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Tuscarora
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.78

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    plunder, slaughter, militia, prisoner, leadership, coastal, treaty, shortly, remain, upper, captive, people, possible, swift, exactly, former
     content words:    North Carolina, Chief Tom Blunt, Chief Hancock, John Lawson, South Carolina, Chief Tom, Native Americans, Chief Blunt, Southern Tuscaroras, New York


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Tuscarora
By Mary Lynn Bushong
  

1     The Tuscarora people of North Carolina lived along the coastal side of the state. They were loosely divided into two groups of people: the northern and southern. The northern people were led by Chief Tom Blunt. The southern group was led by Chief Hancock.
 
2     The European settlers first arrived in Tuscarora territory in 1653. For about fifty years, they lived peacefully together. In 1710, a large group of German and Swiss colonists arrived. They began building on the former site of a Tuscarora village that they were told was abandoned. This was not exactly true. The Surveyor-General, John Lawson, told them the land had been paid for. He'd made the people move, but they were very unhappy about it.
 
3     The German leader, von Graffenried, went with Lawson on a scouting trip shortly after this. They were captured by Chief Hancock's warriors and taken prisoner. Lawson was executed, and Graffenried was held captive.

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