Land of the Brave

Famous Colonial People

John Jay

Patrick Henry

Captain John Smith

was one of the original founders of the colony at Jamestown, Virginia. He was also an author, soldier, mapmaker and trader.

John Rolfe and Pocahontas
John Rolfe was and English colonist and farmer who cultivated the tobacco plant and Pocahontas was the daughter of Chief Powhatan of the Powhatan Confederacy. 

Anne Hutchinson
was one of the colonists of the Massachusetts Colony but her feminist ideals and her religious beliefs led to her banishment from Boston causing her to flee to the Rhode Island Colony.

John Winthrop
was an early colonist who became the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He was a staunch Puritan and wanted to establish a pure church in New England.

Peter Stuyvesant
was the Dutch colonist and the last Dutch Director-General of the colony of New Netherland when it was ceded to the English in 1664 and renamed New York.

William Penn
a fervent Quaker and the leader of the Pennsylvania Colony and a planner of city of Philadelphia. He led the Society of Friends.

James Oglethorpe
was a colonist who was famous as a social reformer, philanthropist and humanitarian who was the leader of the Georgia Colony.

George Washington
was a real patriot and hero of the American revolutionary war in which he lead America in their victory over the British. His successful military career led to an equally successful political career and he became the fIrst president of the United States.

John Jay
was a political activist and lawyer who was a Founding Father of America. He negotiated the Jay Treaty with the British.

James Madison
is popularly known as the “Father of the Constitution”. He wrote a proposal that formed the basis of the American Constitution and succeeded Thomas Jefferson as president of the United States.

Thomas Jefferson
was leader of the revolutionary movement in Virginia and as a delegate to the Continental Congress, he drafted the Declaration of Independence. He later negotiated of the Louisiana Purchase with France resulting in the land size of the United States doubling.

Benjamin Franklin
was one of the Founding Fathers and had numerous skills including those of a printer, inventor, author, politician and scientist. He is particularly known for his research in electricity and became the first United States Postmaster General.

Samuel Adams
was a patriot and successful politician in colonial Massachusetts. He was an American statesman who became a prominent leader of the American Revolution and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.

James Otis
was the patriotic lawyer in colonial Massachusetts who opposed the Writs of Assistance (Search Warrants) that were deemed to be a form of tyranny.

Crispus Attucks
was black American and was the first to fall during the Boston Massacre and is acknowledged as the first martyr of the American Revolution.

John Hancock
was a patriotic leader of the Sons of Liberty in Massachusetts and the first to sign the Declaration of Independence.

Patrick Henry
was the great American patriot and orator well known for his speech that included the words "If this be treason, make the most of it!" and "Give me liberty or give me death!"

Paul Revere
was a patriot and political activist well known for his roles in the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party. His actions were immortalized in the poem “The Paul Revere’s Ride” by Henry W. Longfellow.

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