Colonial American History - The Atlantic and Pacific Worlds - New Spain and New France - British America

Chapter 4: Recruitment, Expansion, and Transformation :: The Barbarous Years: The Peopling of British North America: The Conflict of Civilizations, 1600-1675 by Bernard Bailyn

Response / Thought Quotes

  • “the governor’s place here may be as profittable as the lord deputies in Irland.”
  • “walk the streets…[and] apprehend all such vagrant children, both boys and girls, as they shall find on the streets and in the markets or wandering in the night”
  • “deny or refuse such order … they [will] receive no further relief from the parish wherein they inhabit.”
  • “young, handsome and honestlie educated maides … to be disposed in marriage to the most honest and industrious planters”
  • “had not your zealous desires over hasted you and the passage at sea bin soe unfortunate … whereby I had no warning at all given to provide for these people, I should have bine able to have done much better than now I can.”

Thought Questions

  • In what ways did propaganda provide settlers for the colony
  • Who were Sir Edwin Sandys and George Yeardley
  • Explain and Expand: A Declaration of the State of the Colonie
  • In what ways did population recruitment evolve under Sir Edwin Sandys
  • Compare and Contrast: The typical English recruit and the average continental European recruit
  • What role did forced child migrants play in the Jamestown settlement
  • How did the colony economically diversify under Sir Edwin Sandys
  • In what ways did gender impact the development of the colony and what steps did the company take to address the gender imbalance
  • Explain and Expand: “seeking, in the crude, stump-filled tobacco farms of this subtropical lowland, to re-create a world they had known.”
  • Describe the typical physical condition of new migrants to Virginia
  • What impact did Puritanism have on Jamestown and Virginia
  • Explain and Expand: “Among the arrivals in August of that year was the Dutch man-of-war that sold to the colony “20 and odd Negroes” (Angolan natives, they were not the first Africans to appear in the colony’s records: thirty-two—fifteen men and seventeen women—were listed in a muster of March 1619 as “in ye service of severall planters”).”
  • What role did communal farms play in the Virginia settlement

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