Guidelines for Part 1 of the Unit 1 Exam:

For Part 1 of the Unit 1 Exam, read the three documents attached above and the two articles linked below. Using the documents, the articles, and the textbook, write an essay answering the questions listed below. Grades will be based on the content of the answer and must be more than 400 words in length. Direct quotes do not count toward the required word count.

Part 1 Questions: 

1. How do Documents 1 and 2 relate to the colonial labor systems that developed during the 1600s and 1700s (i.e. indentured servitude and slavery)? Compare the experiences of each author.

2. What do Document 3 and the articles reveal about the relationships between Native Americans and European Colonists (both in the Spanish and English colonies) during the 1600s and 1700s?

3. Based on what you have read in the textbook, explain how all of these documents and the articles relate to the history of expansion, immigration, and economic development in Europe’s North American colonies during the 1600s and 1700s.


These articles are quite long, so you do not need to read them all the way through. Use them more as references for specific elements of the fur trade.

Article 1: “The Economic History of the Fur Trade: 1670-1870” –

Article 2: “A Brief History of the Beaver Trade” –