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Name: Giacomo Voorhees
Age: 11
From: Massachusetts

Giacomo Voorhees is 11 years old. He and his family represent the bulk of early colonists: skilled, middle-class adventurers seeking opportunity in a new world. They are from Massachusetts.

"I think my biggest challenge was having to live on a very limited diet, although my mom is an excellent cook which helped me cope with it somewhat. Unlike most of my fellow colonists, I liked the clothes and I'm still trying to convince my mom to let me wear them to school. Work was hard, but oftentimes rewarding. I also enjoyed working with the animals, which was usually quite amusing. Furthermore, I am very proud of what I accomplished in completing the project and I believe that I gained from it a greater understanding of, and most of all appreciation for, life in 2003."

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As a young married couple, John and Michelle left their rural village in Worcestershire with their son Giacomo, seeking a way out of the rural poverty that gripped many English families. They moved to Bristol, the second largest city in England, and a magnet for people seeking opportunity. Unfortunately, the situation in Bristol was not much better. For a time, John served as a soldier, fighting in the wars on the continent. He then found work as a laborer, working a variety of jobs on the busy waterfront. Michelle is able to supplement their income working as a successful seamstress.

They have heard wonderful stories about America from the fishermen and sailors of Bristol who have visited there. When word spread that the Colonial House Company was seeking settlers for a new Colony, the Voorhees leapt at the opportunity. This will be their chance to own a house and land, and be prosperous farmers.

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Giacomo explains why he misses his friends and life at home. Watch the video.

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I enjoyed working with the animals, which was usually quite amusing.

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