After 250 years of independence, it may be difficult for us to imagine the earlier America, an untamed land and prized possession of Britain and France. Produced by National Geographic, this series for readers 9 to 12 goes beyond the familiar tales to offer a nuanced account of life in some of the New World's most important colonies. Each volume includes a detailed text and dozens of period illustrations as well as a timeline and list of resources for further study.
Forty years before the English founded Jamestown in Virginia, the Spanish attempted to establish a colony in what is now South Carolina, and the state's name is derived from two European kings named Charles. Recounting the history of an uncommonly diverse place, this book reveals the colony was originally populated by the Cherokee and the Catawba—the largest of 29 native groups—and it was one of the few places where Jews and Quakers were welcome in the New World.