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When is Thanksgiving? Colonizing America

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Discover the first attempts made to colonize and establish the first permanent English colonies in the North American region, from Sir Walter Raleigh's colony at Roanoke and settlement at Jamestown, Virginia to colonies in Maryland and Massachusetts. Your class members will learn about colonists' motivations for wealth, societal structure and gender roles, the distinction between Puritans and Pilgrims, the "city on a hill" metaphor, and colonial interactions with Native Americans.

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