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Compare the cultural values and attitudes of different European, African American, and native peoples in the colonial period and explain how contact affected intergroup relationships and conflicts.
Explain how imperial competition & the exchange of commodities across both sides of the Atlantic Ocean influenced the origins and patterns of development of North American societies in the colonial period.
Explain how the introduction of new plants, animals, and technologies altered the natural environment of North America and affected interactions among various groups in the colonial period.
Explain how the natural environment contributed to the development of distinct regional group identities, institutions, and conflicts in the precontact period through the independence period.
Analyze how the search for economic resources affected social and political developments from the colonial period through Reconstruction.
Analyze the factors behind competition, cooperation, and conflict among different societies and social groups in North America during the colonial period.
Explain how free and forced migration to and within different parts of North America caused regional development, cultural diversity and blending, and political and social conflicts through the 19th century.
Analyze the effects that migration, disease, and warfare had on the American Indian population after contact with Europeans.
Explain how and why people moved within the Americas (before contact) and to and within the Americas (after contact and colonization)
Explain the development of labor systems such as slavery, indentured servitude, and free labor from the colonial period through the end of the 18th century.
Explain how patterns of exchanging commodities, peoples, diseases, and ideas around the Atlantic World developed after European contact and shaped North American colonial-era societies.