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Robert Cole's World: Agriculture and Society in Early Maryland (Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia) 1st New edition Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0807843413
ISBN-10: 0807843415
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Editorial Reviews

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"An indispensable guide through the dark ages of Chesapeake history.

Carville Earle, Louisiana State University"

""Robert Cole's World," simply put, is the finest book ever written on agriculture in seventeenth-century America.

Peter A. Coclanis, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill"

An indispensable guide through the dark ages of Chesapeake history.

Carville Earle, Louisiana State University

"Robert Cole's World," simply put, is the finest book ever written on agriculture in seventeenth-century America.

Peter A. Coclanis, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

"Robert Cole's World", simply put, is the finest book ever written on agriculture in seventeenth-century America.

Peter A. Coclanis, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Robert Cole's World is a stunning achievement that establishes, once and for all, the nature of Chesapeake economy and society on the eve of its transformation to a stratified, slave-based society. . . . It is an indispensable guide through the dark ages of Chesapeake history.--Carville Earle, Louisiana State University



Robert Cole's World, simply put, is the finest book ever written on agriculture in seventeenth-century America. . . . The early social development of the Chesapeake region is captured as never before. Whether one is interested in farm-building or in community elaboration, in family life or in class formation, one will want to turn to Robert Cole's World.--Peter A. Coclanis, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Product Details

  • Series: Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; 1st New edition edition (October 21, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807843415
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807843413
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #687,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on September 27, 2003
Format: Paperback
Robert Cole's World is a great book. Covering the history of Robert Cole and his family from England to their immigration to Lord Baltimore's Colony of Maryland, the book is a must for anyone interested in early American history. Background on the Cole family, 17th century tobacco cultivation, and daily life in 17th century Maryland are all incorporated into this interesting and nicely written book. Included are copies of the Cole family's inventory, as well as Robert Cole's will. For anyone interested in colonial American history and what life was like before American slavery took hold, Robert Cole's world is for you.
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Robert Cole's World was of much interest to me mainly because several of my ancestors were mentioned in the book. After researching my genealogy I found that Robert Cole, Luke Gardiner and Joseph Alvey were all my eighth great grandfathers on my father's side. James Martin and Peter Mills were two of my eight great grandfathers on my mother's side. Other direct grandfathers mentioned were Edward Clarke, Edward Cole, Richard Gardiner, James Martin, Jr., and Nicholas Mills. My great grandmothers listed were Robert Cole's wife Rebecca and mother; Robert's son Edward's wife, Honora Ford; Luke Gardiner's wife Elizabeth Hatton; Richard Gardiner's wife Elizabeth Ware, James Martin's wife Anne Maynard, and Peter Mills' wife Mary Shercliffe.

I found the book well researched and very interesting to me because of my connection to Robert Cole's family. I learned that even though Robert Cole was considered well off, he lived in a small rustic home with very few furnishings and clothing for his family. Having indentured servants helping both in the home and with the farming was more important than possessions.
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Before the widower, Robert Cole, traveled from the "New World" of Maryland back to England, he appointed a guardian to care for his property and children. This required an inventory. While in England, Robert Cole died. To settle his estate, there was a second inventory. When the Cole children reached adulthood, they sued their guardian, which generated a third inventory.

These three inventories gave us a unique view into the lives of early Marylanders. It has been especially valuable for me with the genealogical research I have been doing on my family's colonial life and times.
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This is an excellent discussion of farming life in early Maryland.
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