The Jamestown Project

The Jamestown Project

Book - 2007
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Captain John Smith's 1607 voyage to Jamestown was not his first trip abroad. He had travelled 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, merchants, and soldiers who had also sailed to the distant shores of the Ottoman Empire, Africa and Ireland in search of new beginnings encountered Indians who already possessed broad understanding of Europeans. Experience of foreign environments and cultures had sharpened survival instincts on all sides and aroused challenging questions about human nature and its potential for transformation. It is against this enlarged temporal and geographic background that Jamestown dramatically emerges in Karen Kupperman's breathtaking study.
Publisher: Cambridge, MA. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2007.
ISBN: 9780674024748
Branch Call Number: 973.21
Characteristics: viii, 380 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.


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ArapahoeHollyR Sep 19, 2017

A revisionist account of Jamestown that tries to place the project within a larger global and cultural context. Some of Kupperman's most interesting claims come from her view of the economic implications of the early settlement and its role in establishing the U.S. as a capitalist society. Her book also serves as a valuable synthesis of historiography on Jamestown.


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