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Jamestown Experiment

ISBN: 9781402243530

By: Tony Williams

Published: 02/22/2011

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Description

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 personal profit and the glory of mother England. If they could live long enough to see their dream come to life.

The Jamestown Experiment is the dramatic, engaging, and tumultuous story of one of the most audacious business efforts in Western history. It is the story of well-known figures like John Smith setting out to create a source of wealth not bestowed by heritage. As they struggled to make this dream come true, they would face relentless calamities, including mutinies, shipwrecks, native attacks, and even cannibalism. And at every step of the way, the decisions they made to keep this business alive would not only affect their effort, but would shape the future of the land on which they had settled in ways they never could have expected.

The Jamestown Experiment is the untold story of the unlikely and dramatic events that defined the “self-made man” and gave birth to the American dream.

Tony Williams taught history and literature for ten years, and has a master’s in American history from Ohio State University. He wrote Hurricane of Independence and The Pox and the Covenant, and is currently a full-time author who lives in Williamsburg, Virginia, with his wife and children.

About the Author

Tony Williams

Tony Williams taught history and literature for ten years, and has a Master’s in American History from Ohio State University. He is currently a full-time author who lives in Williamsburg, Virginia, with his wife and children.

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Table of Contents

Contents
Acknowledgments       ix
Introduction           xi
1. Gentlemen Adventurers and the Call to Empire   1
2. John Smith and the Idea of Virginia    25
3. Voyaging to Virginia        41
4. Settling Virginia        55
5. Death in Jamestown         69
6. Golden Dreams          87
7. The Rise of John Smith       103
8. For God, Glory, and Gold        123
9. A Fateful Day for the Sea Venture139
10. The Sinking of the Sea Venture151
11. The Fall of John Smith      161
12. The Isle of Devils       173
13. The Starving Time       191
14. Martial Law       203
15. War           215
16. An Enterprising Colony      233
17. A Royal Colony        245
Epilogue          255
Endnotes        259
Bibliography          279
Index           287
About the Author         33

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From Chapter One
Gentlemen Adventurers and the Call to Empire

Long before Jamestown was settled, adventurous Englishmen were among the first Europeans to brave the da

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“Author, educator, and lecturer Williams writes that while the first permanent English colony at Jamestown seemed doomed to fail for a variety of well-known reasons, the colonists finall...

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Specs

Format: Paperback

Dimensions
Length: 9 in
Width: 6 in
Weight: 17.20 oz
Page Count: 320 pages

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