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Important people for grade 3

Juan Ponce de Leon Sponsored by Spain;landed in Florida; Wanted to discover riches; legend states he discovered the fountain of youth.
Christopher Columbus Sponsored by Spain; developed a regular sea route from Europe to North America; discovered the New World by landing in San Salvador; his missin was to find a western route to Asia.
Jacques Cartier Sponsored by France; he wanted to discover riches and colonize the New World; explored the St. Lawrence River Valley ( near Quebec Canada); and he gave France a North American claim.
Christopher Newport Sponsored by England; He wanted to discover riches especially gold;Find a western sea route to Asia; and to colonize North America.
Pocahontas Native American girl who was a helper, and friend to settlers in Jamestown, VA.
George Washington First United States President; known as the Father of Our Country; Worked under the new republican form of government;and helped put the basic principles into practice for the new nation.
Rosa Parks A great African American woman who refused to give up her seat on a public bus;she helped bring about changes in laws and worked so that all people would have equal rights.
Thurgood Marshall First African American Justice of the United States Supreme Court;as a lawyer, he defended people at a time when not all people had equal rights.
Jackie Robinson First African American major league baseball player; his actions resulted in opportunities for other African Americans.
Martin Luther King Jr. African American minister who worked so that all people would be treated fairly; he helped bring about changes in laws through peaceful means;there is a national holiday in January to celebrate his accomplishments.
Thomas Jefferson Born in Virginia; Third President of the U.S.; Wrote the Declaration of Independence which states that Americans have certain rights;he helped develop the country.
Abraham Lincoln Sixteenth U.S. President;President during the Civil War;Known as honest Abe; He helped free African Americans.
Benjamin Franklin Helped write the Declaration of Independence; he was the inventor of bifocals, the Franklin stove, a free library system, and the lightning rod.
George Washington Carver Famous Plant Scientist; Found hundreds of uses for peanuts, sweet potatoes, and soybeans.
Eleanor Roosevelt First woman appointed to be a member of the United Nations; during this appointment she supported human rights, equality, and traveled the world.
Susan B. Anthony Led the struggle for equal rights for women; including the right to vote.
Harriet Tubman African American abolitionist, humanitarian, and a union spy during the civil war; after escaping from slavery, she made more than 13 missions to rescue more than 70 slaves, using the underground railroad.
Cesar Chavez Advocated for the rights of migrant farm workers.
Betsy Ross Sewed the first United States Flag
Helen Keller Due to an illness when she was young, Helen became blind and deaf; throughout her life, she overcame many challenges; she was an advocate for people with disabilities.
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