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Jamestown: The First Colony
     

Jamestown: The First Colony

by Susan Sales Harkins, William H. Harkins
 
In 1606, one hundred and five men left England for the western shores of the Chesapeake Bay. They were looking for adventure, land, and treasure. Instead of gold and silver, the men found a dark and mysterious wilderness. A few, like John Smith, found friendship with the local natives. Others found new lives, hacked out of the Virginia wilderness. Most, however, found

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In 1606, one hundred and five men left England for the western shores of the Chesapeake Bay. They were looking for adventure, land, and treasure. Instead of gold and silver, the men found a dark and mysterious wilderness. A few, like John Smith, found friendship with the local natives. Others found new lives, hacked out of the Virginia wilderness. Most, however, found disease, starvation, and eventually death. Two-thirds of the original Jamestown settlers died within the first year. Still, the English kept coming. Land and opportunity were worth the risks. By 1621, Jamestown had grown to 1,200 settlers, and people from the first successful English colony began to branch out and settle other towns.

The Building America series tells the story of the early years in which America struggled to become an independent nation. Jamestown: The First English Colony details the extraordinary circumstances and often harrowing experiences overcome by the persistent Englishmen who wanted to settle in Virginia.

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School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-A well-researched, readable, no-frills introduction to the history of the first permanent English settlement in America, useful for reports. The facts are straightforward and chronologically presented, and the authors are careful to say what is unknown or conjecture. "FYInfo" pages present more details on topics such as The Virginia Company and Pocahontas. The Native American point of view is included but limited. The book design is utilitarian. Only two small maps are included, and neither one shows Virginia in relation to the whole country or to Europe. The other illustrations are stock images and drawings. This title is aimed at a slightly older audience than MaryLee Knowlton and Janet Riehecky's The Settling of Jamestown (Gareth Stevens, 2002), Elaine Landau's Explore Colonial Jamestown (Enslow, 2006), and Daniel Rosen's New Beginnings: Jamestown and the Virginia Colony, 1607-1699 (National Geographic, 2005).-Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher's School, Richmond, VA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584154587
Publisher:
Mitchell Lane Pub Inc
Publication date:
06/28/2006
Series:
Building America Ser.
Edition description:
Library Edition
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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