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Planting an Empire: The Early Chesapeake in British North America… (udgave 2012)
af Jean B. Russo (Forfatter)
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Planting an Empire: The Early Chesapeake in British North America af Jean B Russo
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"Planting an Empire explores the social and economic history of the Chesapeake region, revealing a story of two similar but distinct areas of interaction and settlement during the colonial period. Linked by the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia and Maryland formed a prosperous and politically important region in North America before the American Revolution. Yet these 'sister' colonies--despite their similar climate and soil, emphasis on tobacco farming, and use of enslaved labor--followed divergent social and economic paths. Jean B. Russo and J. Elliott Russo review the shared history of these two colonies, examining not only their unsteady origins, the role of tobacco, and the slow development of a settler society but also the economic disparities and political jealousies that divided Virginia and Maryland. Chronicling the rich history of the Chesapeake Bay region over a 150-year period, the authors discuss in clear and accessible prose the key developments common to both colonies as well as important regional events, including Maryland's 'plundering time,' Bacon's Rebellion in Virginia, and the opening battles of the French and Indian War. They describe how the internal differences and regional discord of the seventeenth century gave way in the eighteenth century to a more coherent regional culture fostered by a shared commitment to slavery and increasing economic maturity. This is a study not just of wealthy plantation owners and government officials but of all the people involved in planting an empire in the Chesapeake region, including poor and middling planters, women, Native Americans, enslaved and free blacks, and non-English immigrants. No other book offers such a comprehensive history of the Maryland and Virginia colonies and their place within the emerging British Empire"--"Before the revolution, the Chesapeake made up one of the most prosperous and politically important regions in the mainland colonies. This book lays out the origins of, the source of earliest material success (tobacco exports) in, social developments in, and growing disparities and jealousies between the two 'sisters' of the Chesapeake: Virginia and Maryland. No one before has attempted this kind of twin 'biography,' and yet it helps enormously to see these two colonies and their growth in the same viewfinder. Protestant Virginia, the larger colony, claiming far reaches of North America, eventually believed itself the rightful leader in colonial politics, especially in resistance to Parliamentary violations of cherished liberties. Catholic-Protestant Maryland, a proprietary province, more diverse and ambitious in its own ways, soon developed along its own economic path and kept a watchful eye on the older sister while complaining also of Calvert-family restrictions and privileges. Differences aside, these colonies 'invented' staple-crop agriculture and African-American slavery in the mainland colonies. They thus contributed heavily to the formation of American interests and character"--
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)975.2 — History and Geography North America Southeastern U.S. Maryland
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