Whereas the Spanish made inroads in the southern and western portions of the American continent

Whereas the Spanish made inroads in the southern and western portions of the American continent

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Whereas the Spanish made inroads in the southern and western portions of the  American continent, and the French advanced into the interior, the English concentrated  their early colonial efforts along the Atlantic coast. Even before the well-known journey  of the Mayflower and the establishment of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, the English  had another plan for settlement in the form of the Virginia Company. Named after  Queen Elizabeth I in honor of her long-time chastity, Virginia was a vast area of land  that covered a significant portion of the present-day Southeastern United States,  stretching to the Mississippi River and, by some claims, beyond.  Early publicity for the colony was drummed up by adventurer Sir Walter Ralegh and  Thomas Harriot, whose  Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia,
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