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The Jamestown Experiment: The Remarkable Story of the Enterprising Colony and the Unexpected Results That Shaped Americaby Tony Williams
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The American dream was built along the banks of the James River in Virginia.
The settlers who established America's first permanent English colony at Jamestown were not seeking religious or personal freedom. They were comprised of gentlemen adventurers and common tradesmen who risked their lives and fortunes on the venture and stood to reap the rewards-the rewards of personal profit and the glory of mother England. If they could live long enough to see their dream come to life.
The Jamestown Experiment is the dramatic, engaging, and tumultuous story of one of the most audacious business efforts in Western history. It is the story of well-known figures like John Smith setting out to create a source of wealth not bestowed by heritage. As they struggled to make this dream come true, they would face relentless calamities, including mutinies, shipwrecks, native attacks, and even cannibalism. And at every step of the way, the decisions they made to keep this business alive would not only affect their effort, but would shape the future of the land on which they had settled in ways they never could have expected.
The Jamestown Experiment is the untold story of the unlikely and dramatic events that defined the self-made man and gave birth to the American dream.
Tony Williams taught history and literature for ten years, and has a master's in American history from Ohio State University. He wrote Hurricane of Independence and The Pox and the Covenant, and is currently a full-time author who lives in Williamsburg, Virginia, with his wife and children.
"Williams fills his absorbing new effort (The Pox and the Covenant) with outrageously colorful characters, including arrogant politicos, mutinous citizens, treacherous Indians, their equally cruel white counterparts, and 'gentleman adventurers' aplenty. After the journey of '107 brave souls...across 3,000 miles of ocean into a virtually unknown land...the tottering colony faced very grim prospects in the race against death.' Atrocities were rampant: emissaries to the Indians were 'killed and their mouths Ã¢Â€Â˜stopped full of bread' as a sign of what would happen to any Englishmen who sought food from the Indians,' and after one battle an English leader ordered a soldier beheaded for sparing Indians, including children. 'They decided to toss the children overboard and shoot them.' Williams chronicles dreadful voyages, shipwrecks (including one that stranded a group in Bermuda for a year), unremitting privation, interminable skirmishes among Indians and settlers, a flamboyant public relations ploy to attract more English investment, and more. Miraculously, settlers survived this disastrous period (1607 to 1619), evolving to enjoy a thriving tobacco trade. 'The American dream was built along the banks of the James River,' says Williams, but before the dream came the nightmare. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Book News Annotation:
Author, educator, and lecturer Williams writes that while the first permanent English colony at Jamestown seemed doomed to fail for a variety of well-known reasons, the colonists finally found the solutions to put the colony on track for success. The book tells the story of the events and people responsible for the Jamestown turnaround and why, over time, it has had such a strong influence on the shaping of a distinct American character. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The Jamestown Experiment is the dramatic, engaging, and tumultuous story of one of the most audacious business efforts in Western history. It is the story of well-known figures like John Smith setting out to create a source of wealth not bestowed by heritage. The decisions they made to keep this business alive-tobacco and indentured servants among them-would not only affect their effort, but shape the future of the land they adopted.
The Jamestown Experiment is the untold story of the unlikely and dramatic events that defined the "self-made man" and gave birth to the American dream.
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