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A Tale of Two Colonies: What Really Happened in Virginia and Bermuda?

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In 1609, two years after its English founding, colonists struggled to stay alive in a tiny fort at Jamestown.John Smith fought to keep order, battling both English and Indians. When he left, desperate colonists ate lizards, rats, and human flesh. Surviving accounts of the “Starving Time” differ, as do modern scholars’ theories.Meanwhile, the Virginia-bound Sea Venture was ...more
Hardcover, 232 pages
Published December 20th 2011 by University of Missouri (first published November 15th 2011)
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Maureen
Aug 17, 2012 Maureen rated it really liked it
Anyone who likes to read about early American history will like this book. Virgina Bernhard wrote a historical fiction of the Jamestown settlement in a book entitled A Durable Fire, which is excellent.

This book, A Tale of Two Colonies is not fiction, but explains the politics and problems among the members of the Virginia Company, who provided the financing for the first trip to the settlement. It is fascinating to read about how the Sea Venture (one of the original ships sailing to Jamestown)
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Jennifer
Aug 21, 2013 Jennifer rated it liked it
I really struggled through the beginning of the book. I found the writing to be terribly boring despite the fascinating history. The book does pick up toward the middle and from there on out it was very interesting. I did learn quite a bit. I had no idea that Bermuda was the second colony for the British and it all happened by chance. I am happy that I finished after my trip to Bermuda as the story brought up many pleasant memories from our explorations around the town of St. Georges. I can't ...more
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Great book if you have an interest in this part of the world. I learnt a lot that I had not come across before. Thank you to the author for putting a lot of it in plain English - made it easier to follow.
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Virginia Bernhard (B.A., Rice; M.A., University of Pennsylvania; Ph.D., Rice) is Professor Emerita of History at the University of St. Thomas. Born in Austin, Texas, she grew up in Houston, attending Lanier Junior High School, San Jacinto High School, and Rice University. After graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania she returned to Houston and earned a Ph.D. in history at Rice. She lives ...more
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“In the early 1600s, for nearly two decades, Virginia and Bermuda were the only English colonies in the New World. Here, for the first time, English, Indians, and Africans had to learn to live together. After four hundred years, there is still much to learn.” 1 likes
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