The Jamestown Experiment: The Remarkable Story of the Enterprising Colony and the Unexpected Results That Shaped America
"The American dream was built along the banks of the James River in Virginia."
The settlers who established America's first permanent English colony at Jamestown were not seeking religious or personal freedom. They were comprised of gentlemen adventurers and common tradesmen who risked their lives and fortunes on the venture and stood to reap the rewards-the rewards of per...more
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Parts of this were so funny, the sheer incompetence of the settlers, the stupidity of their leaders, and the ways in which all their mistakes could basically be blamed on men thinking with their penis instead of the ...more
One is the very detailed and interesting story of the Jamestown colony. Despite growing up only an hour away, I knew very little about Jamestown. I mean I knew the basics. Englishmen got there, they fought Native Americans, they died a lot. Helps that my high school was in the same county as Matoaca High School (Matoaca--another name for Pocahontas), Monacan (a Native America ...more
Jamestown was founded by investors hoping to find gold and silver, convert the native people to Anglican Christianity, find the Nothwest Passage to Asia and her riches, and to keep the Spanish out of North America. The experiment was an absymal failure. The settlers starved or died of disease. They were indolent. The Natives were most definitely NOT fr ...more
This is one of recent history books in a quasi story form that would have you remembering the main characters in the history of Jamestown if Williams would ...more
On the other hand, I'm not fully convinced of his thesis that it was the solely the influence of the early opportunistic capitalists that shaped our country, given that they ran the show for such a short time. But it was still a fascinating read.