In 1607, three ships left England to claim
new land in America. The ships landed in the New World and the first
English settlement was named Jamestown. Living in the new land was
difficult. Many people starved, got sick, and died. Those who
survived learned how to farm the land and began building the Jamestown
Back in England, a group of people were not
happy with the king. They decided to set sail and make a new
life for themselves in the New World. In September of 1620, these
people, called the pilgrims, sailed to the New World on a ship called the
Mayflower. The journey was difficult. The pilgrims hoped to
reach Jamestown, but they ended up north of Jamestown. Before they
got off the ship, the pilgrims wrote the Mayflower Compact, which was a
set of laws for the new colony. The pilgrims then named the new
colony New Plymouth. The pilgrims worked hard clearing land to
eventually build their new settlement. Winter arrived and most of
the pilgrims spent the winter living on the Mayflower. It was a
long, hard winter and half of the pilgrims died. In the spring, the
pilgrims who survived the winter began the hard work of building New
The land in the New World was different
from England. A local Indian tribe helped the Pilgrims. It was Squanto and the Wampanoag Indians that helped
the pilgrims survive in the new land. The Native Americans taught
the pilgrims how to farm, fish, and find food in the New World. In
the fall of 1621, the pilgrims and the Wampanoags celebrated the fall food
harvest with a feast we call the first Thanksgiving.
Use the information above to complete the
1. The first English settlement in
the New World was named
2. The ship the pilgrims sailed on
was called the
3. The Mayflower pilgrims sailed to
America in what year?
4. The Mayflower Compact was a set of
for the new colony.
5. The new colony was named New
6. It was a long, hard winter and
half of the
and the Wampanoag Indians helped the pilgrims survive in the new land.
Americans taught the pilgrims to
fish, and find food.
9. In the fall of 1621, the pilgrims
and the Wampanoags celebrated the first
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