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Colonial Immigration


This Jackdaw is the appropriate reading level for upper elementary, middle school and high school students reading below grade level. It contains the same, ready-to-use, hands-on historical documents as the original, upper-level Jackdaw; most of the documents are actual-size replicas. The fully reproducible Broadsheets provide historical background for understanding the documents.

During the American colonial period, 1607-1775, thousands upon thousands of Europeans and Africans voyaged from their native lands to the uncertainties and hardships of the New World. Some came as free men and women, some as servants, some as prisoners, and some as slaves. This Jackdaw portrays these early emigrants, examines why and how they came and where they located. Hands-on documents — list of passengers, large gravestone rubbing, an early map, letters — personalize the wide range of social strata and geography characterizing to this topic. Historian: Mary Stetson Clarke, adapted by Muriel L. Dubois. The contents of this Jackdaw feature:

  • Why Did They Come?
  • From Worlds Apart
  • The Difficult Voyage
  • Forced to Emigrate
Timeline: 1492-1763 Historical Documents
  • List of passengers on the Mayflower.
  • Rubbing of gravestone of Phinehas Pratt, Charlestown, Mass. 1680.
  • Letter from Georgia colonist Thomas Causton to his wife, 1732.
  • The Virginia Gazette, September 17 to September 24, 1736.
  • Earliest printed map of Detroit, 1764.
  • Statement of figures from a Spanish expedition to California, 1769.
  • Page of prayers to be used at sea, 1636.
  • An indenture, 1731.
  • Pamphlet, Notes on the Slave Trade, 1757.
  • Broadside ballad, The Trappan’d Maiden: or, The Distressed Damsel.
Study Guide / Lesson Plan Reproducible Activities

Price: $69.50



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