came to America in order to separate church from state (government). Explain.
This is grossly false. The Puritans just thought the wrong sort of religion was in power, they were keen to see their own brand of Christianity brought to the fore to show how a righteous leadership would rule under God's watchful Eye. Unfortunately they were all too human and the politics of the entire endeavor proved too much for their honest but limited worldview.

The Puritans thrived in New England. Correct that the answer is "false", but otherwise wrong. One point.

5. Why do you think Philadelphia became the most populated city in North America by the mid-1700s, and the second most populated city (after London) in the entire British Empire?
Pennsylvania had had a charter given William Penn by the King himself, Penn opened the colony to all comers and greatly encouraged emigration to it. Philadelphia, situated as it is on Delaware River, was the perfect place to stage a "base camp" for immigrants to mull over just where to put down roots in "Penn's woods". Outfitting and supplying these intrepid souls fell on the less hardy but industrious people of the city of Philadelphia, which grew as the colony swelled with English, Welsh, and (surprisingly?) Germans.

First reasonable answer. You're improving! Full credit.

6. Pick one of the questions or topics from the lecture, and explain your view.
I like thinking about mercantilism and how it affected the colonies; the system was used to keep the colonies subjected to the mother-country since it deprived the colonies of species, (gold, silver) without which they colonists were forced to trade via bartering with each other or trading paper currency (scrip), saving what little gold they could for items they could only get from England, which also controlled how much items costs and what tax would be paid. This was a huge factor in the colonies realizing that England had more to lose than they should they revolt.

No, I don't think the colonies cared whether England had more to lose, and the lack of gold did not prevent the use of other currencies. If the colonies thought England had more to lose, then they would have feared England trying harder to keep the colonies! Zero points.

7. In what ways did the colonies help build the economic strength of England?

Mostly by furnishing raw materials cheaply. Wood, cotton, tobacco were produced in America, sold to finishers in England and then sold all around the world. It wasn't quite "free money" but it came darn close.

Failure to follow directions: answer only 6 out of 8.

8. Spain settled America before England did. So why is the United States an English-speaking nation, rather than a Spanish speaking one?

In the areas where Spain did settle the population is mainly Spanish speaking. Spain didn't settle much of the North American continent above the 30th parallel.

Ditto: failure to follow directions.

Honors Questions (answer any 3)

H1. Learning from the experience of the early settlements and colonies, how might our homeschooling community improve today?

By not allowing children to be spoonfed information to be belched back via rote memory but instill in us the love of learning for its own sake, only then can we be assured that the children so taught will be out and about educating themselves, with the proper nurturing and mentoring those adults around them can provide.

Colorful answer but your point is unclear. One point.

H2. Was it expensive to establish a colony? If so, who paid for it?
In many ways the establishment of a colony was the least expensive way to deal with those unhappy with the status quo. "The Puritans are unhappy with the way we've been treating them? Tell them 'There's always New England!' that they can go to!"

Interesting argument, but doubt it was less expensive than telling unhappy citizens to shut up.

H3. Pick out any mystery of your choice prior to or during this period, such as whether "triangular trade" really existed or why the "Lost Colony" failed, and discuss it. Some examples are at:

H4. Identify one or more colonies for which the King of England revoked their charters and retook control over them. Why?

H5. Discuss any of the debate or discussion topics from the lecture.

Grade 12/90. Keep trying and you should improve.--Andy Schlafly 20:30, 12 February 2011 (EST)
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