By Phillip M Hoose
<p>"This could be the so much exhilarating and revelatory background of our kingdom. it's needs to studying for trendy youth-as good as their elders." —Studs Terkel</p><p>
From the lads who sailed with Columbus to state-of-the-art younger activists, this precise publication brings to existence the contributions of teens all through American historical past. according to basic assets and together with one hundred sixty actual photographs, this good-looking outsized quantity highlights the interesting tales of greater than 70 adolescents from various cultures. younger readers should be hooked into historical past as they meet participants their very own age who have been stuck up in our country's such a lot dramatic moments-Olaudah Equiano, abducted from his village in western Africa and compelled into slavery, Anyokah, who helped her father create a written Cherokee language, Johnny Clem, the nine-year-old drummer boy who turned a Civil conflict hero, and Jessica Govea, who risked becoming a member of Cesar Chavez's struggle for a...
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History, young people are everywhere. Often they’re right in the middle of the action. The story of Columbus’s journey to the New World in 1492 is a good example. Nearly a quarter of the crew members on the Niña, the Pinta, and the Santa María were teenagers and younger boys. According to anthropologists, more than half the Taino Indians they met were fifteen years of age or younger. Several of the Indians that the Spaniards kidnapped and carried back to Spain as trophies for King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella were children.
John Smith, A True Relation of Virginia Since the First Planting of That Colony Tom Savage: Living Two Lives Jamestown, Virginia, 1608 Early in 1608, a second group of English settlers arrived in Jamestown to reinforce the first group, who were starving and under attack from Powhatans, part of the Algonquian nation. Only one boy came with the second group. He was thirteen-year-old Thomas Savage, who left England looking for adventure. He became the first British spy in the New World, and he got all the adventure he could handle.
Pages kept track of everyone’s watch duty and did work that no one else wanted to do, like cooking one hot meal per day, washing fire-blackened pots, and scrubbing the decks. This woodcut from the illustrated edition of Columbus’s 1493 letter to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella shows a ship similar to the Santa Maria. The high poop deck, from which pages bellowed their prayers and songs, is seen in the foreground. GROMETS, PAGES, AND CRIADOS WHO SAILED WITH COLUMBUS Garcia Alonso—18, a gromet Pedro de Arcos—12, a page Pedro de Salcedo—16, a criado Diego Leal—a gromet Diego Bermúdez—12, a page from Palos de la Frontera Fernando Medel—a gromet Fernando de Triana—a gromet, probably aboard the Niña Francisco Medel—a gromet from Huelva Juan—the servant of Juan Buen Año Juan Arias—a gromet aboard the Pinta Juan Quadrado—a gromet aboard the Pinta Martin de Urtubia—a gromet aboard the Santa Maria.