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17th Century American History Quiz

The 17th Century American History Quiz

As Europe began its colonization of American lands, human history irrevocably changed. The abundance of resources the “New World” had to offer enticed a great many European powers to try and secure a piece of the newly discovered continents for themselves.

As greed and conquest dominated much of the discourse between colonizer and colonized, there were also sporadic hints of cooperation that provided hope for compassion among all human beings.

Take our 17th Century American History Quiz to test your knowledge on this period in history.

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William Penn founded the colony of Pennsylvania as a safe haven for all religions from persecution. What persecuted religion was Penn himself a member of?
17th Century American History Quiz
Lutheranism
Judaism
Catholicism
The Quakers

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Most French settlers of the American colonies came to pursue what career?
Orchard raising
Gold mining
Tin smithing
Fur trading

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The French colonists maintained friendly relations with members of which of the following Native American tribes up until its dissolution in 1649?
The Huron Nation
The Iroquois Nation
The Apache Confederacy
The Lakota-Sioux Nation

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What city became the first permanent French settlement in the Americas in 1608?
Montreal
Quebec
Louisville
Winnipeg

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What is the name of the French program which sent young bachelorettes to the colonies in order to marry and increase the population?
The Duke's Dear Ladies
The Daughters of the King
Lordly Guests
The Ladies of Verdun

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What is the name of the warrior nation of Native Americans which wiped out the Huron Nation and then proceeded to conduct raids against the French settlers in the New World?
The Lakota-Sioux Nation
The Apache Confederacy
The Wabash Nation
The Iroquois Confederacy

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The Dutch began to send colonial ventures to the Americas in 1609 only after winning independence from what European power?
Prussia
France
Spain
Great Britain

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The center of Dutch colonial activity was what colony which would later be renamed to New York?
Virginia
New Amsterdam
Chilicothe
High Isbourne

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What is the name of the famous Dutch explorer who purchased New Amsterdam and began its colonization?
Peter Minuit
Oliver Cromwell
Frederick Barbarossa
Michael Ebert

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In 1655, the Dutch colonial forces conquered Delaware, taking it from colonial forces of what other European power?
France
Prussia
Sweden
Portugal

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What is the name of this famous Dutch colonial governor who conquered Delaware only to shortly after lose all Dutch colonies to New England?
Peter Stuyvesant
William Martel
Hesper Feuillemond
Eisner Knotspin

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What is the name of the French colonial explorer who mapped much of Canada and had Lake Champlain named after him?
Mercutio Leomund Champlain de Trent
Christophe E. Champlain
Vickus von Champlain
Samuel de Champlain

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What is the colloquial name for the 1651 acts passed by the English Parliament forbidding colonists to trade with any power except Great Britain?
The Stamp Acts
The Navigation Acts
The Molasses Act
The Copper Acts

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What colonial town founded in 1607 became the first permanent English Colony in the Americas?
Marysville
Louisbourg
Jamestown
Fredericksburg

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John Rolfe saved the settlement of Jamestown by introducing what cash crop for the farmers there to grow rich off of?
Squash
Tobacco
Peanuts
Wheat

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What is the name of the Powhatan princess who married John Rolfe to establish diplomatic ties between her tribe and Virginia Colony?
Wilma Mankiller
Pocahontas
Koneta
Miniette

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What is the name of the noble who founded the English colony of Maryland?
Terrence O'Galliday
Paul E. Steinway
William Asa Doolittle
George Calvet Baltimore

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The colony of Maryland was meant to provide refuge for what persecuted religious minority in England?
Methodists
Catholics
Jews
Puritans

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Which of the following New England colonies was founded to serve as a colony for English prisoners to start anew in?
Maine
Delaware
Virginia
Georgia

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What is the name of the political figure who founded the colony of Georgia?
James Oglethorpe
Roger Williams
William Bradford
John Smith

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What colony was founded in 1670 in order to plant enough food to feed the colonies which were more focused on farming cash crops?
The Carolina Colony
The Georgia Colony
The Rhode Island Colony
The Virginia Colony

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The House of Burgesses was an early form of colonial self-government established in what colony?
Carolina
Maryland
Virginia
Pennsylvania

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The Pilgrims/Puritans of colonial America were members of what religious group escaping persecution?
Royalists
Calvinists
Ariminians
Episcopals

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The major doctrine which separated Puritan theology from the theology of other Christian sects was their belief in which of the following concepts?
Pre-Destination
Original Sin
The Consubstantial Eucharist
Reconciliation

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What colony served as the initial landing ground for the Puritans which would also become a hub for their religion?
Pennsylvania
Maryland
Virginia
Massachusetts

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What man, after being exiled from Puritan Massachusetts, founded a new colony at Rhode Island?
Earl Quiltbred
Frank Redfort
Andrew Rhodes
Roger Williams

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What woman became a legendary heretic exiled from Puritan Massachusetts for claiming God's "Elect" didn't need to heed any laws human or divine?
Elizabeth Aloise Wrys
Anne Hutchinson
Phillis Wheatley
Sarah Goode

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What is the name of the bloody conflict from 1675-1676 which saw New English colonists fight the forces of the Native American Chief Metacom?
King James' War
King Marcel's War
King Philip's War
King Louis' War

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What is the name of the destructive uprising in Virginia in 1676 which saw colonists brutally murder Native Americans and their sympathizers?
The Whiskey Rebellion
Bacon's Rebellion
The Bonus Army Incident
The Harper's Ferry Incident

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What is the name of the head of the Dominion of New England provisional government who colonists rioted against and sent back to England officially ending the Dominion?
Sir Wendell Fahs
Sir Leopold Hubhart
Sir Wesley Godfrey
Sir Edmund Andros

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