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An Industrious People: American Economic History

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Building Wealth Through the China and East Indies Trade

Theme: An Industrious People: American Economic History
Topic: Building Wealth Through the China
and East Indies Trade
Date: Summer 2005

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2003 Massachusetts History and Social Science Framework Connections (Learning Standards):

3.9:Identify historic buildings, monuments or sites in the area and explain their purpose and significance. (H, C)

3.12:Explain how objects of artifacts of everyday life in the past tell us how ordinary people lived and how everyday life has changed. Draw on the services of the local historical society and local museums as needed. (H, G, E)

3.13: Give examples of goods and services provided by their local businesses and industries.

5.11: Explain the importance of maritime commerce in the development of the economy of colonial Massachusetts, using historical societies and museums as needed.

            A. the fishing and shipbuilding industries

            B. trans-Atlantic trade

            C. the port cities of New Bedford, Newburyport, Gloucester, Salem, and Boston.

5.33: Explain the importance of the China trade and the whaling industry to 19th century New England, and give examples of imports from China. (H)

USI.16: Describe the evolution of the role of the federal government, including public services, taxation, economic policy, foreign policy and common defense. (H,C)

USI.22: Summarize the major policies and political developments that took place during the presidencies of George Washington (1789-1797), John Adams (1797-1801), and Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809) (H, C).