Course Description

ONLINE: From 1526 through 1607, 11 European colonies in North America failed. Jamestown, Virginia, nearly failed at least five times. If it had, the United States as we know it would not exist. This lecture-based course will focus on the forces that drove England to attempt colonization in the New World. Students will learn what pressures both the English and the Native Americans were under as Jamestown was settled. We will examine how various English narratives differed from the Native American narrative about what happened, including the tale of Pocahontas and Captain John Smith. We will look at how tobacco and the labor required to grow and export it on a commercial scale set the stage for the indentured servitude of at least 100,000 of the English poor, as well as Atlantic Creole peoples of the Caribbean. This scenario is the basis for the importation of enslaved people from Africa. | Lecture + Q&A.

Max enrollment: 40.

Class sessions are recorded.

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Section Title
Jamestown, Virginia: A Struggling English Colony in a New Light
Online - Zoom
9:00AM to 10:15AM
Oct 02, 2023 to Nov 06, 2023
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Class sessions are recorded.

Please note: Recommended books are for those who wish to know more and are not required reading.

Recommended reading:
James Horn, "A Land as God Made It: Jamestown and the Birth of America" (9780465030941)
Dr. Linwood "Little Bear" Custalow, "The True Story of Pocahontas: The Other Side of History" (9781555916329)
Sam White, "A Cold Welcome: The Little Ice Age and Europe's Encounter with North America" (9780674971929)

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