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settlements

small communities created by explorers

Roanoke

island off the coast of North Carolina, first English settlement, "lost colony"

Jamestown

first successful English settlement

Plymouth

settlement in New England, Pilgrims sought religious freedom

colonists

people who settle in colonies

tobacco

plant whose leaves are dried and turned into material for smoking, sniffing, or chewing

Common House

meeting hall in a settlement or colony

Captain John Smith

a settler and leader at Jamestown

Squanto

a Native American who helped the Pilgrims at Plymouth

Captain John White

a settler and leader who discovered that the settlers at Roanoke had disappeared

Mayflower

the ship that carried the Pilgrims to Massachusetts

Mayflower Compact

this agreement, signed by the Pilgrims, described the way they planned to govern themselves

House of Burgesses

elected representatives in the Jamestown settlement

marsh

a low area of wet land that is sometimes unhealthful for people

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