What’s Your Early American History IQ?
In what year did Christopher Columbus make his famed first voyage across ‘”the ocean blue” to the Americas?
- 1969... The summer of love!
But about 500 years before Columbus, who led the Norse expedition that many believe was truly the first group of Europeans to reach the Americas?
- Christian Leden
- Otto Sverdrup
- Leif Ericson
Who is “America” named after?
- America Goodman
- Federico Fellini
- Amerigo Vespucci
- George Washington made it up...
In 1565, the first permanent European colony in North America was founded at St. Augustine (Florida) by which nation?
And which was the first English settlement in North America?
- New York
- Washington, DC
Speaking of Jamestown, according to some accounts, Captain John Smith managed to survive his capture by Native American Chief Powhatan, only due to the intervention of the chief’s daughter, widely known as…
- Maria TallChief
Brought to Jamestown by John Rolfe, what was colonial Virginia’s most successful cash crop?
- Collard Greens
What’s the name of the ship that transported the first Pilgrims from Plymouth to present-day Massachusetts?
- Mary Rose
Speaking of Pilgrims, the first “Thanksgiving” feast was celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World in 1621. Which of the following foods was likely *not* on the menu?
- Pies and tarts
But before the Pilgrims even arrived, a disease brought from Europe ravaged Native American communities in New England. This period, from 1616-1619 is often referred to as “The Great Dying”. Which disease is considered the most likely cause?
- Bird Flu
Famously connected to the “Fountain of Youth”, what is the name of the first Spanish explorer to arrive in Florida in 1513?
- Juan Ponce de Leon
- Francisco Pizarro
- Hernando Cortes
- Ricky Martin
The island of Manhattan was bought from Native Americans by a Dutch colonist named Peter Minuit. What name did he first give it?
- New York
- New England
- New Jersey
- New Amsterdam
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