Europeans in the New World

Europeans in the New World

Why did Europeans come to the New World? Why did they feel that land was there for the taking? How did they justify their expansion?

How did generational differences between white settlers and Wampanoag affect the outcome of colonization? Examine the differences between Massasoit and his son. Philip as well as Edward Winslow and his son, Josiah.

How did the combination of disease, environmental imbalance, and new trading opportunities change Native communities? How did they adapt to survive?

Why did Philip take a stand to fight a war even though he had been warned about its potential devastation? What caused such high causalities on both sides of King Philip’s War?

Why do you think some Native peoples who converted to Christianity chose to fight with the English? Why didn’t tribes join together in fighting the English?

Why was the conversion process of Native Americans to Christianity complicated? Was conversion among Native Americans the same as among Europeans?

Why might Philip have thought the English settlements would not band together against him? Describe the issues the divided the English settlements. Describe the issues that united the different English settlements.

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