From Raw Materials to Riches: Mercantilism and the British North American Colonies

In this lesson, students will interpret primary sources and participate in a simulation activity to learn about the mercantilist system used in British North America.

Grade Level

 6–8, 9–12


  • Balance of trade
  • Exports
  • Imperialism
  • Imports
  • Markets


  • Mercantilism
  • Navigation Acts
  • Raw materials
  • Scarcity
  • Tariffs

Time required

 (110 minutes) Two regular 55-minute class periods or one class period on block schedule

historic painting of trade at harbor