American History Stories, Volume I by Mara L. Pratt

By Mara L. Pratt

Tales of early exploration and founding of yank colonies, conflicts over faith, and problems with the Indians, culminating within the French and Indian struggle. compatible for a long time eight and up.

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From that day the power of Spain was broken. SIR WALTER RALEIGH BLOWING UP SHIP Queen Elizabeth was proud indeed of her brave knight, and all England rang with praises of their bold deliverer. But, by and by, the Queen died. King James of Scotland became King of England. Now the skies grew black indeed for Sir Walter. King James hated him, was jealous of him, and felt he was a man to be feared. Accordingly he had him shut up in prison, and later condemned him to death. It is a sad, cruel story and we will not repeat it here.

BAPTISM OF POCAHONTAS She left a little baby boy who was as beautiful, it is said, as his mother had been. John Rolfe took the little one to America, and there he grew up in the colony. Some of the good families in Virginia to-day are proud to say that they are descendants from the little son of Pocahontas. Plymouth Colony THE next English colony was settled in Massachusetts. One stormy day in December, 1620, there sailed into Plymouth harbor a queer little vessel named the Mayflower. " These are rather large words for young folks; but I think it better for you to learn them just here, because they seem, somehow, to belong to these particular people.

Brandon was fond, like the other adventurers of his day, of telling a big story, or whether he did honestly find an island which, by and by, sank below the level of the water, as sea-islands sometimes do sink, no one could ever tell. Once in the history of Spain there was a terrible war between the Moors and the Spaniards. Seven Spanish bishops, pursued by these Moors, took to their ships and sailed out upon the sea. "Better by far drown than be overtaken by our cruel foe," said they; and they sailed out into the great sea, beyond all sight of land, into the very sunset, so they said.

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