The American Revolution
In this lesson, students will be able
to define the following terms:
The Commercial Revolution marked
an important step in Europe from
local economies to a global economy.
Mercantilism was the belief that a
nation’s power depended on the
ownership of gold and silver.
In order to acquire gold and silver,
European countries established
Colonies provided gold and silver.
Mother Countries and Colonies
Mother countries were conquerors.
The conquered land was a colony.
Mother countries also imported
natural resources or raw materials
and exported finished goods.
Offered subsidies to encourage new
Rice & Indigo were on the
“enumerated” list (could only be sold
List not enforced on SC Rice
(advantage for SC)
Military was used to control and
“Triangular” trade made some
continents wealthy while it impoverished
Who Became Rich & Powerful?
Kings & Queens
Questions for Reflection:
1. Define mercantilism.
2. How did European nations
increase their wealth and
3. What was “Triangular” trade?
4. What was the relationship
between a mother country and
Draw a diagram, on your paper,
showing how mercantilism worked.
Then, write a paragraph describing
mercantilism and how it created
wealth for nations.