Discuss the development of early American colonies.

A discussion of the development of the early American colonies might begin with Roanoke in the late sixteenth century and could continue into the early seventeenth century with the founding of New Netherland, Plymouth, and the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

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A discussion of the development America's early colonies could start with the failed colony of Roanoke, off the coast of North Carolina, in 1585. In 1590, when an English ship returned, there were no remaining colonists; only the word "Crotoan" was found carved into a fence post.

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A discussion of the development America's early colonies could start with the failed colony of Roanoke, off the coast of North Carolina, in 1585. In 1590, when an English ship returned, there were no remaining colonists; only the word "Crotoan" was found carved into a fence post.

A nephew of Sir Walter Raleigh founded a successful colony, Popham, in Maine in 1607. However, he folded the colony just a year later and returned to England along with the entire community.

The first enduring colony in America, Jamestown, was founded in 1607 by a joint-stock company, the Virginia Company. By the time eight months had elapsed, sixty-nine of the 104 settlers had died. Another 140 arrived, but by the end of 1609, 80% of the population had perished. There were problems with fresh water, supplies, and periodic attacks by Powhatan's confederacy. Eventually, tobacco cultivation and continued immigration turned the tide and made Jamestown successful.

The Plymouth Colony in New England got its start with the arrival of the Mayflower in 1620. The Massachusetts Bay Colony brought around 20,000 colonists, many of them Puritans, in the 1630s. Division within the colony gave rise to other communities, such as Providence Plantation in modern-day Rhode Island.

In 1624, the Dutch West India Company founded New Netherland on the island of Manhattan where it thrived until 1674 and became part of New England.

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