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U.S. Time Periods » 1607-1763: Colonization

Jamestown, Quebec, Santa Fe: Three North American Beginnings

commemorates the 400th anniversary of these three lasting settlements founded in North America between 1607-1609. See rare European and Native American artifacts. Learn about the settlements -- their economies and labor systems, populations, spiritual life, trade, diplomacy, and warfare. (National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution)

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Interesting Fact:

Myths would later say it had been an empty continent, but Europeans first decided to settle in North America because they knew there were inhabitants there. Europeans came expecting that indigenous people would provide food, labor for extracting the resources of the continent, and new souls for the Christian church.
Bartholomew Gosnold was captain of the Godspeed, largest of the Virginia Company's three ships.

Trade and diplomacy


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