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The First Visit: British Interaction with the Algonquin People

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Grade Level:
Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
Social Studies


In 1584, Walter Raleigh funded his first voyage to the New World after being granted the patent from Queen Elizabeth I and quickly set about seeking a location for his future colony. His explorers not only located Roanoke Island quickly, but had their first important interaction with the Native Algonquians in the area.

Through this reading and activity, students will: a) Gain an understanding of England’s first glimpse of the New World; b) Explain the interaction between the Native Algonquians in the area and the Englishmen; c) Examine the benefits of the location of Roanoke.


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Last updated: July 30, 2015