Archive for August, 2008

John Smith and the Problems of Leadership

Monday, August 4th, 2008

Councilor, geographer, diplomat, soldier, taskmaster.  In great measure the Jamestown settlement survived by the hand of Captain John Smith.

 
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The Brothers Powhatan

Monday, August 4th, 2008

In 1607 Indians of Virginia’s Tidewater discovered they had new neighbors on the James River. Their leaders, Powhatan and Opechancanough, countered the English threat in different ways.

 
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Virginia Company Charters and Challenges

Monday, August 4th, 2008

Over its seventeen year life span, the Virginia Company struggled to plant a colony far from the edge of European civilization and to make it yield a profit. To some extent they were making it up as they went along.

 
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Profit Motive and Global Economy

Monday, August 4th, 2008

The Virginia Company’s huge investment finally paid off. Although it came too late to save the company, the profits from tobacco made Jamestown a significant player in the world economy.

 
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Alqonquian Empire

Monday, August 4th, 2008

In 1607, when Christopher Newport’s little fleet anchored in what would be called the James River, it made rival claim to a domain inhabited by the highly organized and sophisticated Powhatan paramount chiefdom.

 
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Africans Come to Virginia

Monday, August 4th, 2008

The great tobacco fortunes of early Virginia would not have been possible but for the steady supply of African slaves toward the end of the 17th century. They were transported from Africa along an extensive and sophisticated pipeline.

 
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England in 1607

Monday, August 4th, 2008

When the early colonists departed England bound for Virginia, they left behind a society divided by class, rank, wealth and religion, but also one uniquely unified in its view of the world.

 
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