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A comprehensive review of the establishment of the North American colonies,
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This review is from: The Barbarous Years: The Peopling of British North America: The Conflict of Civilizations, 1600-1675 (Hardcover)
While much of the material will be familiar to anyone interested in American history, there is always more to be learned, especially about the first two or three decades of a colony's existence. While I was generally familiar with the founding of Jamestown--and a poor location and poor choice of settlers it was--I was surprised to learn the founders of the New England colonies were not the monolithic bloc of religious fanatics I had supposed. Indeed, their doctrinal disputes nearly tore the colony apart. While many were obsessed with the tenets of their religion, many more were in North America to make a shilling--or preferably, a good many pounds.
Recommended for the general reader.