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Ajacan, The Spanish Jesuit Mission

Roanoke Colony

Jamestown Colony

St. Mary's City

The French

Exploration of the Chesapeake Bay

Gabriel Archer

John Smith, A Map of Virginia, 1612

The accidents that happened in the Discoverie of the bay

What happened the second voyage to discover the Bay

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The French

In 1605, the French started a colony at Port Royal (modern-day Annapolis). After three years exploring the East Coast, the colonists returned to France. In 1610 a man named Poutrincourt reestablished a colony at Port Royal. In 1613, four Jesuit priests founded a mission on the island of Mount Desert. Since the English had already established a colony at Jamestown, they felt the French were invading their territory. Captain Samuel Argall sailed from Virginia to these settlements and burned them. The French then left the Chesapeake Bay.



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