By Howsam, Leslie Professor; Raven, James Professor
A ground-breaking assortment by way of 13 extraordinary overseas students; this quantity provides clean views at the alternate of tradition and concepts among remoted groups via books and correspondence, and provides pioneering comparisons among the northern Atlantic and that of Spanish and Portuguese territories extra south.
summary: A ground-breaking assortment by means of 13 distinct foreign students; this quantity offers clean views at the alternate of tradition and concepts among remoted groups via books and correspondence, and gives pioneering comparisons among the northern Atlantic and that of Spanish and Portuguese territories extra south
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7 Despite these early tragedies the Virginia colony did survive, although how far it had achieved a measure of stability by the time of the massacre is still a matter for debate. The development of tobacco as a staple crop coincided with the relocation of Jamestown to a more sanitary site and it brought prosperity if not security to the settlers. As the acquisition of wealth influenced many of the decisions taken for the future of the colony, a locally based elite began to form, leading to the first meeting of representatives from the colony’s four boroughs at the Virginia Assembly in Jamestown in 1619.
Its ambition was to create a ‘staple’ settlement, one intended to provide a monopoly market sending commodities to England. 6 The joint control exercised by the Virginia Company in London and the Council, which ran affairs from within the colony itself, complicated the governance of the colony. On a practical level though, the early settlers came to rely as much on the support of the local Native Americans as on their distant paymasters in England. The Native Americans provided food and shelter for the English settlers, without which the Jamestown colony would have failed just as the Roanoke ventures had done in the 1580s.
Examples of this are recurrent in the following chapters, from the importation of fiction and gossip to the nineteenth-century demand for classical literature publication in North America. One other feature stands out. To examine and compare communities forged by print is also to recognize the signal importance of language in defining and delimiting authority. Translation was important not just in practical terms, but because certain languages carried social cachet as well as cultural power. At the same time, the attention to a diversity of languages across the Atlantic demonstrates how language was a cultural dimension of the colonial project.
Books between Europe and the Americas by Howsam, Leslie Professor; Raven, James Professor