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The Jamestown Project

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Captain John Smith's 1607 voyage to Jamestown was not his first trip abroad. He had traveled throughout Europe, been sold as a war captive in Turkey, escaped, and returned to England in time to join the Virginia Company's colonizing project. In Jamestown migrants, merchants, and soldiers who had also sailed to the distant shores of the Ottoman Empire, Africa, and Ireland in search of new beginnings encountered Indians who already possessed broad understanding of Europeans. Experience of foreign environments and cultures had sharpened survival instincts on all sides and aroused challenging questions about human nature and its potential for transformation.

It is against this enlarged temporal and geographic background that Jamestown dramatically emerges in Karen Kupperman's breathtaking study. Reconfiguring the national myth of Jamestown's failure, she shows how the settlement's distinctly messy first decade actually represents a period of ferment in which individuals were learning how to make a colony work. Despite the settlers' dependence on the Chesapeake Algonquians and strained relations with their London backers, they forged a tenacious colony that survived where others had failed. Indeed, the structures and practices that evolved through trial and error in Virginia would become the model for all successful English colonies, including Plymouth.

Capturing England's intoxication with a wider world through ballads, plays, and paintings, and the stark reality of Jamestown--for Indians and Europeans alike--through the words of its inhabitants as well as archeological and environmental evidence, Kupperman re-creates these formative years with astonishing detail.

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Despite the original settlers' dependence on the Chesapeake Algonquians and strained relations with their London backers, they forged a colony that survived where others had failed. Reconfiguring the myth of Jamestown's failure, Kupperman shows how the settlement's messy first decade actually represented a period of ferment in which individuals were learning how to make a colony work.

About the Author

Karen Ordahl Kupperman is Silver Professor of History at New York University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Creation Myths

1. Elizabethan England Engages the World

2. Adventurers, Opportunities, and Improvisation

3. Indian Experience of the Atlantic

4. English Hunger for the New

5. Grasping America's Contours

6. A Welter of Colonial Projects

7. Jamestown's Uncertain Beginnings

8. The Project Revised

9. James Cittie in Virginia

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674030565
Author:
Kupperman, Karen Ordahl
Publisher:
Belknap Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Expeditions & Discoveries
Subject:
United States - Colonial Period
Subject:
Modern - 17th Century
Subject:
United States - State & Local - South
Subject:
US History-Colonial America
Subject:
History, Modern -- 17th century.
Subject:
HISTORY / United States/Colonial Period (1600-1775)
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
October 2008
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
41 halftones
Pages:
392
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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