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The Virginia Colony
From the Set Our Thirteen Colonies
Introduction to one of the United States' original colonies, Virginia. Describes its origins, its leaders, and the colony's role in America's independence from Great Britain.
- Before Europeans
- Exploration and Settlement
- Becoming a Colony
- During the War
- After the War and Nationhood
- Time Line
- Glossary Terms
- Virginia Colony's Founding Fathers
- For Further Information
A noteworthy review of Our Thirteen Colonies from School Library Journal on June 1, 2004
Each book includes a clear, concise discussion of the Native Americans, exploration and settlement, Colonial life, events leading up to the Revolution, and the arguments in each colony’s legislature about ratification of the Constitution. Maps, etchings, prints, portraits, and illustrations from state archives and other primary sources lend credibility to the texts. De Capua focuses on the history of the Virginia Colony and its important citizens who participated in the Continental Congresses and the Constitutional Conventions. Williams focuses on Maryland’s needs as a Catholic colony. Williams does a better job of detailing the roles of women and slaves, telling the story of Benjamin Banneker and Margaret Brent, a colonist who became well known as an excellent property manager. Great for reports or as introductory reading before doing more extensive research.
A noteworthy review of Our Thirteen Colonies from Library Media Connection on May 1, 2004
This new series gives a colorful and more politically correct introduction to the history of the early colonies than books published some years ago. Each entry contains a timeline, short glossary, brief list of the colony’s founding fathers, page of Web sites, index, and books and other places to visit or contact for more information. In each case 29 pages of liberally illustrated text precede these items. The illustrations are a well-chosen mix of prints of early American art, b&w engravings or line drawings, maps, and color photos. The first chapter of each book contains information about prehistoric men and then describes the indigenous peoples of the area, including the devastating effects of contact with the Europeans. Subsequent chapters outline the historical contributions of each colony to the development of our federal government. The print is large, layouts are varied, and sentences and paragraphs are short and concise. Modern research has added interesting new information to traditional literature on this subject, especially in the chapters on Native Americans and early explorers.