In Social Studies we learned all about the first European Explorers and settlers that settled in the New World (North America). One of the I questions I had at the beginning of the unit was, were the Americans discovered or conquered? I think the Americans were conquered because when the first Europeans came to settle in the New World they ran into Natives that already lived there. I think this because we read a book called Blood On The River (it’s a good book you should read it) when the gentleman settled they met/ran into Natives that already lived in Virginia.
In Chapter 24 Captain Smith got burned by someone’s firing their powder bad. I think it was on purpose because the gentleman might of wanted to get revenge on Captains Smith for getting so mad about them wanting to crown Chief Powhatan.
In class we are reading a book called Blood On The River. In chapter 21 one of the main character died he’s name is Reverent Hunt. He and Samuel (main character) had a very good relationship because before Reverent Hunt died he taught Samuel a lot of things about cooperation and life. One of the most important things Reverent taught Samuel is to make decisions based off of “love”. I think this is one of the most important things because Samuel’s mom died so he can motivate himself by saying,”Do it for mom!”
In class we are reading a book called Blood On The River. Today we read chapter 17, at the end of chapter 17 there was a big fire that started from one of the gentleman putting their shirt to close to I fire place. When the fire started it burned the storehouse and all the food in it. The fire also burned some of the houses. I fell very bad because they have worked so hard to make their “settlement” and now they don’t have any food and they have to redo almost everything.
The words that john Smith wants Samuel to learn are better than armor because if he runs in to natives that speak that language and if the natives try to attack him he can defend himself by talking to them. Personally I think he would get actual armor because the natives might not agree with him when he talks to them. I do also think he should learn to language because he can read and it might help him later in the book.
In the book Blood On The River Samuel has changed a lot because at the beginning of the book he would get mad and use his anger to fight. Thanks to his relationship with Captain John Smith he has started to learn to use his anger in a positive way. He has also learned to cooperate with his friend (other gentleman) in order to survive in the New World and in life.
I also think he learned to care about someone else than mom. I think this because when they were attached in chapter 10 and his mate/friend died, he said it was his fault that he didn’t stop him from leaving the tent they were in. I think this because I felt like he took all the blame for James’s death.