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The sailor who helped plant the first permanent English settlement in North America was a real Pirate of the Caribbean! The businessmen who paid for the colony wanted to discover gold. Captain John Smith never married Pocahontas. And the colony never made its own coins – so people traded tobacco leaves. Find the true story of British America’s beginning in this funny, colorful graphic novel that will excite reluctant readers, prepare students for standardized tests in history and help homeschooling parents!
A House for Burgesses includes the following topics:
What did the Virginia Company seek?
Chapter 2: Captain Christopher Newport
A famous English pirate is the sailor in charge of the three ships bringing the first settlers to Jamestown. Captain Christopher Newport has captured many Spanish riches for his country. Now he must build from scratch an English base in the Americas. What will he find when his explorations make him one of the first Europeans to reach the Fall Line of the James River?
Captain Christopher Newport includes the following topics:
Was Christopher Newport a pirate?
Chapter 3: John Smith’s Sides
The gentlemen at Jamestown lack some skills necessary to provide for themselves. Many settlers die of starvation and disease as they wait for the next supply ships from England to bring them food. The forced work program and strong leadership of Captain John Smith help ensure the survival of Jamestown — even though his methods leave plenty of room to debate whether he is a hero or not . . .
John Smith’s Sides includes the following topics:
Did Smith say: No work, no food?
Chapter 4: Tobacco’s Tale
With no gold in sight, John Rolfe begins to wonder if the Native American’s tobacco plants can save Jamestown as an economic venture. Tobacco is a cash crop: it is grown to sell for money rather than for use by the growers. And it sells so well in England and Europe that it literally becomes the colony’s money. But successful tobacco planting depends on a lot of labor. Who will work in hot, humid summer days to grow this golden leaf??
Tobacco’s Tale includes the following topics:
Did tobacco save Jamestown?
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