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Jamestown Rediscovery
Digital History ID 4208

This site, created by the Association for the Preservation of Virginian Antiquities, provides a brief history of Jamestown, a list of early settlers, and a timeline of events leading up to the settlement of Jamestown.

Salem Witchcraft Hysteria
Digital History ID 4212

A multimedia introduction to events in Salem in 1692 created by the National Geographic.

America as a Religious Refuge: The Seventeenth Century
Digital History ID 4222

This Library of Congress exhibit looks at the religious persecution in Europe that drove so many to the shores of British North America where these new settlers established colonies often centered on passionate religious convictions.

Plimoth Plantation
Digital History ID 4223

This site tells the story of Plymouth Colony from 1620 to 1692. 17th-century Wampanoag Clothing describes and illustrates the clothing worn by the Native Wampanoag in the 17th century. Pilgrim Clothing illustrates the clothing worn by the Pilgrims. Emigration of the Pilgrims tells the story of the Pilgrims, including life in England, their flight into and life in Holland and their emigration to the "New World." The Rising Generation: Children in Plymouth Colony explores childhood in 17th-century New England.

The Salem Witchcraft Trials
Digital History ID 4224

This site include transcripts of trial records and examinations of six accused witches; arrest warrant of two witches (image and text); petitions of two convicted witches awaiting execution; petitions for compensation, and a decision concerning compensation; and two letters of Gov. William Phips on the execution of justice in Salem.

Colonial Williamsburg
Digital History ID 4225

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation operates the world’s largest living history museum in Williamsburg, Virginia—the restored 18th-century capital of Britain’s largest, wealthiest, and most populous outpost of empire in the New World. The Foundation interprets the origins of the idea of America, conceived decades before the American Revolution. The Colonial Williamsburg story, “Becoming Americans,” tells how diverse peoples, having different and sometimes conflicting ambitions, evolved into a society that valued liberty and equality.