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The first would-be English colonists landed on the coast of North Carolina in 1584. The English tried to settle on Roanoke Island. However, lack of supplies forced the settlers to leave. The English tried to settle the island again in 1587. In 1590, a ship carrying food and supplies arrived to find that the settlers had vanished. To this day, no one knows what happened to them.

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Making Connections


Imagine you just arrived in what will become the Jamestown Colony. Your house is not built yet and you do not know what you will eat. How do you feel? What will you do first?


Have you read any other books about life in an American colony? What new information did you learn in this book that was not in the other source?


What are the positive and negative things that happened after Europeans began colonizing America?

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