The story of America doesn’t start when the English colonized the country in 1607 – in fact, they weren’t the first Europeans to arrive, or even the first people to live here. That stake in history belongs to the Native Americans.
In this lesson from “Crash Course,” John Green teaches students about the complicated history that followed the arrival of the English in what is now the United States. He covers the first permanent English colony at Jamestown, Virginia, the various theocracies in Massachusetts, the feudal kingdom in Maryland, and even a bit about the spooky lost colony at Roanoke Island. This lesson also explores the motives behind why the English came to America – profits being one of the main ones. He notes that trouble growing food and trouble with the natives kept the early colonies from success.