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He had traveled to England years before and learned English. Some months after the Pilgrims arrived, Squanto and his friend, Samoset, startled the newcomers by saying “Welcome” in English. Squanto stayed with the Pilgrims for a few months, bringing them deer meat and beaver skins. He taught them about the local plants, how to dig clams and use fish for fertilizer, and hundreds of other survival skills. Squanto helps a settler survive in an unknown land. 36 The colonies might not have grown had it not been for a great religious emigration from England in the 1630s.

Lawrence River to the future sites of Quebec and Montreal. 1607 The Susan Constant, Godspeed, and Discovery bring the first colonists to Jamestown. 1608 French navigator Samuel de Champlain founds a trading post at Quebec. 1613 John Rolfe saves Jamestown by introducing a new strain of tobacco. 1614 First Dutch settlement, Fort Nassau, near future Albany, New York. 1619 The Dutch bring the first slave ship to the North American continent. 1620 The Mayflower arrives at Plymouth in what is now Massachusetts.

Pocahontas (1595-1617) - Daughter of Chief Powhatan and wife of Jamestown settler, John Rolfe. La Salle, René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de (1643-1687) - French explorer in North America. First to explore the Mississippi to its mouth, he claimed the land for Louis XIV of France (1682). Penn, William (1644-1718) - Founder of Pennsylvania, became a Quaker in 1666 and was imprisoned several times for his religious views. Designer of the city of Philadelphia. 43 Timeline 1497 John Cabot sails along the eastern shores of Canada, giving England a claim to North America.

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