By Mara L. Pratt
Tales of early exploration and founding of yankee colonies, conflicts over faith, and problems with the Indians, culminating within the French and Indian struggle. compatible for a while eight and up.
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I am afraid they were not over-pleased when their vessel came into Cape Cod harbor; for there they found only a sandy, desolate shore awaiting them; and, as it was in the dead of winter, you can imagine how cold and bare it looked. The trees were leafless, the ground was frozen, and the waters about the shores were covered with sheets of ice. But they were brave and sturdy; and, although they would have been glad to be welcomed by the pleasant warmth of the southern lands as they left their weather-beaten vessel, still they bravely accepted what was before them, perfectly sure that they had been guided to this shore by Divine Providence.
They reached the mouth of a river in Virginia, which they named the James, in honor of their English king. The town they began to build they named Jamestown. One of the leading men of this company was John Smith. He was a very wise and able man, and seemed always to do the right thing at just the right time. CAPTAIN JOHN SMITH The story of his life is as interesting as a novel. If there were time I would tell you some of his strange adventures at sea and on the battlefield. One adventure of his in Jamestown colony will show you what a brave man he was, and how a little Indian girl saved his life.
There is," sailors of southern Europe would sometimes say, "an island far out at sea,—a beautiful sunny island with rich fruits and beautiful flowers and great purple mountains. " But although the southern sailors talked of it and the poets sang of it, no one had ever seen this land. Sometimes on a clear day, standing upon the shores and looking away out to where the sky seemed to dip down and meet the earth, some imaginative person would think he saw the island, and would call to his companions; but before they could come, behold, it always disappeared.