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Profits in the Wilderness: Entrepreneurship and the Founding of New England Towns in the Seventeenth Century

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In examining the founding of New England towns during the seventeenth century, John Frederick Martin investigates an old subject with fresh insight. Whereas most historians emphasize communalism and absence of commerce in the seventeenth century, Martin demonstrates that colonists sought profits in town-founding, that town founders used business corporations to organize themselves into landholding bodies, and that multiple and absentee landholding was common.

In reviewing some sixty towns and the activities of one hundred town founders, Martin finds that many town residents were excluded from owning common lands and from voting. It was not until the end of the seventeenth century, when proprietors separated from towns, that town institutions emerged as fully public entities for the first time.

Martin's study will challenge historians to rethink not only social history but also the cultural history of early New England. Instead of taking sides in the long-standing debate between Puritan scholars and business historians, Martin identifies strains within Puritanism and the rest of the colonists' culture that both discouraged and encouraged land commerce, both supported and undermined communalism, both hindered and hastened development of the wilderness. Rather than portray colonists one-dimensionally, Martin analyzes how several different and competing ethics coexisted within a single, complex, and vibrant New England culture.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [335]-349) and index.

About the Author

John Frederick Martin received his Ph.D. in history from Harvard University and is an independent scholar affiliated with The Bancroft Group in Washington, D.C.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807843468
Other:
Martin, John Frederick
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Author:
Martin, John Frederick
Location:
Chapel Hill :
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Entrepreneurship
Subject:
Cities and towns
Subject:
New england
Subject:
Economic Conditions
Subject:
Capitalism
Subject:
United States - Colonial Period
Subject:
State, Provincial & Local Government
Subject:
New England Politics and government To 1775.
Subject:
Entrepreneurship -- New England -- History -- 17th century.
Subject:
United States / Colonial Period(1600-1775)
Subject:
colonial history; business; New England
Subject:
New England Economic conditions.
Subject:
New England Politics and government.
Subject:
colonial history;
Subject:
Business
Subject:
Economics - General
Copyright:
Series:
Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia
Series Volume:
SP-17A(90
Publication Date:
December 1991
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
379
Dimensions:
9.27x6.01x1.12 in. 1.31 lbs.

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