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Country Clues - Settlers from European Countries

Country Clues - Settlers from European Countries
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     challenging words:    reenactment, sweden, tolerance, diversity, outpost, historical, historic, founded, lifestyle, jazz, archaeologist, refused, region, settlement, vulnerable, attend
     content words:    William Penn, Pennsylvania Dutch, Colonial Pennsylvania, Castillo De San Marcos, De San Marcos, Both St, San Marcos, Spanish Empire, Louisiana Purchase, United States

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Country Clues - Settlers from European Countries
By Sharon Fabian

1     When an archaeologist needs clues to the past, he digs. When we need clues to the past, we have it much easier. There are many places we can go to find clues about the past. For instance, we can go to a website, we can take a trip to a museum, or we can attend a historical reenactment. We can also search in books for stories, documents, and maps.
2     Read the following paragraphs for clues about a few of the European countries, in addition to England, that sent settlers to America during colonial times.
3     After William Penn established the colony of Pennsylvania as a place of religious tolerance, a large group of people from the central part of Europe emigrated there. Like the English settlers, most of these people were farmers. They used the latest farming methods that they brought from their home country. Some of these settlers belonged to the religions known as Amish and Mennonite. The Amish and the Mennonites were pacifists. They believed in peace, and they refused to fight. In their home country they had been persecuted for their beliefs, and so they enjoyed the religious freedom of Pennsylvania. They brought their own customs and styles to Pennsylvania, too. Their plain styles of clothing and brightly painted "hex signs" have become trademarks of the Pennsylvania Dutch region. If you visit the Pennsylvania Dutch region, you will learn more about the lifestyle of colonial Pennsylvania because some of the Amish and Mennonites still choose to live in that simpler style today. However, these settlers were not really Dutch at all. They were from Germany.

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