SAT II US History : Summary of U.S. Economic History from Pre-Columbian to 1789

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for SAT II US History

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Summary Of U.S. Economic History From Pre Columbian To 1789

What is the name given to the Spanish colonial system of rotating indigenous workers between different forms of labor?

Possible Answers:

Tordesillas 

Girarendo 

Encomienda

Mestizo

Repartimento

Correct answer:

Repartimento

Explanation:

The Repartimento system of forced labor was prevalent throughout much of Spain’s American Empire during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The system was established whenever a Spanish settlement happened to be set up near an existing native community. The native people were rotated between various jobs, mostly agriculture, construction and mining. Due to the high rate of desertion, the system was largely replaced by the more permanent Encomienda system, which even more closely resembled slavery.

Example Question #2 : Summary Of U.S. Economic History From Pre Columbian To 1789

During the early period of colonization (1492-1650), French activity was heavily focused on ______________.

Possible Answers:

Establishing networks of trade with the existing Native American communities

Plundering Native American lands in the pursuit of wealth

Establishing permanent settlements in Florida and Georgia

Spreading Christianity throughout North America

Checking the expansion of English and Spanish settlers

Correct answer:

Establishing networks of trade with the existing Native American communities

Explanation:

French settlers primarily occupied the southern regions of what is now Canada, establishing fur trading communities with the Native American tribes who already existed in the region. The French rarely attacked or plundered Native American communities, preferring to establish positive trading rights. Likewise, the French expended little effort to permanently settle new communities, and their objections to English and Spanish settlements were voiced only when the English threatened the lucrative fur trade. 

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