1. Using a number of large atlases, ask
the class to examine the towns in England, and then locate
towns by the same name in Massachusetts, placing them on
a map of England. Then as a discussion, hypothesize what
the linkage may be and why.
2. As a class, drawing on the homework
assignment, map the Vacuum Domicillium article, indicate
what the major issues of the English Settlement to Colonial
America were. In the process, answer the following:
Explain the Puritan philosophy
expressed in David Grayson Allen's article: "it is
a principle in nature, that in a vacant soyle, hee that
taketh possession of it, and bestoweth culture and husbandry
upon it" has an inviolable right to the land.
Allen says that English attitudes
were both benevolent and presumptuous. Explain what that
Refer to the Whittemore family
of Malden. Using a map, trace their pattern of movement
in New England.
Contrast marriage patterns of
the early English settlers in New England with those of
the Native Peoples and explain the difference.
Review the "Essay on the
Ordering of Towns" in the article.
a) Make a drawing to illustrate the essay and label it.
b) What is the central role of the towns?
What factors does the author
believe contributed to New England's population rise from
c.27,000 in 1650 to c.100.000 by 1700? Why does he believe
New Englanders could look forward to a fairly long life?
Explain the bold portion of
the following sentence from the article:
"Most of the grain, cattle, and
other products were funneled through Boston, coming there
by cart, on horseback, or on foot from the hinterland
of the "New England metropolis," or else
by water from the Connecticut River Valley."