Did you know that the treasure of the infamous pirate Blackbeard is probably buried on one of the islands off Georgia? And did you know of the dastardly deed of Spanish privateers that provoked the War of Jenkins's Ear?
James Oglethorpe's ''noble experiment'' to make Georgia a place where debtors got a second chance and slavery and alcohol were banned was destroyed by ''malcontents.'' Plantations producing rice and indigo increased the demand for slave labor, and the rift between the coastal planters and poorer upcountry farmers quickly divided the colony. This division complicated Georgia's decision to join the other colonies in the fight for independence.
Middle-school students will encounter Colonial America through fresh eyes in this comprehensive series. Archival photographs, period maps, and lively, first-person accounts from explorers, Native Americans, slaves and indentured servants, farmers, government officials, and more are seamlessly woven together to create a vibrant and accurate portrait of life in 18 European coloniesnot just British but French and Spanish, too.
The eloquent text weaves the historical facts into a colorful tapestry representing the realities of Colonial life. Quotations from primary sources and other documentation add authenticity this is narrative nonfiction at its best.School Library Journal