Why Did English Settlers Come to Virginia?
And Other Questions about the Jamestown Settlement
From the Series Six Questions of American History
In December 1606, three ships carrying 105 men and boys set sail from Dover, England. The ships headed for the eastern shores of North America. There the men planned to establish a new colony known as Virginia. Sailing into the Chesapeake Bay, the settlers excitedly observed a vast wilderness of thick grasses, green forests, and wide rivers. But as the newcomers built their settlement, they struggled with disagreements, hard labor, food shortages, illness, and uneasy relations with the region’s Native Americans. Yet the settlers persevered and established Jamestown—the first permanent English colony in North America.
So what was the Virginia Company?
Why did settler John Smith spend most of the voyage from England under arrest?
Who was Pocahontas?
Discover the facts about the Jamestown settlement and learn about its place in early U.S. history.
|Interest Level||Grade 4 - Grade 6|
|Reading Level||Grade 5|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Lerner Publications ™, LernerClassroom|
|Number of Pages||48|
|Reading Counts! Level||4.6|
|Dimensions||7 x 9|
|Guided Reading Level||T|
|ATOS Reading Level||5.1|
|Accelerated Reader® Quiz||142853|
|Accelerated Reader® Points||1.0|
|Features||Bibliography/further reading, Index, Primary source quotations/images, Sidebars, Source notes, Table of contents, Teaching Guides, Timeline, and eSource|
Author: Candice Ransom
Candice Ransom is the author of 150 books for children. She holds an MFA from Vermont College and an MA in children's literature from Hollins University. She currently teaches in Hollins University's graduate program in children's literature.
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Six Questions of American History
Explore pivotal moments in US history, from colonial times to the Civil War. Discover the who, what, where, when, why, and how of important events such as the Pilgrims settling at Plymouth, Massachusetts, and Abraham Lincoln issuing the Emancipation Proclamation. Writing exercises at the View available downloads →