Lead: In 1754  Benjamin Franklin modeled a colonial Plan of Union on that of the Six Nations of the Haudenosaunee (ho dee noe sho nee), the Iroquois.

Intro.: Dan Roberts and 'A Moment in Time,' with 'Jamestown - Journey of Democracy,' tracing the global advance of democratic ideals since the founding of Jamestown, Virginia in 1607.

                Content: By 1725 the English colonies of North America were pretty much established. These societies were, however, precariously perched on the Eastern seaboard. The faced westward into an enormous continental expanse filled with a large population of indigenous Americans, highly skeptical of English intentions and correctly suspicious that the colonists had designs on Indian land. Equally threatening was the growing presence of the French in what became Canada and the Mississippi Valley.

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