Jamestown Colony: A Political, Social, and Cultural History by Frank Grizzard, D. Boyd Smith

By Frank Grizzard, D. Boyd Smith

Four centuries after its founding, Jamestown has turn into the stuff of flicks, legend, and tourism. this significant paintings treats the truth in the back of the legends—Pocahontas, John Rolfe, Powhatan, John Smith, and others—and places the tales right into a broader context. greater than 250 A–Z entries aspect the colonial techniques, army issues, political realities, and private privations that went into the production of the 1st enduring beachhead within the British attempt to colonize the recent World.

Based on fundamental resources and ongoing archaeological paintings, this ebook is the main entire examine lifestyles in Jamestown. The reader will locate targeted scholarship on all of the commonplace names in addition to the tales of the lesser identified, advised of their personal phrases while attainable. released within the quadricentennial of Jamestown's founding, this reliable reference is a useful source for the coed and heritage buff.

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For the same reason, all colonists were to work for the common, corporate good, and at the end of seven years they were to share in the company dividends, even those who had indentured themselves to go to Virginia. Thus, the London Company became a shared investment, the stockholder offering his money, the planter his labor and perhaps his life. Exploiting an unfathomable outpouring of nationalism and optimism, promoters attracted the great merchants, the landed nobility, the gentry, the London guilds, and the old Plymouth interests.

About fifteen miles below the falls” to be the new main post. There, in September 1611, he moved 300 planters and built at Henrico forts, homes, a large church, storehouses, and a palisade across the twomile neck of land, fronting the palisade with a moat after the Dutch manner. Then, he repeated this process at other sites down the river. The most successful enclosure was Bermuda City at the confluence of the James and Appomattox rivers. This large area, some twenty miles around, gradually became the new population center.

No longer did the governor have direct control over the colony’s labor force. Each association ran its particular plantation, and the private planters controlled their own land. Furthermore, the Londoners deliberately blurred distinctions between company officials and private planters by employing men who had personal stakes in Virginia rather than men who intended to make their fortunes and return home. For instance, Yeardley as governor was responsible for supervising company lands and the cape merchant, but he also managed Smythe’s Hundred and Weyanoke, developed the governor’s lands for his salary, and established a large personal plantation, Flowerdew Hundred, as a long-term investment.

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