Colliding Cultures Comprehensive Unit: Interactive Slides, Student Questions, & Primary Source



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Teach your students about when Indigenous Peoples (Native Americans) encountered different European colonizers (e.g., Spanish, Portuguese, French, Dutch, and English) in the New World. Students will be engaged while learning how different colonies developed (e.g., New York, Maryland, Carolinas, and more). This is the beginning of American history. This PPT and Google Slides includes a primary source activity and study guide notes for students.

Teachers can use this presentation to present to your class or give to students to study on their own. The design is professional and minimal (i.e., NO death by PowerPoint). The content is very detailed in the notes, so if you are busy, you can simply open the slides in front of the class and read the notes. Otherwise, you can make changes to the PPT, if you deem it necessary. This presentation can be used in Microsoft PowerPoint or Google Slides.

Content in PPT includes:

  • Detailed timeline (1492-1607)
  • European exploration in the New World (Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, French, and English)
  • Relationships between the Europeans and Native Americans
  • Ponce De León & La Florida
  • Juan de Oñate & Santa Fe
  • Protestant Reformation
  • New Spain
  • New France
  • New Netherlands
  • Wampum (Native American currency)
  • Spanish Armada
  • Jamestown
  • Plymouth
  • Massachusetts Bay Colony
  • Pilgrims and Puritans
  • and more

This presentation introduces the arrival of the Europeans in the New World. It teaches about the Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, French, and English and their reasons for colonizing in the Americas. It also teaches about major events that would change history and influence the future of the Americas and Europe (e.g. Protestant Reformation and Spanish Armada).

This PPT works with traditional American history textbooks.

How to use this product:

  • Present the PowerPoint (or Google Slides) in the classroom
  • Present the Google Slides via Zoom (if distance learning)
  • Present and discuss – while presenting, get students involved and create discussion questions that get students thinking like a historian
  • Print presentation with notes and let students read the slides
  • Have students view the slides and they present the material

Additional information

Grade Level

8th, 9th, 10th

Resource Types

Full Units, Homeschool, PowerPoints, Google Slides


Colonial America, Native Americans


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