Colonial America (1492-1765)
Women in Colonial America

Women in Colonial America
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     challenging words:    midwife, colony, success, despite, tobacco, jobs, wedding, pregnant, birth, several, maid, plantation, dangerous, after, future, impact
     content words:    Anne Burras, Bride Ship

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Women in Colonial America
By Cathy Pearl

1     After the Jamestown colony was a success, more people started to move to the new world. After several years had passed, it was decided that women needed to move there. It was thought that women would help the men stay in this new land.
2     In 1608, the first two women arrived at Jamestown. One was a maid named Anne Burras. She married a carpenter three months after she arrived. Her wedding was the first Jamestown wedding.
3     In 1620, a ship arrived at Jamestown. It was called the Bride Ship. On this ship were 90 young women. They would work in the kitchens or do other jobs in the main house at a farm or plantation. If a man wanted to marry one of these women, he had to pay for her trip to the new world with his tobacco crop.

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