Synopses & Reviews
Although it was the first permanent English settlement in North America, Jamestown is too often overlooked in the writing of American history. Founded thirteen years before the Mayflower sailed, Jamestowns courageous settlers have been overshadowed ever since by the pilgrims of Plymouth. But as historian James Horn demonstrates in this vivid and meticulously researched account, Jamestown-not Plymouth-was the true crucible of American history. Jamestown introduced slavery into English-speaking North America; it became the first of Englands colonies to adopt a representative government; and it was the site of the first white-Indian clashes over territorial expansion. As we approach the four-hundredth anniversary of Jamestown in 2007, A Land As God Made It offers the definitive account of the colony that give rise to America.
On the eve of the 400th anniversary of the founding of the Jamestown colony, this authoritative history argues that Jamestown, not Plymouth, was the true birthplace of the American experience.
The definitive account of Jamestown: the colony that give rise to America
About the Author
James Horn is ONeill Director of the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and lecturer at the College of William and Mary. He has written and edited several books on topics in colonial and early American history. He lives in Williamsburg, Virginia.