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SEPTEMBER 2013 VOLUME 12, ISSUE 1

Why Didn't Spain Claim Virginia?


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Spanish Coin, 1725
Spanish Coin, 1725
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“I may say that this is the greatest factor: the way in which the expedition is equipped, the way in which every difficulty is foreseen and precautions taken for meeting or avoiding it. Victory awaits him who has everything in order, luck people call it. Defeat is certain for him who has neglected to take the necessary precautions in time, this is called bad luck.”

—Roald Amundsen, The South Pole: an account of the Norwegian Antarctic Expedition in the "Fram", 1910–12 (New York: Lee Keedick, 1913), pg. 330.

Teaching Strategy

The Spanish were already in North America by the 16th century. Why didn't they colonize Virginia, instead leaving it open for the English to settle Jamestowne in 1607? Students seek to answer this question using maps and articles, comparing and contrasting different theories, including their own. They then analyze a quote about exploration and relate it to what they've learned. Learn more.


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