Detail of Jamestown from 1624 map of Virginia engraved by William Hole. (LOC)
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A Jamestown settler describes life in Virginia, 1622

The first English settlers in Jamestown, Virginia, who arrived in 1607, were eager to find gold and silver. Instead they found sickness and disease. Eventually, these colonists learned...

Cotton Mather. The Wonders of the Invisible world....,1693 (Gilder Lehrman Colle
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Cotton Mather’s account of the Salem witch trials, 1693

Most Americans’ knowledge of the seventeenth century comes from heavily mythologized events: the first Thanksgiving at Plymouth, Pocahontas purportedly saving Captain John...

he Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano.... (London, 1794). (Lib
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Olaudah Equiano

Within ten years of the first North American settlements, Europeans began transporting captured Africans to the colonies as slaves. Imagine the thoughts and fears of an eleven-year-old boy who was kidnapped from his village by African slave...

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