Journey to a New Life
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On November 22, 1633, nearly 200 colonists began just such an adventure. Their reasons for leaving England for the new colony of Maryland were very different. Lord Baltimore, the proprietor, or owner of the colony, wanted to create a land where Catholics could live in peace. Seventeen "Gentlemen Adventurers" men who came from wealthy families in England hoped to grow even richer in the New World. Jesuit priests, like Father Andrew White, wanted to bring religion to the colonists and the Indians in America. And working men wanted to escape their poor lives in London. Over 140 of the 200 or so passengers on the first voyage were indentured servants. These men agreed to work anywhere from 2 to 10 years for one of the Gentlemen Adventures. In return for this work, the men received land, clothing, and supplies when their time as servants was completed.
The voyage to Maryland took over four months, with stops at the Canary Islands, Barbados, and the colony of Virginia. In this activity, you will join the colonists aboard the Ark as you cross the Atlantic. Using your mouse, you will decide whether to travel to Maryland, what to do in emergencies, and who to talk to on your journey. The choices are yours…
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