The Jamestown Project
Listen to a short interview with Karen Ordahl Kupperman
Host: Chris Gondek | Producer: Heron & Crane
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, mer...more
I read this book right before Savage Kingdom: The True Story of Jamestown, 1607, and the Settlement of America and liked it equally. In fact, I would highly recommend reading them togeth ...more
Kupperman's work spends much time trying to lay a mental/cultural foundation in an attempt to delve into the English mind before undertaking the Jamestown Project. She does well here, but her summary attempt touches a number of tangential, nonessential factors, such as Islam. She really has to stretch facts a ...more
What I thought was particularly interesting was the overall European view, offering analysis of how Jamestown and other attempted settlements fit into the English system (no gov't money!) and how they were perceived by the Spanish (a threat!).
In this day and age, it's interesting to see t ...more
Three months later. The pace never picked up and I never picked the book up again.