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Title:
The forty years that created America : the story of the explorers, promoters, investors, and settlers who founded the first English colonies
Author:
Lamont, Edward M., 1926- , author.
Publication Information:
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, [2014]
Physical Description:
viii, 287 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Summary:
In this book, author Ted Lamont asks us to reconsider our country's formative years, and explore the stories, lives, achievements, and failures of America'ss earliest founding fathers: those who paved the way for the Colonial Era, and the American Revolution. They were explorers, investors, passionate religious leaders, and determined developers who struggled for generations to successfully plant the English flag in this strange new soil ... The infancy of America--from Roanoke'ss founding in 1585 through the firm establishment of Jamestown and Plymouth in 1625--i2s where we first see planted the seeds of the rest of America'ss colonial, economic, political, and cultural history.--Provided by publisher
Language:
English
Contents:
Treasure, cod, and the northwest passage -- The Elizabethan years -- Probing the forbidden shores -- The English are coming -- Soldier of fortune -- The first English colony -- The king and his princess -- Exploring the Chesapeake -- Captain Newport returns -- Troubles for the president -- Under new management -- Northern Virginia becomes New England -- Indian partners -- The Leiden Separatists -- The Plymouth Plantation -- Indian summer -- Emerging conflicts -- John Winthrop and the Puritans -- King Philip's War -- Virginia and Massachusetts.
ISBN:
9781442236592
Format :
Book

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The names "Jamestown" and "Plymouth" have become synonymous for most students of American history with "founding," and "birth"--both, of the American nation, and of freedom and democracy themselves. In this book, author Ted Lamont asks us to reconsider our country's formative years, and explore the stories, lives, achievements, and failures of America's earliest founding fathers: those who paved the way for the Colonial Era, and the American Revolution. They were explorers, investors, passionate religious leaders, and determined developers who struggled for generations to successfully plant the English flag in this strange new soil. Lamont deftly details the ways in which the stories and struggles of figures like Sir Walter Raleigh, Bartholomew Gosnold, Richard Hakluyt, Sir Ferdinando Gorges, and Captain John Smith were not just related, but connected in ways that help us better understand the colonies and culture born of their efforts. The infancy of America-- from Roanoke's founding in 1585 through the firm establishment of Jamestown and Plymouth in 1625--is where we first see planted the seeds of the rest of America's colonial, economic, political, and cultural history, that was the immensely difficult, and often overlooked, first step toward the New World we are still working to perfect.


Author Notes

Edward M. Lamont served in the U.S. Navy, and was a banker for twenty-three years with the World Bank and JP Morgan & Co. He also worked for the Marshall Plan and NATO in Paris and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, DC. He is a chairman emeritus of The Children's Aid Society in New York City. Lamont is the author of The Ambassador From Wall Street: The Story of Thomas W. Lamont, J.P. Morgan's Chief Executive and Ned Miner and His Pioneering Forebears. He and his wife Camille made their home in Laurel Hollow, Long Island, New York. They have three children and five grand children.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Lamont (The Ambassador from Wall Street) examines English colonization of the New World from 1585-1625 while taking a close look at the activities of Captain John Smith of Jamestown and Governor William Bradford of Plymouth. Between the uneven trajectory of colonization and the various obstacles settlers had to overcome along the way, Lamont arrives at the conclusion that to be motivated by profit was by no means a harbinger of success for colonists. Indian skirmishes, disease, and various disasters made it a wonder any of them survived at all. Lamont covers a lot of literal ground (from Quebec to Florida and beyond) and enlivens his narrative through diaries, letters and publications, and historical legends. John Smith plays a prominent role, particularly in his role as a promoter of English settlement. Many parts of Lamont's story will feel familiar, but readers will learn a great deal more about Sir Walter Raleigh, Pocahontas, and the investors in the settlements. Lamont offers a concise but thorough profile of a period through the eyes of those who lived it. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
1 Treasure, Cod, and the Northwest Passagep. 3
2 The Elizabethan Yearsp. 12
3 Probing the Forbidding Shoresp. 31
4 The English Are Comingp. 43
5 Soldier of Fortunep. 59
6 The First English Colonyp. 67
7 The King and His Princessp. 81
8 Exploring the Chesapeakep. 89
9 Captain Newport Returnsp. 95
10 Troubles for the Presidentp. 101
11 Under New Managementp. 115
12 Northern Virginia Becomes New Englandp. 137
13 Indian Partnersp. 153
14 The Leiden Separatistsp. 166
15 The Plymouth Plantationp. 178
16 The Indian Summerp. 191
17 Emerging Conflictsp. 204
18 John Winthrop and the Puritansp. 225
19 King Philip's Warp. 235
20 Virginia and Massachusettsp. 240
Acknowledgmentsp. 255
Notesp. 257
Referencesp. 269
Indexp. 275
About the Authorp. 287

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