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Bush Marks 400th Anniversary of First English Colony in America

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President Bush has marked the 400th anniversary of the founding of the first permanent English settlement in America.

The president and First Lady Laura Bush toured historic Jamestown in the eastern state of Virginia before giving a speech in nearby Williamsburg.

During his address, Mr. Bush said Jamestown symbolizes a migration from the old world of Europe to the new world of the Americas.

He said it was a story of hardship overcome by resolve, and the English colonists planted the seeds of democracy for the United States.

Mr. Bush also acknowledged the expansion of Jamestown came at a terrible cost to the Native American tribes of the region, who lost their lands and way of life. He also said the journey of many Africans to Jamestown marked the beginnings of a life of slavery.

In 1607, a group of 104 English men and boys began a settlement on the bank of what is now Virginia's James River, enduring a lack of food and disease as they struggled to establish the first English colony in the New World.

Shegoftah Nasreen Queen from VOA Bangla Service , who is now in Jamestown, talks to Sarkar Kabiruddin on the event.


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