By Mara L. Pratt
Tales of early exploration and founding of yank colonies, conflicts over faith, and issues with the Indians, culminating within the French and Indian struggle. appropriate for a while eight and up.
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There they lived happily enough, but they longed for a home of their own, where they could teach their own religion and make it the religion of the country. DEPARTURE OF THE PILGRIM FATHERS FROM HOLLAND, 1620 For this reason they went back to England, obtained permission to found a colony in the new world, and with their hearts full of hope and courage, started out—in the Mayflower and the Speedwell,—for the unknown land. The Speedwell, however, was obliged to put back into port because it was found to be unseaworthy.
They reached the mouth of a river in Virginia, which they named the James, in honor of their English king. The town they began to build they named Jamestown. One of the leading men of this company was John Smith. He was a very wise and able man, and seemed always to do the right thing at just the right time. CAPTAIN JOHN SMITH The story of his life is as interesting as a novel. If there were time I would tell you some of his strange adventures at sea and on the battlefield. One adventure of his in Jamestown colony will show you what a brave man he was, and how a little Indian girl saved his life.
ON A TREE WERE CUT THE LETTERS CROATAN It was at this time that many reports came of the enormous amounts of gold to be found in Guiana. " "England must have some of that gold. She needs it to carry on the war," said Raleigh. " And so he set forth for the wonderful gold country. Of course, he found no such quantities of gold, but he explored the rivers and brought home most valuable reports of the new world. Later, in a great battle with the Spanish vessels, Raleigh so contrived to set his own vessel across a narrow channel that the whole Spanish fleet was crippled, and had no choice but to blow up their own vessels or see them captured by Raleigh.