began as colonies of England, France, Spain, and the
Netherlands. The story of America as a nation must begin
with the colonization of the East Coast.
First English Colony in America Explorers had been
landing in America for some time before English settlers
arrived in what is now Jamestown, Virginia, in 1607. But it
was in that spot on the James River that English
colonization began and with it, the history of America.
Pilgrims: Voyage to
Follow the Pilgrims as they sail across the Atlantic Ocean,
from England to America, in search of religious freedom. See
who they meet when they land in New England. Find out about
the first Thanksgiving.
13 American Colonies
This fun, illustrated article describes the 13 American
Colonies in detail, from economics to religion to
agriculture to revolution. Also includes a clickable map
with links to individual descriptions of each colony and a
list of the first European settlements in North America.
Peter Zenger and Freedom of the
This was the first libel case in America. It forever set the
standard for freedom of the press and made a hero of not
only Zenger but also his lawyer, Andrew Hamilton.
The Great Awakening
The Great Awakening was a series of religious revivals in the North American British colonies during the 17th and 18th Centuries.
French and Indian War
This easy-to-read, illustrated article describes the
struggle between France and England over territory in North
America. Find out what part a young George Washington played
in this war. Also includes a timeline of the war. This
article fills in the gap between colonial development and