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  • 1. Colonial America 7 th U.S History – Bridge to AP Mr. Veliz
  • 2. The English Arrive on the Scene
    • In 1583, the English begin their exploration of the Americas.
      • How and why do the Spanish lose their control of the seas?
  • 3. Finding a Foothold…or disaster!
    • Before the war with Spain is won, the English try to gain a foothold in the Americas.
      • Queen Elizabeth and Sir Walter Raleigh
    • Roanoke Island (NC) – 1585 and 1587
      • Why Roanoke? Was this a smart move?
      • Who is Virginia Dare?
    • What was the fate of Roanoke?
      • Croatoan is all they found!!
  • 4. The Lost Colony
  • 5. Recovering from Roanoke
    • 1606 – the war has ended and the English are again looking west.
    • James I and charters
      • Colonization as big business
    • The Virginia Company
      • A joint-stock company?
    • April 1607 – Chesapeake Bay and Jamestown
  • 6. Jamestown
    • Why choose Jamestown? What did it have in common with Roanoke?
    • Profit and safety over survival in Jamestown.
    • 1607 to 1608
      • 144 to 38
  • 7. Governing Jamestown
    • Capt. John Smith – strong leadership, forcing settlers to work and acquiring food from natives.
    • Aug. 1609 – 400 new settlers, and Smith goes home
    • More mouths, less leadership = starvation
      • “the starving time”
  • 8. Governing Jamestown
    • By 1619, colonists want their say in colony government.
      • Virginia Company allows the formation of the House of Burgesses
  • 9. The Fate of Jamestown
    • By early 1620s, financial troubles set in.
    • 1624 – King James “pulls the plug” on the Virginia Company
      • First royal colony established
  • 10.