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Francis Marion



Francis Marion
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 7 to 9
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.59

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     challenging words:    lifeboat, guerrilla, recuperate, planter, capture, battle, inheritance, establish, supply, troop, attack, company, enemy, plantation, lines, against
     content words:    South Carolina, Many Indians, Revolutionary War, Francis Marion, French Huguenots, West Indies, South Carolina Provincial Congress, If Francis, In September, On December


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Francis Marion
By Mary L. Bushong
  

1     Imagine a time more than 200 years ago in South Carolina. Many Indians still lived in the forests across the state. There were plantations being built along the coast and rivers. It was into this world that the Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion was born.
 
2     Francis was born near Georgetown, South Carolina in 1732. His grandparents were French Huguenots who had come there looking for religious freedom. Francis was the youngest of six children, and when he wasn't in school, he was exploring the swamps around his home. He became so familiar with them that, during the Revolutionary War, no one could find him when he went in.
 
3     When he was just 15 years old, Francis left home against his parent's wishes. He planned to sail to the West Indies, but he didn't make it. The ship sank and he spent a week in the wooden lifeboat before it drifted ashore.

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