The Story of the Thirteen Colonies


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(4.1 stars; 5 reviews)

These short vignettes of American history are written for the young reader. Each one is a little capsule of a person or event. They run from the pre-Columbian era through the end of the American War of Independence. Some of the expressions and language reflect attitudes of the 18th century that seem out of place from the vantage of the 21st century, but these nuggets of history give a glimpse into that era. - Summary by Larry Wilson (8 hr 58 min)

Chapters

Preface 7:44 Read by Larry Wilson
Our Country Long Ago 6:50 Read by Kangaroo
The Barbarous Indians 6:55 Read by Kangaroo
The Mounds 5:36 Read by Kangaroo
Where the Northmen went 6:17 Read by Kangaroo
The Northmen in America 6:36 Read by Kangaroo
Queer Ideas 6:34 Read by Kangaroo
Prince Henry the Navigator 6:09 Read by Kangaroo
Youth of Columbus 5:38 Read by Nich Sandoval
Columbus and the Queen 6:24 Read by Nich Sandoval
"Land! Land!" 6:32 Read by Nich Sandoval
Columbus and the Savages 4:47 Read by Larry Wilson
Home Again 6:42 Read by Greg Giordano
Columbus Illtreated 6:40 Read by Greg Giordano
Death of Columbus 5:25 Read by Greg Giordano
How America got its Name 4:23 Read by Kristin G.
The Fountain of Youth 7:02 Read by Greg Giordano
"The Father of Waters" 7:30 Read by Greg Giordano
The French in Canada 4:40 Read by Donald Cummings
French and Spanish Quarrels 5:02 Read by Donald Cummings
The Sky City 5:09 Read by Kristin G.
Around the World 5:41 Read by Roohi
Nothing but Smoke 6:22 Read by Roohi
Smith's Adventures 7:17 Read by Roohi
The Jamestown Men 5:48 Read by J. Alan Brown
Smith wounded 6:30 Read by Greg Giordano
The Visit of Pocahontas to England 7:21 Read by Greg Giordano
Hudson and the Indians 6:26 Read by Larry Wilson
The Mayflower 7:46 Read by Maggie Travers
Plymouth Rock 5:17 Read by Maggie Travers
The First American Thanksgiving 5:32 Read by Maggie Travers
The Snake Skin and the Bullets 6:12 Read by Maggie Travers
The Beginning of Boston 7:06 Read by Maggie Travers
Stories of Two Ministers 6:02 Read by Maggie Travers
Williams and the Indians 7:00 Read by Maggie Travers
The Quakers 3:47 Read by Maggie Travers
The King-Killers 4:33 Read by Maggie Travers
King Philip's War 6:13 Read by Maggie Travers
The Beginning of New York 6:58 Read by Maggie Travers
Penn and the Indians 7:45 Read by Maggie Travers
The Catholics in Maryland 5:10 Read by George J. Galloway
The Old Dominion 5:37 Read by Greg Giordano
Bacon's Rebellion 4:13 Read by Greg Giordano
A Journey Inland 4:13 Read by Elijah Fisher
The Carolina Pirates 7:02 Read by Kristin G.
Charter Oak 8:15 Read by J. Alan Brown
Salem Witches 5:40 Read by Laura Victoria
Down the Mississippi 10:56 Read by Greg Giordano
La Salle's Adventures 8:09 Read by Greg Giordano
Indians on the Warpath 6:37 Read by Larry Wilson
Two Wars with the French 5:44 Read by Larry Wilson
Washington's Boyhood 6:11 Read by Lois Beachy Yoder
Washington's Journey 5:50 Read by Larry Wilson
Washington's First Battle 2:57 Read by Larry Wilson
Stories of Franklin 9:21 Read by Mike Pelton
Braddock's Defeat 6:45 Read by Mike Pelton
Wolfe at Quebec 7:46 Read by Mike Pelton
How England Treated Her Colonies 6:09 Read by Mike Pelton
The Stamp Tax 5:25 Read by Mike Pelton
The Anger of the Colonies 5:42 Read by Mike Pelton
The Boston Tea Party 6:44 Read by Hugh Gillis
The Minutemen 5:51 Read by Hugh Gillis
The Battle of Lexington 5:44 Read by Hugh Gillis
Bunker Hill 8:13 Read by Hugh Gillis
The Boston Boys 5:32 Read by Hugh Gillis
The British leave Boston 5:40 Read by Hugh Gillis
Declaration of Independence 6:37 Read by Hugh Gillis
A Lady's Way of Helping 6:31 Read by Denise Nordell
Christmas Eve 6:03 Read by Denise Nordell
The Fight at Bennington 8:44 Read by Greg Giordano
Burgoyne's Surrender 8:13 Read by Greg Giordano
The Winter at Valley Forge 6:15 Read by Maggie Travers
The Quaker Woman 6:47 Read by Bruce Kachuk
Putnam's Adventures 6:24 Read by Bruce Kachuk
Indian Cruelty 7:48 Read by Bruce Kachuk
Boone in Kentucky 7:27 Read by Maggie Travers
Famous Sea Fights 6:34 Read by Bruce Kachuk
The "Swamp Fox" 6:45 Read by Bruce Kachuk
The Poor Soldiers 4:08 Read by Bruce Kachuk
The Spy 9:21 Read by Bruce Kachuk
A Traitor's Death 4:42 Read by Bruce Kachuk
Two Unselfish Women 4:50 Read by Kristin G.
The Surrender of Cornwallis 7:41 Read by Greg Giordano
The British Flag Hauled down 5:54 Read by Greg Giordano
Washington's Farewell 4:28 Read by Larry Wilson

Reviews

As a “Mongrel” I could not have picked a better example of colonial racism. Thi…


(0.5 stars)

“A slave among Christians is better…” a slave is a slave. North and South colonial nations are inherently perverted. This eight hour blurb should be seen as an example of American propaganda. I cannot express my most sincere gratitude towards the people who read this… you are my heroes.

required reading


(5 stars)

This should be required reading in elementary school in the US. Very informative and the readers are all good, besides maybe one.