Reading level: Ages 4-8 In April 1607, a group of English colonists landed in North America on what would become Virginia. These settlers included many wealthy gentlemen, along with bricklayers, carpenters, a barber, a tailor, a surgeon, and four boys. John Smith, a soldier, rounded out the group. Years later, John Smith wrote about his experiences in Jamestown. He mentioned 12-year-old Sam Collier. Sam was John Smith’s page. That meant he worked for John Smith by running errands and doing chores. Sam also planned on learning a useful trade in Virginia. We don’t know much about Sam’s life. But we do know that the first months of life in Jamestown tested the survival skills of all the new settlers. Sam, too, must have been tested. This could have been his story.
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