American History Stories, Volume I by Mara L. Pratt

By Mara L. Pratt

Tales of early exploration and founding of yank colonies, conflicts over faith, and problems with the Indians, culminating within the French and Indian conflict. compatible for a while eight and up.

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One of the leading men of this company was John Smith. He was a very wise and able man, and seemed always to do the right thing at just the right time. CAPTAIN JOHN SMITH The story of his life is as interesting as a novel. If there were time I would tell you some of his strange adventures at sea and on the battlefield. One adventure of his in Jamestown colony will show you what a brave man he was, and how a little Indian girl saved his life. John Smith had started up the river on an exploring expedition.

But when the "wise men" were asked their opinion of the story as one at all likely to be true, they roared with laughter. " cried they. "It is absurd! " COLUMBUS BEFORE THE WISE MEN "And if the earth were round," said others, "and if this crazy man could sail down and stand upon his head on the other side of the sphere, how, pray, could he ever get back again? " This was indeed unanswerable, so they all thought. Of course he could not, and of course he was a fool to think of such a thing. And so Columbus was sent away in disgrace, while the "wise men" entertained their friends for days after with the absurd story the crazy Genoese had told them.

These are rather large words for young folks; but I think it better for you to learn them just here, because they seem, somehow, to belong to these particular people. Why, you will understand later. Now, it seems rather cruel to leave these wanderers out in the cold storm; but we must for a few moments, while we hurry over to England to learn what had happened there to force these men and women across the ocean at this stormy time of the year. Many years before, King Henry the Eighth of England had had a great quarrel with the Pope at Rome.

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