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Colonial Character Before the Revolution

American History Week Four Warm Ups

  1. What were the five most populous colonies in 1775?

    Answer: In descending order: Virginia, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Maryland.

  2. Explain the three legs of the triangular trade system.

    Answer: The traders would leave New England with Rum and go to the gold coast of Africa. They would trade with African chiefs for captured African slaves. Then the traders would proceed to the West Indies and exchange the slave for molasses which they would take back to New England. The traders would turn a profit on every leg of the trade.

  3. What was the title of Jonathan Edwards famous sermon of the Great Awakening?

    Answer: Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God

  4. What was the first college founded in the thirteen colonies?

    Answer: Harvard

  5. What precedent did the legal case of John Peter Zenger establish?

    Answer: It set a precedent against judicial tyranny in libel suits. It also gave newspaper editors more freedom of the press. However, they did not have complete freedom of the press.

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