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Settling America - Roanoke and Jamestown



Settling America - Roanoke and Jamestown
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     challenging words:    successful, dangerous, supplies, fail, place, working, lived, settlement, ship, woman, alive, charter, island, nearly, group, success
     content words:    Native Americans, North Carolina, Virginia Dare, John Smith


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Settling America - Roanoke and Jamestown
By Cathy Pearl
  

1     America was a dangerous place when England first sent men to live there. There were animals that the men had never seen. Native Americans were already living on the land. The settlements did not succeed at first. One disappeared. That didn't stop England. Many years later, Jamestown was a success.
 
2     England sent men across the Atlantic in 1585. They landed on an island. It was off the coast of North Carolina. This island was called Roanoke. These men were not successful. They fought with the Native Americans and didn't have enough food. One day, they gave up and went home to England.
 
3     In 1587, a new group of people decided to try again. This time women and children went with the men. They went to Roanoke and built houses. One woman had a baby. She named the little girl Virginia Dare. Virginia was the first English baby born in this new land. Three years later, a ship came with supplies for the people. Unfortunately, everyone had disappeared! No one knows what happened to the people that lived at Roanoke.

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