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Original American Colonies Quiz

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What city, that was one of the most important in all Colonial America, serves as the home to the now-iconic Liberty Bell?
Annapolis
New York City
Boston
Philadelphia

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What is the name of the colony that was one of the first on american soil but vanished with the only trace of its existence being a carving of the word "Croatoan" in a tree?
Jamestown
Maryland
Georgetown
Roanoke

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The "new world" of America was given its name after which of the following explorers and cartographers?
Rito Americanno
Amerigo Vespucci
Ameri Fontbeau
Lars Amerik

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The Pennsylvania Colony was one of the first in America and was built as a haven from religious persecution. The religious sect that primarily settled here from Europe was which of the following?
Catholics
Mormons
Quakers
Puritans

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The Hudson River was a body of water that served as an early inlet to the North American continent. What explorer was the Hudson River named after?
Hudson Cornwall
Matthew Hudson
Husdon Pine
Henry Hudson

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The first Thanksgiving happened in an area that is in what present day state?
Massachusetts
Vermont
Delaware
Connecticut

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Which of the following settlements is considered the first truly permanent European one in the United States?
Jamestown
Roanoke
Concord
Boston

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How many people were executed in the infamous Salem Witch Trials that occurred in the 1600's?
10
19
31
50

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King James II of England united the colonial areas of New England, New York, and New Jersey and called the new bundled territory which of the following?
The Dominion of New England
The Duchy of Albany
The Province of New Jamestown
The New Anglo Isles

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The coalition of colonies from the prior question was eventually dismantled thanks in part to a political revolt in 1689 that occurred in which city?
Lexington
Charlottesville
Boston
New York City

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Which colony was founded by the political and religious ideologist James Oglethorpe?
The Georgia Colony
The Connecticut Colony
The North Carolina Colony
The South Carolina Colony

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What country established colonies in what is now known as Alaska hoping to improve their access to precious furs?
Sweden
Finland
Russia
China

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In 1676, the Virginia Colony witnessed a large uprising that sought to remove the reigning governor of the colony from office. What was the name of this political rebellion?
Bacon's Rebellion
The Burgmeist Uprising
The Richmond Rebellion
Shay's Rebellion

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Because they wanted to increase their population, the French made a declaration that any Native Americans living in their colonies who converted to Catholicism would be called naturalized French citizens. What famous French Cardinal came up with this proclamation?
Dumas
La Fontaine
Richilieu
Baptiste

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What Spanish priest is thought to be responsible for much of the early settlement of the original California Territory because of the missions he founded there?
Junipero Serra
Lothario Vasco
Rico Hassietti
Releyier Masco

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What was the name of the original colony that housed the land that is present day New York?
New Prussia
New Netherlands
New Albany
New France

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What great colonial American city was the location of the first ever publicly supported free library in the world?
Savannah
Jamestown
New York City
Boston

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The Virginia Colony was founded by what pioneer and frontiersman?
James Oglethrope
John Winthrop
John Smith
John Rolfe

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In a truly bizarre incident, The Battle of the Frogs in 1754 was an incident where people of what town were startled by a sudden conflict in which rival amphibians murdered each other by the hundreds in order to secure the last of the water in a nearby pond?
Providence
Windham
Charleston
Annapolis

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The colony of Pennsylvania was started as a haven for Quakers and was founded by what man?
John Winthrop
James Oglethrope
William Penn
Roger Williams

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The infamous Salem Witch Trials occurred in which colony?
The New Hampshire Colony
The Carolina Colony
The Georgia Colony
The Massachusetts Bay Colony

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What Spanish conquistador and explorer gained renown for marching through Mexico all the way up to Kansas in the 1500's?
Hernan Cortes
Juan Ponce de Leon
Vasco de Gama
Francisco Coronado

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What colony, when originally founded, had a ban on alcohol and slavery in order to make it a more moral place?
The Georgia Colony
The Colony of North Carolina
The Massachusetts Bay Colony
The Delaware Colony

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Which of the following lands wasn't involved in the triangular trade that dominated much of the economy of western civilization during this time frame?
The Philippines
Europe
The Americans
Africa

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What was the term for the individuals who came to the Americas using another individual's money and then worked for that individual until their debt was repaid?
Yankee
Layworker
Indentured servant
Migrant employee

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The Puritans, a religious sect responsible for many of the early American settlements, were a branch that separated from what other Christian sect?
The Eastern Orthodox Church
The Baptist Church
The Methodist Church
The Church of England

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The French and Indian War was one that rocked the American continent to its core. In Europe, affairs weren't much better. What was the European name for this conflict?
The Ten Years' War
The Seven Years' War
The Five Years' War
The Four Years' War

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Which of the following Native American tribes was formed from the combination of many other tribes who fled South into Florida to escape the encroaching settlers?
The Seminole
The Cheyenne
The Nez Perce
The Algonquin

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What English financing company was responsible for the funding of the Jamestown Colony?
The Radcliffe Corporation
The East India Company
The Virginia Company
The London Company

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What legendary Spanish explorer is responsible for leading the first European expedition to what is now the state of Florida?
Vasco de Gama
Juan Ponce de Leon
Hernan Cortez
Francisco Coronado

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The Puritan believer and political activist John Winthrop came to America and was heavily responsible for the creation of which of the following colonies?
The Georgia Colony
The Jamestown Colony
The Colony of New Amsterdam
The Massachusetts Bay Colony

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What Puritan radical, after being driven from his home in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, ended up founding the Colony of Rhode Island?
Alexander Cobblepot
Francisco Coronado
Roger Williams
William Penn

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Around the year 1719, the government of France sent prisoners and prostitutes to settle down, get married, and farm which colony?
The Colony of Quebec
The Mississippi Territory
The Louisiana Territory
The Colony of Missouri

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The colony that was known as New Netherlands eventually became renamed to which of the following?
New York
North Carolina
Maine
Ohio

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One of the lesser known colonies in America was an area that was dubbed New Sweden. Which of the following present-day states had NO land in the colony of New Sweden?
Delaware
North Carolina
New Jersey
Pennsylvania

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In 1676, Bacon's Rebellion burned throughout the Colony of Virginia as settlers demanded social change to aid their bleak existences. What man started this rebellion?
Howard Bacon
Stanley Reibert
Christopher Bacon
Nathaniel Bacon

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Most of the French land in the United States was bundled up into which of the following territories that stretched throughout the middle of the North American continent?
The Mississippi Territory
The Louisiana Territory
The Quebec Territory
The Missouri Territory

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