"Why Some New World Colonies Succeeded and Others Failed"
Online Professional Development for US history and American literature teachers
In the first two centuries after 1492, most colonies in the New World failed. This workshop explores why. We will read accounts of failures and successes and discuss what happened. How much did colonizers' expectations have to do with success or failure? Were the desires and power of local Indians the most important factors? How large a role did weather and climate play? Was luck the deciding factor? Should we be surprised that any succeeded?
Leader: Kathleen DuVal
Assistant Professor, Department of History
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
National Humanities Center Fellow
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