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The Lost Colony
Sir Walter Raleigh's brother, Sir Humphrey Gilbert, attempted an English settlement in North America first. He made landfall in Nova Scotia and sailed down the coast, searching for possible settlement locations. His expedition was met with constant storms...
By William M. Wisser.
The Lost Colony
In Sir Walter Raleigh and South America, page 3
Sir Walter Raleigh's brother, Sir Humphrey Gilbert, attempted to establish an English settlement in North America first. He made landfall in Nova Scotia and sailed down the coast, searching for possible settlement locations. His expedition met constant storms...
By William M. Wisser.
Levi Coffin portrait
Levi Coffin portrait
Format: image/illustration
Landscape view of beachfront settlement near Danang
Landscape view of beachfront settlement near Danang
A view of a beachfront settlement near Danang shows small fishing boats on shore in the foreground, a tree-filled settlement, and blue mountain silhouettes in the background. Vietnam is most densely settled in its major river estuaries and along its over 2,000-mile...
Format: image/photograph
Topography of North Carolina and its influence on settlement
This lesson explores where North Carolina is in relation to the United States and North America. Also, we will explore the different regions of North Carolina and how the topography of the region affected settlement.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 English Language Development and Social Studies)
By Jessica Wilson and Tabitha Horton.
Address from inhabitants near Haw River
The request of the Inhabitants of the West side of Haw river to the Assembly men and Vestry men of Orange County Whereas the Taxes in the County are larger according to the number of Taxables than adjacent counties and continues so year after year,...
Format: petition
Wachovia monument
Wachovia monument
This monument memorializes the establishment of the first Moravian settlement in North Carolina. Created in 1806, it stands at the original site of the log cabin occupied by the first group of Moravian settlers. It reads: Wachovia settlement,...
Format: image/photograph
The land of milk and honey: Relocated or not
In Colonial and state records of North Carolina, page 4
In this lesson, students read primary sources to learn about the establishment of the city of New Bern, North Carolina. The students will also use maps to draw conclusions about what was read.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 English Language Arts)
By Lara Willox.
Deep River Friends Meeting House
Deep River Friends Meeting House
Deep River Friends Meeting House in Jamestown, North Carolina.
Format: image/photograph
Politics and economics of land settlement in colonial North Carolina
In Colonial and state records of North Carolina, page 10
In this lesson, students will use a primary source document to examine the political nature of land settlement in North Carolina. The influence of the economy on the land settlement will also be highlighted. Students will also learn about colonial industry in North Carolina.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
North Carolina Collection Gallery
Early exploration of North Carolina, the Algonquin culture, the Roanoke Island settlement - these are just some of the exhibits that can be seen at the North Carolina Collection Gallery in Wilson Library on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Discussion questions: Expanding to the west
This set of discussion questions was designed to help students understand an article about the settlement of the Piedmont region of North Carolina between 1730 and 1775.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
A lintel in Structure 1 of Bonampak in the Mexican state of Chiapas.
A lintel in Structure 1 of Bonampak in the Mexican state of Chiapas.
The settlement of Bonampak is located in the Mexican state of Chiapas. It appears to archaeologists that the buildings on this site were built between 580 and 800 as part of a small Mayan settlement with dependent ties to Yaxchilan, a larger site further north....
Format: image/photograph
Discovering North Carolina: A colonial map webquest
In North Carolina maps, page 2.5
In this lesson, students engage in a webquest in which they take on the role of a seventeenth-century explorer commissioned by the King of England to collect information about the area he intends to call North Carolina. Through this activity, students identify the geographic aspects that influenced exploration and settlement and connect narratives with geographic locations for topics including discovery, Native Americans, and politics.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Jennifer Job.
Teaching suggestions: Graveyard of the Atlantic
Suggested activities for use with the article "Graveyard of the Atlantic," which explains why the waters off North Carolina's coast have been unusually treacherous for shipping.
Format: /lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Jamestown settlement reconstruction
Jamestown settlement reconstruction
Format: image/photograph
Fresco in Structure 1 at Bonampak, in the state of Chiapas, Mexico.
Fresco in Structure 1 at Bonampak, in the state of Chiapas, Mexico.
The settlement of Bonampak is located in the Mexican state of Chiapas. It appears to archaeologists that the buildings on this site were built between 580 and 800 as part of a small Mayan settlement with dependent ties to Yaxchilan, a larger site further north....
Format: image/photograph
The unpainted aristocracy of Nags Head
In Natural and human impacts on the northern Outer Banks, page 10
In northern Nags Head some seaside homes have survived the frequent storms of the Outer Banks. Located near the intersection of Virginia Dare Trail (NC 12) and East Soundside Drive, these “unpainted aristocracy” homes are the oldest summer cottages...
By Blair Tormey and Dirk Frankenberg.
Fort Raleigh: Earthworks
Fort Raleigh: Earthworks
A reconstruction of the earthen fort built by the first European settlers of Roanoke Island in 1585. The fort is the only structure from the Roanoke settlement whose location has been located exactly. After intensive archaeological studies and excavation from...
Format: image/photograph
The land of milk and honey: Reasons for migration
In Colonial and state records of North Carolina, page 2
In this lesson, students brainstorm reasons people leave their homes and move somewhere else. After discussing modern day reasons for migration, students will explore the motives of early settlers to immigrate to colonial North Carolina. Motives will be explored using a primary source, specifically letters from potential settlers asking for permission to come to the "land of milk and honey."
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 Social Studies)
By Lara Willox.