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My Indian Heritage

Guess what! My great grandfather was a member of the Indian Parliament (senator).His name was T.N. Viswanatha Reddy and he was a great politician. He was born on July 1, 1919. The people in India who supported him were from Chittoor and Rajampet in South India. He was part of the first Parliament (congress) after India got independence from the British. He belonged to the Indian National Congress Party who fought for India’s independence. He was under the first prime minister of India, Nehru. My great grandfather died on June 31, 1989 at the age 70.

He had three children who were named Ramachandra Reddy, Saila Reddy and Shobha Reddy ( my grandmother). His grandchildren are Deepa Reddy, Vishnu Reddy, Pavan Reddy, Arjun Reddy, Pallavi Reddy  and Shilpa Reddy ( my mother). And finally his great grandchildren are Aditi Reddy, Nithya Reddy, Nikhil Reddy, Kushal Reddy, Varun Reddy,Saharsh Reddy, Keya Premraj, Nidhi Reddy, Meera Spencer (me), Max Spencer (my brother), Dhruv Reddy, and Leela Reddy.

And there is something else really cool about my Indian heritage. My great great uncle

was once the President of India between the years of 1977 to 1982. He was the 6th President of India and his name was Neelam Sanjiva Reddy. Something really cool is that my mom visited him at the presidential palace in New Delhi while he was the President and she was eleven years old. He was a part of the Janata Party and he died on June 1 1996 at the age 83.

My great great uncle.

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I couldn’t find my great grandfather so I did his son.

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The Important Thing About Captain John Smith

The Important Thing About Captain John Smith By: Meera Spencer

The important thing about Captain John Smith is that he helped communicate and make peace with the natives for the second English colony sent to Virginia. This colony was the first to survive all the hard winters, the food shortages and natives. In Jamestown(the town they built) at one point of their lives the people/hunters couldn’t hunt because the natives would pick them off one by one so they couldn’t get food and some people starved to death. Also that was bad because sickness soon came upon the people and more than 100 people died from it. Also if Captain John Smith never came to Jamestown, the natives would have killed everyone and no one would have survived.Everyone would have probably ended up like the Roanoke Colony. When Captain John Smith was in Jamestown he worked really hard to make houses and to hunt. This hard work was paid off in 1608 when Smith became the third president of Jamestown. Even though Smith only ruled for about a year, he was known to be the best president of Jamestown. But the important thing about Captain John Smith, is that he helped communicate and make peace with the natives for the second English colony sent to Virginia.

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Doak, Robins S.  John Smith and the Settlement of Jamestown.2003.

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The Three Worlds of Captain John Smith (1964); Alden T. Vaughan, American Genesis: Captain John Smith and the Founding of Virginia(1975).

“Smith, John.” World Book Kids, World Book, 2017, . Accessed 16 Nov. 2017.