The Virginia Adventure: Roanoke to James Towne: An Archaeological and Historical Odyssey 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0394564463
ISBN-10: 0394564464
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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In an elegantly written tour de force of history and archeology, Hume (Martin's Hundred) tells a dark tale of two cities. One, the earliest English colony in North America, Roanoke Island, off North Carolina, was settled briefly in 1584 by a colonizing expedition organized by Sir Walter Raleigh; a subsequent group of colonists disappeared without a trace by 1590. Jamestown, Va., the first permanent English settlement in America, founded in 1607, was plagued by greedy, feuding administrators, bad management from London, disease, starvation, the colonists' "self-defeating slothfulness," and their paralyzing fear of Indians and of one another, according to Hume, chief archeologist at Colonial Williamsburg. Enlivened by period engravings, paintings, maps, photographs of sites and artifacts, this saga of Anglo-Native American relations shattered by English arrogance and disdain is peopled with astonishing figures like British captain Samuel Argall, who kidnapped Algonquian chief Powhatan's daughter Pocahontas and held her for ransom, and sinister Spanish diplomat/spymaster Pedro de Zuniga who did his best to scuttle the English adventure. BOMC selection.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

In his latest book since Martin's Hundred (LJ 3/15/82), Hume, chief archaeologist at Colonial Williamsburg for 35 years, brings his diverse talents to bear on the historical archaeology of the Roanoke and James Fort (later James Towne) settlements. Drawing extensively on firsthand accounts and other textual sources, he conjures up the feel of the Elizabethan experience that gave life to these settlements. His rendering of settlers and Indians is robust, often tragic, and rich in insight based on his own study of the period. Equally enthralling is his ability to move the reader back and forth in time. Hume also includes masterly and generous accounts of the history of the excavation of these sites and offers his well-informed views on where future work needs to be done. Written with wit, compassion, and tremendous attention to detail, this is historical archaeology at its best. It should appeal to a wide audience of lay readers and scholars interested in the beginning of British American culture in the New World.
Joan Gartland, Detroit P.L.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product details

  • Item Weight : 2.15 pounds
  • Hardcover : 491 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0394564464
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0394564463
  • Product Dimensions : 6.75 x 1.75 x 9.5 inches
  • Publisher : Knopf; 1st Edition (September 13, 1994)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
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