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Chapter 5. Connecting to the Internet (Growing into a Village)

Chapter 5. Connecting to the Internet (Growing into a Village)


The Smiths picked a great location. So great, in fact, that others soon came to live nearby. Over time, their homestead turned into a group of farms and eventually grew into a small village. John Smith was elected the mayor of this village, and the village thrived. As the village grew, they built roads to other towns, villages, and cities around the area, hoping to encourage trade and communication. The roads also brought new dangers to protect against. Thieves out in the countryside threatened travelers. All kinds of people could ride into the village on the new roads, and some might not be trustworthy. This up-and-coming village had plenty of new trouble to watch out for.

Some residents thought to themselves, “Our homes are safe; those thieves are far away from here.” Others thought, “It is easy to catch the bad guys, so we’ll be protected. Besides, we have nothing they want.” But John knew better. He talked to local officials and used the same thinking that had kept his home safe for all these years. John appointed a sheriff to help enforce the laws and allowed some of the residents to be deputies. The villagers built walls around some critical areas and added a strong vault for the bank, corrals for the horses, and barns and store-houses for food. The townspeople also all watched out for each other. They were neighbors and friends, who helped one another and kept an eye on unusual things. John even had the sheriff and the deputies ride the roads to check for trouble.


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