The Pilgrims: The Beaver Trade and Colonial New England

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Strange but true. The demand for beaver hats saved the Pilgrims. Find out how with a resource that includes a background essay about the First Thanksgiving and a video about the Pilgrim business model.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Create a large wall map of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, have class members locate the pilgrim and puritan settlements, and create a time line for their settlement
  • Post images of beaver hats
Classroom Considerations

  • The video presumes viewers have a clear understanding of the the differences in the religious beliefs of the pilgrims and puritans, where the two groups settled, and when the two groups arrived in Massachusetts
  • The background essay provides information about the Plymouth settlement and the first Thanksgiving
Pros

  • The resource includes a link to a two-page teaching guide
Cons

  • The video does not include any images of beaver hats
  • Neither a time line nor a map is provided to distinguish when and where the puritans and pilgrims settled
Common Core