Animated maps with overlaid illustrations and captions help students visualize the where, when, and why of North America's early colonies: the Spanish in Florida and the West; the French in Canada; the English at Roanoke and Jamestown; the Pilgrims at Plymouth; the Puritans at Boston, Hartford, and New Haven; Roger Williams in Rhode Island; the Dutch in New Netherland; New Sweden; and Catholics in Maryland. Europe's religious intolerance is seen as a major motivation behind many of these colonies, while landforms and water routes are seen to influence site selections. Grades 4–10. Color. 22 minutes. SVE. ©2003.
"Through the use of color, various overlays, and easily recogized icons, the program creatively points out how a number of factors...combined to shape the initial development of the United States...A solid addition for a U.S. history unit on colonial America..."
"Animated maps of North America, South America, and Europe effectively illustrate and explain early development of the colonies and relationships between the countries."—Booklist
"...this video provides a great deal of interesting information."—School Library Journal