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Colonial history of the United States

The colonial history of the United States covers the history of European colonization of the Americas from the start of colonization in the early 16th century until their incorporation into the United States of America. In the late 16th century, England, France, Spain, and the Netherlands launched major colonization programs in eastern North America. Small early attempts sometimes disappeared, such as the English Lost Colony of Roanoke. Everywhere, the death rate was very high among the first arrivals. Nevertheless, successful colonies were established within several decades.


  • The goals of colonization 

  • Early colonial failures 

  • New Spain 

  • New France 

  • New Netherland 

  • New Sweden 

  • Russian colonies 

  • English colonies 

  • Unification of the British colonies 

  • Colonial life 

  • Bibliography