The Pilgrims: European Plague in Native New England, 1616-1619

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Before the Pilgrims' arrival to New England, a vicious plague swept across New England and wiped out over 50% of the Native American people from Maine to Massachusetts. Watch a video that examines this devastation and the role it played in American history.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Take a closer look at who the Wampanoag peoples were here
  • Have learners research other plagues that have wiped out nations, villages, communities, etc. throughout history
Classroom Considerations

Pros

  • Student handout is editable 
  • Sheds light on a part of history that is often forgotten or even unknown to most
Cons

  • None