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The Charter Oak Tree


The Charter Oak Tree
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 3 to 4
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   9.08

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    representative, state, fell, interesting, huge, certain, storm, freedom, capital, commotion, debate, captain, empty, accident, pitch, between
     content words:    Charter Oak, Royal Charter, Connecticut Colony, Governor Andros, New York, Caption Wadsworth, Sir Edmund Andros, Captain Joseph Wadsworth, Revolutionary War, United States


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The Charter Oak Tree
By Bridget Corcoran
  

1     The Charter Oak is Connecticut's state tree. This tree is on the back of the Connecticut state quarter. There is an interesting story behind the famous tree.
 
2     Twenty five years after Connecticut was given a Royal Charter, which is a document allowing the Connecticut Colony to exist, the King of England sent a man, Governor Andros, to take it back because the King decided he didn't want Connecticut to be independent and make its own laws anymore. The Connecticut colonists were not very happy about this action.
 
3     England even threatened to split the Connecticut land and give half to Massachusetts and half to New York if they did not do as they were told and give the charter back. If it weren't for a certain oak tree and a man named Caption Wadsworth, there might never have been a state of Connecticut at all.

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